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NHS dentists to host open days

Posted by Yvonne Wallace

Dentists across West Yorkshire are set to open their doors this week in a bid to encourage more people to have their teeth and gums checked on a regular basis.

Individuals living in Bradford and Airedale who have not been to the dentist in the last two years are being encouraged to see an NHS dentist on Wednesday (September 12th).

Catherine Thatcher, deputy director of primary care at NHS Airedale, Bradford and Leeds, told the Telegraph and Argus newspaper that this is the latest idea to get people to the dentist.

“We are particularly keen that patients who have not seen a dentist for two years or more take advantage of this opportunity,” she was quoted as saying.

Each participating practice has a maximum of 20 appointments to offer this week and they will be handed out on a first come, first served basis, while it was noted normal NHS charges and exemptions apply on the day.

British Dental Health Foundation chief executive Dr Nigel Carter recently claimed it can be life-saving to brush teeth for two minutes twice a day.

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