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Dental insurance as an alternative to the NHS

Many people face real problems trying to access NHS dental care after the 2006 system reforms, according to the NHS. The British Dental Association (BDA) also highlighted the problem following research by Which? With John Milne, chair of the BDA’s general dental practice committee, commenting that inequalities within public dental care need to be ‘tackled imaginatively.

According to government figures, 22,000 people were admitted to hospital in 2008 for emergency dental treatment. Dental procedures carried out by an NHS dentist are not free; however rates are capped by the NHS. Some treatments are not available on the NHS and so paying privately may be the only option to access those procedures.

Dental insurance is one solution that many people use. With differing payment options available to patients including pay monthly or pay by procedure, private dental care guarantees that patients will be seen and will receive the care they need.

Depending on the insurance plan, most policy holders should be entitled to receive oral health checks, internal and external dental checks, x-rays, corrective work, hygienist, specialist and gum treatments.  Check with your local dentist, we are based in Guildford and offer full dental treatments to all in the area Guildford and surrounding areas.

General advice for dentists is that patients should visit for a check-up once every six months. This is to prevent avoidable tooth decay and other dental problems, and to maintain good oral health. Austen Road Dental Practise put this piece together. They are based in Guildford, give them a call if you dental health advice and are based in or around Guildford – Dental Practise Austen Road.