Inequalities in dental care are set to soar!
In the UK, dental care is available on the NHS, to make good dental health available to everyone. But, with more dentists going private, inequality in dental care is becoming ever more obvious.
But this is before many proposed governments cuts have been implemented.
Changes to NHS dentistry will be introduced over the next year. Last week we looked at the way our appointments will be changing. An appointment every six months will change to one appointment every two years. Scale and polishes will be a thing of the past and obtaining appointments for new will be harder. This is because more and more practices are closing their doors on NHS patients looking to register.
Further NHS cuts and YOU.
In the past few months, people in the UK have had to rely on dental charities to provide treatment where the NHS is failing them. For children, up to the age of 18 NHS dental care is completely free. However, more and more children are being denied access to an NHS dentist, purely because there is a shortage of NHS practices that are taking on new patients.
Why is oral health so vital?
Further NHS cuts are worrying. Poor oral health can lead to a whole bunch of other health problems. Untreated gum disease is shown to lead to fatal conditions such as heart failure. Dentists aren’t only trained to spot cavities and poor oral health, they can spot the signs of illnesses such as oral cancers and infections. Dentists can also spot the signs of domestic abuse and provide support and information to the patients that need it.
On top of that, dentists are also able to help patients keep on top of their illnesses. Patients with diabetes benefit from regular visits to the dentist as good dental health has been proven to help the management of type 2 diabetes. You can read more about this here.
Unfortunately, this goes beyond physical health problems. Poor oral health can be stigmatised in social settings and in professional environments. Poor oral health can force people to seclude themselves and become anxious about their appearance.
With further cuts to NHS dentistry, we worry about the future of affordable dental care in the UK. The future looks pretty bleak for NHS dentistry and we are certain further cuts will be announced.
If you need to register yourself or your family with and NHS dentist, we can help you.
On our website www.defactodentists.com, we have thousands of practices from across the UK, ready and waiting to treat you. To find an NHS dentist near you, head to our website and search your location. Then, from the checklist on the left, select NHS. This will narrow your search further. Then, simply browse through the practices. Read reviews from existing patients, check out the treatments on offer and get to know the practice teams. All you have to do is get in touch with the practice that best suits your needs.
The smile you want is achievable with Defacto Dentists!!