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NHS dental budget needs reform to meet patients’ needs

Routine scaling and polishing of teeth should be stopped as the NHS dental budget would be better spent elsewhere, experts warn.

A study, led by Newcastle University, shows that the NHS dental budget is not being spent in the most efficient way and must be better allocated to avoid oral health inequality and meet patients’ needs.

Presenting their findings today at a policy briefing in London, the team says public money used for NHS dentistry in England is based on historical demands rather than evolving with the needs of patients.

Their study reveals that funds should be much more focused on prevention of decay and gum disease and more accessible services.

 

To read the full article please visit the Newcastle University website

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