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This guidance is not designed to be a definitive guide to oral conditions. It is for GPs for the management of acute oral conditions pending being seen by a dentist or dental specialist. GPs should not routinely be involved in dental treatment and, if possible, advice should be sought from the patient’s dentist.  When the patient is not registered with a general dental practitioner (GDP), advise the seek local registration or contact Dental Helpline, tel: 0845 644 2271.  For Out of Hours contact NHS 24.  Refer to GDP/Dental Helpline for follow up.

NB Antibacterial prophylaxis and chlorhexidine mouthwash are NOT recommended for the prevention of endocarditis in patients undergoing dental procedures.  Please refer to BNF for further information.