Your views wanted on dental care access

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Wednesday 11 January 2023

Tags: dental care, research, inquiry, dentists, community dentists

The Health and Social Care Committee, a group of cross-party MPs, has launched an inquiry into access to dental care.

Following survey findings that 90% of practices aren’t accepting new adult patients, the committee wants to know how to address inequalities in dental access.

What we’ll be telling the inquiry

We know from our research that good dental care can make a real difference to families with disabled children and prevent long-term problems escalating. And the consequences of poor care for children with existing conditions and health issues can be serious.

Unfortunately, families with disabled children often face multiple barriers to accessing good dental care. Finding information about and getting a referral to specialist dental care can be difficult. The lack of home visits for children with complex needs is a problem. And parents have told us that vital services like community dentists are increasingly scarce.

Share your experiences

If you want to share your experiences of dental care for your disabled child, visit the committee’s inquiry page.

You have until Wednesday 25 January to respond.

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