The shine is dulling from dentistry in England – and it looks like it’ll need a few fillings before budget cuts end.
NHS figures have shown that almost half the adult population (48 per cent) and a third of children (31 per cent) haven’t attended a dentist in two years, leading 400 dentists in England to claim that dentistry standards have fallen to “Third World” levels.
Dentists have pointed to figures showing large numbers of primary school children suffering from major dental hygiene issues, many of which could be easily prevented by dental treatment.
The symptom of this problem is, according to dental professionals, because of budget cuts and continued evasion of the dental treatment issue from The UK Government.
Response from dentists
In an open letter, dentists wrote, “The NHS dental system in England is unfit for purpose.
“Far from improving, the situation has worsened to such an extent that charity groups normally associated with providing dental care in Third World arenas now have to do so in England.
“While we applaud groups such as Dentaid, which volunteer such services, their role serves to demonstrate the lack of a proper national dental strategy and service.
“When more than 90 per cent of all dental diseases can be prevented, it is also a disgrace that children aged under 10 in England are still more likely to be treated in hospital for rotten teeth than for any other medical reason.”
NHS England denied the accusations levelled at them, claiming that nine out of 10 people requiring dental treatment receive it promptly.
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