Children having tooth extractions in hospital due to lack of dentists

Children having tooth extractions in hospital due to lack of dentists

by Tom Martin (June 2022)

MORE than 70 children in Sefton  had to have tooth extractions in hospitals last year, leading to concerns over a lack of available dentists in the borough.

According to government figures, the parents/carers of these youngsters were unable to get appointments at a local NHS dentist, so resorted to taking them to hospital.

According to the British Dentistry Association, emergency teeth extractions are now the most common reason for children to go to hospital.

Bootle MP Peter Dowd said: “Children in Sefton are ending up in hospital because they can’t get the dental treatment they need.

“The Government must get a grip and ensure children in Sefton can be seen on time and prevent this crisis worsening.”

It has been reported that more than 2,000 dentists quit the NHS last year, leaving millions of people struggling to get checkups or have toothaches fixed, a new report reveals.

The exodus is exacerbating a crisis that has seen patients battle to get dental treatment because so few dental surgeries will see them as NHS patients.

The number of dentists providing NHS care in England fell from 23,733 at the end of 2020 to 21,544 at the end of January this year, according to the latest NHS figures, which have been obtained by the Association of Dental Groups (ADG) under freedom of information laws.

Given that dentists each have a caseload of about 2,000 patients, the depletion of the workforce has left an estimated 4million people without access to NHS care.

The NHS now has the smallest number of dentists it has had for a decade, according to the ADG, which represents major chains of surgeries. Access to NHS dental care is so limited that people in some areas are forced to wait three years for an appointment.

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