Concerns raised after rise in emergency East Lancs dental treatment

The increase mirrored a national trend which health campaigners said was down to a rise in the number of families struggling to afford regular check-ups on their teeth

The increase mirrored a national trend which health campaigners said was down to a rise in the number of families struggling to afford regular check-ups on their teeth

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

CONCERNS have been raised after the number of people visiting hospital for emergency dental treatment tripled in East Lancashire last year.

Staff at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) gave emergency dental treatment to 322 patients in 2013, which was up from 106 in 2012, according to figures obtained by the Lancashire Telegraph through Freedom of Information laws.

The increase mirrored a national trend which health campaigners said was down to a rise in the number of families struggling to afford regular check-ups on their teeth, with visits to the dentist becoming a ‘luxury’ for many.

The relevant staff at ELHT were unavailable to discuss the figures yesterday, but a spokesman said it was unclear whether the numbers related to all emergency dental admissions, or just patients who had damaged their teeth through a fall, or a fight, for example.

Nationally, 3,505 went to casualty with tooth problems in 2010/11, but that soared to 14,526 in 2012/13, which led to the Unison union calling for a governmental review into emergency dental treatments.

Christina McAnea, Unison’s head of health, said: “Things are bad when people start neglecting their oral health for money reasons. Some people suffer for hours, sometimes days, with severe tooth pain and find themselves with no other option but to go to A&E as they can’t afford to pay the dentist.

“The link between poor dental health and general health issues is very clear and the growing number of people needing urgent dental attention at A&E is extremely worrying.

“This is the early sign of a major problem.”

The British Dental Association warned patients that ‘short-term savings at the expense of long-term problems really isn’t wise’.

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12:57pm Thu 3 Apr 14

shytalk says...

The British Dental Association warned patients that ‘short-term savings at the expense of long-term problems really isn’t wise’. But what are you supposed to do when you can't afford a dentist and you can't get an NHS appointment?
The British Dental Association warned patients that ‘short-term savings at the expense of long-term problems really isn’t wise’. But what are you supposed to do when you can't afford a dentist and you can't get an NHS appointment? shytalk
  • Score: 11

2:39pm Thu 3 Apr 14

DaveBurnley says...

shytalk wrote:
The British Dental Association warned patients that ‘short-term savings at the expense of long-term problems really isn’t wise’. But what are you supposed to do when you can't afford a dentist and you can't get an NHS appointment?
You've got to get your priorities in order. Nick Clegg thinks it's much more important to send our money off to foreign parts than it is to invest in our healthcare.
[quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: The British Dental Association warned patients that ‘short-term savings at the expense of long-term problems really isn’t wise’. But what are you supposed to do when you can't afford a dentist and you can't get an NHS appointment?[/p][/quote]You've got to get your priorities in order. Nick Clegg thinks it's much more important to send our money off to foreign parts than it is to invest in our healthcare. DaveBurnley
  • Score: 7

2:52pm Thu 3 Apr 14

shytalk says...

DaveBurnley wrote:
shytalk wrote:
The British Dental Association warned patients that ‘short-term savings at the expense of long-term problems really isn’t wise’. But what are you supposed to do when you can't afford a dentist and you can't get an NHS appointment?
You've got to get your priorities in order. Nick Clegg thinks it's much more important to send our money off to foreign parts than it is to invest in our healthcare.
And you wonder why Nigel Farage ripped Cleggs head off last night and p----d down his neck.
Farage could of just kept his mouth shut and still of won the debate ( probably )
Not difficult though when you are up against a proven liar.
Saying that though at least Clegg had the courage to step into the ring which is more than can be said for Cameron and Milliband..
[quote][p][bold]DaveBurnley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: The British Dental Association warned patients that ‘short-term savings at the expense of long-term problems really isn’t wise’. But what are you supposed to do when you can't afford a dentist and you can't get an NHS appointment?[/p][/quote]You've got to get your priorities in order. Nick Clegg thinks it's much more important to send our money off to foreign parts than it is to invest in our healthcare.[/p][/quote]And you wonder why Nigel Farage ripped Cleggs head off last night and p----d down his neck. Farage could of just kept his mouth shut and still of won the debate ( probably ) Not difficult though when you are up against a proven liar. Saying that though at least Clegg had the courage to step into the ring which is more than can be said for Cameron and Milliband.. shytalk
  • Score: 3

7:53pm Thu 3 Apr 14

wazzaz says...

Good old dentists with mouths stuffed with gold. Most of it from ours. Well get used to it because it will only get worse. Capitalism rocks yeah!
Good old dentists with mouths stuffed with gold. Most of it from ours. Well get used to it because it will only get worse. Capitalism rocks yeah! wazzaz
  • Score: 2

6:10pm Fri 4 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

shytalk wrote:
The British Dental Association warned patients that ‘short-term savings at the expense of long-term problems really isn’t wise’. But what are you supposed to do when you can't afford a dentist and you can't get an NHS appointment?
If you eventually get on NHS listing it will only be for a few months before the dentist decides to go Private this has happened to me twice basically these dentists are exploiting the system in order to build a private client list and nothing is being done to stop them
[quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: The British Dental Association warned patients that ‘short-term savings at the expense of long-term problems really isn’t wise’. But what are you supposed to do when you can't afford a dentist and you can't get an NHS appointment?[/p][/quote]If you eventually get on NHS listing it will only be for a few months before the dentist decides to go Private this has happened to me twice basically these dentists are exploiting the system in order to build a private client list and nothing is being done to stop them ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 2

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