We know that NHS dental services are under significant pressure around the country. The Covid-19 pandemic created a significant and ongoing backlog of patients which is, in turn, placing increased pressure on the workforce.
Constituents are often in touch with my team and me regarding a lack of provision locally. We do what we can to help and make clear to the Government and NHS representatives the severe concerns of residents.
As patients find it more difficult than ever to see a dentist, the role of preventative oral health interventions has never been more urgent to consider.
I was pleased to meet with representatives of Mars Wrigley to discuss their research into the costs and benefits of several important oral health interventions: fluoridating more of the water supply, promoting sugar-free gum and targeting supervised brushing for children in the most deprived areas of the UK.
The report found that investing in preventative oral health interventions would, as one might expect, reduce the pressure on dentists and thus increase access for patients across the country.
I support these three simple interventions and will help to make the case clear and strong to the necessary Ministers in Government.
Oral health matters. Protecting our teeth today prevents future decay.