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Health watchdog suggests dental patients looking for non-urgent treatment are paying for private care

Health watchdog suggests dental patients looking for non-urgent treatment are paying for private care

A health watchdog has suggested that patients who are looking for non-essential dental treatment are being forced to pay for private care.  Representatives from Healthwatch England claim to have received several calls from patients who were unable to access services at an NHS clinic. People have contacted the body after failing to get an appointment […]


Dentists in Wales are ‘firefighting’ to deal with giant backlogs, experts warn

Dentists in Wales are ‘firefighting’ to deal with giant backlogs, experts warn

The chairman of the Welsh general practitioners committee has warned that dentists are ‘firefighting’ to cope with giant backlogs as a result of prolonged lockdown closures. Tom Bysouth described the backlog as “huge” and admitted that it could be months before dental teams are able to catch up following Covid-19 closures and ongoing restrictions. Mr […]


Dental appointments drop in 2020, as Covid-19 lockdowns take their toll

Dental appointments drop in 2020, as Covid-19 lockdowns take their toll

NHS figures show that the number of people accessing NHS dental care has fallen in 2020. Statistics from NHS Digital suggest that there has been a 4% decrease in the number of patients seeing a dentist in England in the 24-month period leading up to the end of June 2020. Although it is likely that […]


Norfolk patients share dental dilemmas

Norfolk patients share dental dilemmas

The Coronavirus has impacted every aspect of society. As dental practices work to clear backlogs after a prolonged period of lockdown, patients in West Norfolk have been sharing their tales of dental woe. The area was already one of the worst affected in terms of dental access, but the crisis has contributed to widespread problems […]


Bristol dental patient shocked by £60 PPE charge

Bristol dental patient shocked by £60 PPE charge

A dental patient from Bristol has spoken of her shock after being charged an extra £60 for PPE (protective personal equipment). Beverly Hawkins took to social media to ask other patients in the local area whether they had paid extra for dental treatment. Beverly was surprised to see a £60 surcharge on her bill after […]


The British Dental Association warns of impending access crisis

The British Dental Association warns of impending access crisis

The British Dental Association has warned of an impending dental access crisis in the aftermath of prolonged Covid-19 lockdowns and restricted patient numbers. The BDA suggested that patient numbers have “fallen off a cliff” in England since March, with the majority of practices closed for several weeks. NHS Digital figures for Shropshire show that patient […]


Brave dentist prepares to swim the English Channel to raise money for charity

Brave dentist prepares to swim the English Channel to raise money for charity

A brave dentist from Sheffield is preparing to swim the English Channel to raise money for dental charity, Dentaid. Jim Lafferty is aiming to complete the challenge, which involves navigating choppy waters and negotiating currents, between the 9th and 15th of September. The shortest course is 21 miles, but with currents taken into account, Jim […]


Norfolk councillors demand answers as dental access issue is branded ‘a scandal’

Norfolk councillors demand answers as dental access issue is branded ‘a scandal’

Councillors in Norfolk are demanding action after branding access issues to NHS dental care ‘a scandal.’ At a recent meeting of Norfolk County Council’s health scrutiny committee, Labour councillor, Brenda Jones suggested that is was scandalous that in 2020, people who are in pain in the county cannot access an NHS dentist. Ms Jones described […]


Dental patients unhappy with extra PPE charges

Dental patients unhappy with extra PPE charges

Dental patients are unhappy about paying more to see a dentist, as some practices have started adding extra PPE charges.  Mydentist is one of several chains and independent dental businesses charging patients more to cover the cost of providing PPE (personal protective equipment). One patient, who attended a mydentist clinic in Kent, claimed that the […]


Surrey dentist warns against TikTok whitening craze

Surrey dentist warns against TikTok whitening craze

A dentist from Surrey is urging patients to avoid trying to copy a new TikTok craze, which involves rubbing bleach directly onto the teeth.  One video, which has received more than 15 million views, captures a TikTok influencer using a cotton bud to apply hydrogen peroxide directly onto the tooth surface. Since the craze went […]