|Funding||NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research|
|Status||Funding awarded/in set-up|
Some people often put off going to a dentist until they have a problem and require urgent dental care. Leaving it until then can mean that the problematic tooth cannot be saved and it needs to be removed. It can also mean longer-term dental health problems and in some cases can leave people feeling embarrassed about their appearance (for example, avoiding smiling). In addition, since over half of people with urgent dental problems receive antibiotics for infection, this adds to the problem of antibiotics being less effective against bacteria because they are used so widely. By obtaining feedback from patients who use urgent dental care services, the RETURN programme has developed the RETURN intervention to try to help patients plan, keep appointments for dental check-ups and assist with any barriers they may have. The results from this study will be used to help us find out whether the RETURN intervention is practical. If it seems be then we will study if the RETURN intervention is practical with a larger number of patients (approximately 1200 patients). The results from the larger study may result in the RETURN intervention being available UK wide and increasing the number patients attending the dentist for regular check-ups and treatment.