Oswestry dental practice applies to take on new NHS patients to ease pressure on local services

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A new dental practice in Oswestry, Shropshire, has applied to take on NHS patients to ease pressure on local services.

Pearls, which is located on Willow Street, has submitted an application to start accepting NHS patients, as well as private patients, in a bid to help tackle backlogs amid a severe shortage of dental places in the area.

Principal dentist, Chaitanya Kalisetty, explained that there is currently a shortage of dentists in the region and this is making it extremely difficult for patients to get NHS appointments.

Chaitanya and his wife, Girisha, who is also a dentist, opened the practice after relocating from Welshpool. As locals who live in nearby Gobowen, the duo is eager to help after receiving an incredibly warm welcome from the community.

As well as submitting an application to start welcoming NHS patients to the practice, Mr Kalisetty is also passionate about spreading the word when it comes to promoting oral hygiene and good oral health practices. It is particularly important for patients to look after their teeth and gums at the moment when it’s difficult to get routine appointments.

The move to offer NHS dental places has been backed by local MP, Owen Paterson, who officially opened the practice. Mr Paterson was treated to a tour of the clinic and even sat in the dental chair to undergo a state-of-the-art dental scan.

He is supporting the application and is hopeful that the practice can play an integral role in easing pressure on local dental services and helping to ensure more patients can see an NHS dentist.

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