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NHS scheme sees thousands return to dentist

Posted by Yvonne Wallace

Almost 3,000 people have headed to their dentist for the first time in two years as a result of a major NHS scheme.

Some £180,000 was diverted into a scheme to encourage people in Derbyshire to get their teeth checked and it has been deemed to have been a success.

Dentist Mak Sidhu of Park Dental in Chaddesden was among those to take part in the project and said one patient booked an appointment for the first time in 30 years, reports the Derby Telegraph.

“The worst case was someone who had left it so long … that she had very severe gum disease and her teeth were so loose that she had to have several extracted and a denture made,” he told the news provider.

Only 57 per cent of people in Derbyshire go to their dentist every six months as recommended.

Researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia recently found dental anxiety is a common issue and may be why so many patients stay away, with even the mention of the word dentist inspiring fear for some people.

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