About the Swedish Public Dental Service

The Swedish Public Dental Service provides general dental care, specialist dental care and hospital dental care. Achieving improved dental health is our overriding aim.
Whatever your age, we can help you improve your dental and oral health.

Brief history

In 1924, the Swedish Parliament commissioned a report on dental care for the entire Swedish population.

In 1938, the Public Dental Service was established. Initially for children, it was expanded in stages. New professions were added, notably dental hygienists in the 1960s.

There are 21 regional Public Dental Service organisations in Sweden today, one in each County Council area/region.

Swedes have good dental health

Providing preventative dental care for children and teenagers is the most important task of the County Council and regional Public Dental Service organisations. For over 30 years, the Public Dental Service has provided regular free dental care for all children and teenagers between the ages of 3 and 19. As a result, Swedish children have excellent dental health. In 2000, six out of ten 12 year-olds had never had a hole in their teeth.
Most adults in Sweden also have good dental health. For instance, twice as many people aged between 75 and 84 still have their own teeth today compared to twenty years ago.

Specialist dental care

The Public Dental Service also provides specialist dental care, where specialist dentists perform more complicated dental services such as orthodontic work, dental surgery, treatment of dental and oral diseases and tooth injuries.

Source: Swedish Municipalities and County Councils

Facts

Around 95-98% of all children receive dental health care from the Public Dental Service.

Around 40% of all adults receive dental health care from the Public Dental Service.