Thousands of people are not going to the dentist

Thousands of people are not going to the dentist

Thousands of people are not going to the dentist

First published in News by , Health reporter

THOUSANDS of adults and children in Brighton and Hove are not seeing an NHS dentist regularly.

Latest figures reveal 145,426 people in the city saw an NHS dentist in the two years leading up to June this year, 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 and made it more difficult for people to get an appointment.

People struggling financially may be another reason for the drop in patients.

The figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre reveal in East Sussex the number of people using a dentist rose from 288,136 to 295,3311 and in West Sussex it increased from 420,767 to 454,791.

New practices have been set up and services have been expanded in recent years, leading to a gradual rise in the number of patients getting treatment.

However Brighton and Hove still has a way to go hit the same levels as it was in 2006.

Regular dental checks can prevent or detect cavities, gum disease and mouth cancer.

A spokesman for NHS England said: “We are pleased that progress on improving access to NHS dentistry has been maintained and we are committed to making further progress.”

Patients can use the Sussex Dental Helpline on 0300 100 0899 to find a suitable service. It receives about 600 calls every month from patients in the Brighton and Hove area alone.

Patients are given details of practices with urgent access appointments or those accepting new patients for routine care.

The news follows a warning about patient access to NHS dentistry from the health consumer watchdog.

Healthwatch England said patients are being given “confusing and inaccurate” information about where they can get dental care on the NHS and many struggle to know where to turn.

Some patients are travelling further afield to find an NHS dentist while others get discouraged and end up paying for private treatment instead.

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11:37am Mon 25 Aug 14

calro75 says...

These figures are hardly surprising. I tried many times to find dentists in Brighton and Hove who accept nhs patients and the vast majority don't. They don't even accept kids unless you are prepared to pay privately. The nhs website is also totally useless as it will tell you that dental practices are accepting patients but when you phone up they say they're not. Basically, the only way you are going to treatment is if you pay for it.
These figures are hardly surprising. I tried many times to find dentists in Brighton and Hove who accept nhs patients and the vast majority don't. They don't even accept kids unless you are prepared to pay privately. The nhs website is also totally useless as it will tell you that dental practices are accepting patients but when you phone up they say they're not. Basically, the only way you are going to treatment is if you pay for it. calro75
  • Score: 9

12:32pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Valentinian says...

I went to see the Dentist today. While he was looking at my teeth he said, "It looks like you've been eating too much sugar."

I don't mind him saying I'm fat but if he calls me sugar again, I'll tw@t him!


Old lady goes to the Dentist, sits on the chair, lowers her panties and lifts her legs up.
Dentist says "I'm not a Gynaecologist."
"I know," she says "I want you to take my husband's teeth out!"



Crimewatch....."Can you identify any of these rioters caught on CCTV?

Err...NO! ....Sorry, I'm not a dentist!





m always hearing that air crash victims and murder victims getting identified by their dental records. If the Police don't know who they are, then how the hell do they know who their Dentist is
I went to see the Dentist today. While he was looking at my teeth he said, "It looks like you've been eating too much sugar." I don't mind him saying I'm fat but if he calls me sugar again, I'll tw@t him! Old lady goes to the Dentist, sits on the chair, lowers her panties and lifts her legs up. Dentist says "I'm not a Gynaecologist." "I know," she says "I want you to take my husband's teeth out!" Crimewatch....."Can you identify any of these rioters caught on CCTV? Err...NO! ....Sorry, I'm not a dentist! m always hearing that air crash victims and murder victims getting identified by their dental records. If the Police don't know who they are, then how the hell do they know who their Dentist is Valentinian
  • Score: 0

12:57pm Mon 25 Aug 14

sussexram40 says...

No, because most have gone private and a lot of people simply can't afford to go.
No, because most have gone private and a lot of people simply can't afford to go. sussexram40
  • Score: 4
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