Dental patients put off visits as cutbacks bite
Up to a million people may be putting off dentist visits because of cuts in state dental schemes.
And nearly eight in 10 dentists are seeing an increase in the number of patients arriving in their surgery in pain.
Most are also having to extract more teeth while also reporting a significant fall in attendance by patients, according to a new survey.
The survey was carried out by the Irish Dental Association to measure the impact of cuts on patients due to reductions in benefits under the medical card scheme and PRSI schemes.
It showed that 92pc of dentists have seen an increase in the frequency of gum disease while 84pc are having to treat more dental infections.