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People in East Lancashire urged to get a dentist after shocking survey
CALLS have been made for people to register with a dentist after it was revealed that almost half of the people living in some areas of East Lancashire are not signed up.
According to a health questionnaire only 56 per cent of respondents in Darwen said they were registered with a dentist.
The research by the Blackburn with Darwen Local Involvement Network was carried out after it was found on average, children in the borough have more than two rotten teeth by the age of five.
Blackburn with Darwen Primary Care Trust said it was worried about the amount of people not going to the dentist and is using a Stop The Rot campaign to encourage people to go for check-ups.
NHS East Lancashire is also working hard to ensure there are no waiting lists for dental patients wanting to register with a NHS dentist.
Earlier this year a new practice opened at The Fold Centre for Integrated Health and Wellbeing in Venice Avenue, Burnley, creating 2,500 places.
Darwen councillor Roy Davies, who is also vice-chairman of the health scrutiny committee, said charges and publicity were to blame for people not registering.
He said: “We have NHS dentists available, but in a lot of cases the charges are ridiculous.
“It’s £17.50 for a check-up, £48 for a filling and £206 for root canal treatment, so it’s no wonder that people are going up and down with no teeth. It’s a choice between putting food on the table or going to the dentists.
“It has become endemic over the past 10 years or so, that people don’t want to go, even though sometimes these specialists can spot something that might save your life.
“We need to get advertisements out showing the places that are available at surgeries.”
Ninety-two per cent of respondents in North West Blackburn said they had a dentist, 71 per cent in South West Blackburn, 77 per cent in North East Blackburn, and 72 per cent in South East Blackburn.
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