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Decaying Britain: how severe is the NHS dental crisis?

Today the number one reason children are admitted to hospital is due to severe dental issues.


People up and down the country have been struggling to get NHS dental appointments for the past few years, forcing some to pay inflated prices for private treatment, or ignore their oral health until it’s reached an unbearable point. This crisis is also greatly impacting children across the nation, and today the number one reason children are admitted to hospital is due to severe dental issues.

So how did we get here? Why is the UK faced with Dickensian rot in 2024?

Anoosh Chakelian, Britain editor, is joined by policy correspondent Harry Clarke-Ezzidio, and policy associate editor, Sarah Dawood.


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