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Experts raise concerns over dentist shortage, as number of new recruits falls by a fifth in 3 years

Experts raise concerns over dentist shortage, as number of new recruits falls by a fifth in 3 years

Experts have raised concerns over a dentist shortage after figures revealed that the number of new dentists has fallen by one-fifth in the last three years. Researchers suggested that recruitment issues are already becoming more commonplace, and the situation is set to get worse with falling numbers of graduates and a high number of dentists […]


The Oral Health Foundation’s Dental Helpline takes its 400,000th call

The Oral Health Foundation’s Dental Helpline takes its 400,000th call

The Oral Health Foundation’s Dental Helpline has taken its 400,000th call. The helpline, which has been up and running for two decades, has helped thousands of patients who were unsure of where to turn to for dental advice and information. Dr Nigel Carter OBE, chief executive of the Oral Health Foundation, said that the helpline […]


Mobile dental unit provides treatment for homeless people in Chippenham

Mobile dental unit provides treatment for homeless people in Chippenham

A mobile dental unit has provided much-needed treatment for homeless people in Chippenham. Volunteers from Dentaid staffed a mobile unit, which paid Unity House a visit recently. Unity House is part of the Supported Housing North Scheme run by the charity, Alabaré, in association with Chippenham Town Council. The van, which is kitted out with […]


More than a million people are struggling to see a dentist in England, new survey suggests

More than a million people are struggling to see a dentist in England, new survey suggests

More than a million people are struggling to get an appointment with an NHS dentist, a new survey suggests. Analysis of the most recent NHS GP Patient Survey found that around a quarter of participants are not currently registered with an NHS dentist. This equates to around 1.03 million people. The British Dental Association has […]


Longton parking warden to change job following assault that left him needing over £10,000 worth of dental work

Longton parking warden to change job following assault that left him needing over £10,000 worth of dental work

A parking warden who was assaulted by an angry motorist is set to change job. Daniel Fairclough, from Longton near Stoke-on-Trent, was attacked by Grant Saville after giving him a ticket for parking in a disabled bay without a blue badge. Mr Fairclough tried to run away from Mr Saville, who became aggressive after spotting […]


Hundreds of thousands of patients fined for filling in dental forms incorrectly, investigation reveals

Hundreds of thousands of patients fined for filling in dental forms incorrectly, investigation reveals

Hundreds of thousands of dental patients have been fined as a result of filling in exemption forms incorrectly, a National Audit Office investigation has revealed. Research shows that there has been a ten-fold increase in the number of patients receiving £100 penalty fines, with many forced to pay out after making honest, genuine mistakes. Fines […]


Fenland residents struggling to see a dentist amid staff shortages

Fenland residents struggling to see a dentist amid staff shortages

Health campaigners in Fenland have raised concerns about access to local NHS dental services as residents face struggles to see a dentist. Members of Healthwatch Cambridge and Healthwatch Peterborough have been contacted by patients who are finding it increasingly tough to make an appointment with an NHS dentist. According to a report compiled by the […]


Community dental service launches new initiative to improve access in Widnes and Runcorn

Community dental service launches new initiative to improve access in Widnes and Runcorn

A community dental service has launched a new NHS initiative to improve access to local dental services in Runcorn and Widnes. Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust already works with patients who struggle to access services as a result of disability and special needs, and it is now working to assist patients facing other barriers. […]


New Sleaford dental centre creates 20 jobs

New Sleaford dental centre creates 20 jobs

A new dental clinic has opened in Sleaford, increasing the number of dental places available in the area and creating 20 new jobs. Treeline Dental in Southgate is now officially open, and the response from patients has been incredible. When the practice owner, Dr Jimmy Palahey, announced the opening, there was an influx of calls […]


Truro man pulls out his own tooth after struggling to find a dentist for 18 months

Truro man pulls out his own tooth after struggling to find a dentist for 18 months

A man from Truro in Cornwall has pulled out his own tooth after struggling to find an NHS dentist for over 18 months. David Woodhouse, 62, said that he decided to extract his own tooth after finding it impossible to get an appointment with a dentist near his home. Mr Woodhouse was experiencing ongoing pain […]