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People putting health at risk in Brighton and Hove
1:10pm Saturday 23rd February 2013 in News
Thousands of adults and children in Brighton and Hove are not seeing a dentist regularly, putting their health at risk.
The latest figures show 149,086 people saw an NHS dentist in the two years leading up to December 2012, compared to 154,846 in the two years before March 2006.
This was when a new charging system was introduced, which led to large numbers of dentists leaving the NHS, making it more difficult for people to get an appointment.
New practices have been set up in the city since and services expanded in a bid to increase the number of people getting access to treatment.
The NHS in Brighton and Hove has been tendering for new services soon to help boost numbers and existing practices have been given extra funding to see more patients.
In East Sussex the number of people using a dentist rose from 288,136 to 295,630 and in West Sussex it increased from 420,767 to 434,475.
Routine check-ups are recommended as they can detect cavities, gum disease and mouth cancer.
Anyone looking to join up to an NHS dentist should call 0300 1000 899 or visit the website www.nhs.uk.
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