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NHS failing to direct patients to dentists

NHS patients are still facing problems finding an NHS dentist in England, research suggests. A survey found some patients were confused by charges for dental treatment as access to dentistry within the NHS has been a long running problem. To help patients navigate their way round the system, NHS Choices now provides details of which […]

Tooth decay affects 12% of three year olds

More than one in ten three year olds children have tooth decay according to the first survey of this age group. Public Health England researchers checked the teeth of nearly 54,000 children at nurseries, children’s centres and playgroups. They found that 12% of children had evidence of tooth decay. These youngsters had an average of […]

More than 1,000 doctors, dentists targeted by HMRC over tax evasion

More than 1,000 doctors and dentists are under investigation by the tax authorities amid accusations they are guilty of tax evasion. In some cases Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is considering launching separate criminal investigations against some of the doctors and dentists. The latest campaign was launched in December 2010 and has uncovered a […]

False dental claim fines hit thousands

More than 8,000 NHS dental patients have been fined in the past year for claiming free treatment when they were not eligible in the last year.The fines totalled more than one million Pounds. Some of those affected say the rules about who does and does not qualify were not made clear to them. But the […]

Dentists’ warning on acidic soft drinks including smoothies and juices

Children’s teeth are rotting by health conscious parents misguidedly giving them too many acidic fruit smoothies and juice drinks- senior dentists have warned.The concerns were raised as official figures disclosed that dental problems have become the third most common reason for children to be admitted to hospital. The investigation reveals that the acid levels of […]

Bad dental health can lead to pneumonia Yale research

Thousands of elderly people are at increased risk of pneumonia this winter if they fail to brush their teeth regularly new research has found.The Dental Health Foundation has warned that poor oral hygiene could cause the respiratory infection after research found a link between bacteria in the mouth and the lung disease. Dr Samit Joshi […]

Dentists overcharging NHS patients hundreds of pounds

Some dentists are overcharging NHS patients by hundreds of pounds a time, an undercover investigation has found. They are quoting patients up to £725 for work which should cost just £198, under the current three tiered payment system for NHS work. They are also commonly neglecting to offer patients a scale and polish alongside a […]

NHS should stop wasting money on “ineffective” operations warns bean counter quango

Health authorities should stop wasting money on “ineffective” operations like tonsil removals and wisdom teeth extractions, according to the quango Audit Commission. It has calculated that the NHS could save £500 million a year by doing so, that could be put towards more worthwhile treatments. Its briefing, Reducing expenditure on low clinical value treatments, found […]

High costs put patients off from going to the dentist

The cost of NHS dentistry is prompting some patients to delay treatment or opt for cheaper care, a survey suggests. The NHS Information Centre poll of more than 11,000 people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland found a fifth had put off treatment over price. The Adult Dental Health Survey, which is carried out every […]

NHS dentists play the system to put income before care

Dentists are still encouraging patients to return for excessive appointments and follow-ups, putting income ahead of care, research suggests.Data gathered by the Conservatives shows dentists to be “gaming the system”. The Tory analysis, based on figures for 2008-09, suggests that 6.8 million slots could have been made available to those without access to an NHS […]