Dental care

I had a mastectomy 3 months ago and have been prescribed letrozole
A dexa scan shows I have osteoporosis and due to the impact of letrozole on my bones I have been prescribed allendronic acid
Am I entitled to free dental care do you know as I know bisphosphonates require careful oral health?

Can you ask your breast care nurse if MacMillan ? You are entitled to free prescriptions but I’m not sure about dental care, unless you qualified anyway ( benefits ).

I did not recieve free dental care when on alendronic acid, but did suffer osteonecrosis of the jaw and lost my upper left incisor ( which was an implant) as a result.
I was taken off anastrozol due to my increased fracture risk, and put on tamoxifen

Hi there….having bisphosphonates does not entitle you to free dental care……but check your entitlement anyway eg if you are in receipt of UC etc
I struggled to find an NHS dentist as mine had recently gone private….I contacted my MP and they contacted NHS England on my behalf , so I now have an nhs dentist….I’ve just had my 6 th and last treatment…… I have a deep clean every 6 months as well as my check up….right under the gums ….they do this in 2 halves as it’s quite invasive….I am charged the band 2 nhs charge …which is £70 for the check up and 2 hygienist appointments every 6 months……hope you get sorted

Hi Sue

Thanks for posting.

As you suggest, good oral hygiene in important when you are having bisphosphonates. However, this does not entitle you to free dental care. As @klf suggests you may be eligible for free dental care if you are receiving certain benefits. If you think you might be eligible for any benefits our information about Financial support and benefits may be of interest to you.

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