Posts Tagged ‘New Zealand’

Hamilton dentist raises concerns over link between poverty and ‘third-world dental problems’ in New Zealand

Hamilton dentist raises concerns over link between poverty and ‘third-world dental problems’ in New Zealand

A dentist from Hamilton has raised concerns over the link between poverty and ‘third-world’ dental issues in New Zealand. Assil Russell, dentist and co-founder of dental charity, Revive a Smile, said that the situation is so bad in parts of the country that she has started a petition for subsidies to be made available to […]


Public health expert brands childhood decay a “disease of poverty” in New Zealand

Public health expert brands childhood decay a “disease of poverty” in New Zealand

A public health expert in New Zealand has branded childhood decay a “disease of poverty.” Dr Rob Beaglehole, co-author of a recent report focused on the consequences of childhood decay, said that it is clear that poorer children have a much higher risk of developing decay than kids from more affluent areas. The report, which […]


New Zealand dentists urge the government to do more to support low income patients

New Zealand dentists urge the government to do more to support low income patients

New Zealand’s Dental Association has urged the government to do more to make dental care more accessible to patients on a low income. The Dental Association claims that the people who need dental care the most are missing out on routine appointments, leaving them at risk of complex oral health issues. Although support is available […]


News channel survey reveals strong support for free dental care in New Zealand

News channel survey reveals strong support for free dental care in New Zealand

A survey conducted by a major news channel in New Zealand has revealed overwhelmingly strong support for free dental care. In light of comments made by former Prime Minister Helen Clark, 1 News ran a Facebook poll asking people to vote in favour of or against free dental care. Almost 4,700 people voted, with 4,600 […]


Leading New Zealand dentist calls for additional funding for services, as dental treatment becomes a luxury

Leading New Zealand dentist calls for additional funding for services, as dental treatment becomes a luxury

One of New Zealand’s leading dentists has called for funding to be made available for affordable dental services after suggesting that dental care has become a luxury for many. Associate Professor Jonathan Broadbent, head of Preventative and Restorative Dentistry at Otago University, said that the most recent dental survey indicates that more and more people […]


Health experts in New Zealand raise concerns as number of children with severe dental issues rises

Health experts in New Zealand raise concerns as number of children with severe dental issues rises

New Zealand health experts have raised concerns as statistics show that the number of children with severe dental issues has risen. Although research suggests that children generally have better oral health than they did a decade ago, the number of young children with serious dental issues has increased. Dentists are worried that more and more […]


New Zealand dentists call for a focus on preventative care for the country’s poor

New Zealand dentists call for a focus on preventative care for the country’s poor

Dentists in New Zealand are calling for more focus on preventative care for the poor in a bid to reduce spending on emergency treatment and prevent more cases of severe decay and dental infections. According to statistics from the Ministry of Social Development, the department of Work and Income has dished out more than $140 […]


Otago children face a lengthy wait to see a dentist

Otago children face a lengthy wait to see a dentist

Children living in the Otago region of New Zealand are facing a lengthy wait to see the dentist, it has been revealed. Figures show that almost 20 percent of children in Dunedin are up to 10 months behind where they should be in terms of dental checks, with many facing a wait of several months […]


Thousands of Manawatu children waiting months to see a dentist

Thousands of Manawatu children waiting months to see a dentist

Thousands of children in the Manawatu area of New Zealand are waiting for dental treatment, it has been revealed. In the worst cases, children have been waiting up to 19 months to get the treatment they need. The latest figures show that more than 7,000 children are waiting to see a dentist. Experts believe it […]


New dental unit set to hit the roads in Manawatu

New dental unit set to hit the roads in Manawatu

A new mobile dental unit is set to hit the roads of Manawatu, it has been confirmed. The service will replace an old dental van, which was damaged last year. Health officers have confirmed that a brand new, state of the art mobile clinic has been commissioned to provide mobile services for children who attend […]