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Access to NHS dentists ‘best for a long time’

Posted by Allie Wright

The access to NHS dentists in the UK is as good as it has been for a long time, according to Karen Coates, dental advisor at the British Dental Health Foundation.

She was commenting on the release of official figures which showed some 29.5 million patients were seen in the 24-month period ending December 2011, an increase of around 1.3 million on statistics for five years beforehand.

But Ms Coates admitted it is likely there are certain “pockets” around the country where there is only “limited” access to an NHS dentist, with these likely to be rural parts of the UK.

She said it is possible to travel to another area, “however it would mean that your Primary Care Trust would have to fund the treatment through the Primary Care Trust in the area in which you were receiving the treatment”.

Some 56.4 per cent of the population visited an NHS dentist according to the new figures, compared with the 2006 baseline of 55.8 per cent.

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