Friday, April 02, 2004

Times Online - Health: "Nigel Carter, the chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF), traces the decay in services back to the Seventies ? ironically, to when fluoride was introduced to toothpaste. Tooth decay fell suddenly by more than 40 per cent and the number of dentists was cut. ?The expected downturn in demand has been anything but that. It?s not just fill and extract today ? demands are much higher,? Carter says. "

"Any day now, the profession expects to see the results of an NHS manpower review of dentistry. It is likely to conclude what everyone already knows: that there is a shortage of dentists willing to work in the NHS"