Emergency dental treatment at A&E on the rise as cash-strapped Brits can't afford dentist bills

By January 31, 2014 January 2nd, 2020 No Comments

Families are putting off routine dentist visits to save cash and paying the price when they need painful treatment

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Say arrrrrgggghhhhh! A visit to the dentist can save a stay in A&E

The number of people forced to visit A&E for emergency dental work has quadrupled.

Experts put the rise down to hard-up families putting off routine dental work to save cash.

Just 3,505 went to casualty with tooth agony in 2010-11 but that soared to 14,526 in 2012-13.

Unison’s head of health Christina McAnea said trips to the dentist had become a luxury for many thanks to soaring bills and the Tory-led Coalition’s austerity measures.

She said: “Things are bad when people neglect oral health for money reasons. This is the early sign of a major problem.” Dentistry is one of the few NHS services people pay for. Costs range from £18 to £214 depending on the treatment.

But the British Dental Association warned “short-term savings at the expense of long-term problems really isn’t wise”. And Manchester dentist Ben Atkins said: “Many people are eligible for free NHS treatment and may not know it.”

He pointed out Tory health reforms may have made it “harder for people with serious dental ­problems to know where to go”.

Labour’s Andrew Gwynne said: “To ease this pressure on hospitals, the Government must help patients to register with NHS dentists.” more

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