We continue to call on Government to make significant investments in dentistry in order to serve the oral health needs of the population and also to ensure a high performing, sustainable dental workforce.
1. More investment in children's oral health: the 2015 Child Dental Health Survey showed 66% of Welsh 15-year-olds have decay, compared with 41% across the border.
2. Make dental charges affordable: Nearly 400,000 people in Wales have delayed or avoided dental treatment because of costs
3. Advancing the Health Boards: we call on the Health Boards to spend their full funds for primary dental care each year, and we've highlighted the £20million lost to denitstry through clawback and contract reduction over the last three years.
4. Progress on dental regulation: regulation of dentists must be proportionate and appropriate for patient safety
5. Plan for the future: we call for a truly prevention-based contract, alongside evidence-based workforce planning, with incentives to encourage the best dentists to train and work in Wales.
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Campaigning for better oral health
When it comes to oral health, we believe in prevention first: tooth decay is an avoidable disease and we are campaigning for Government's to take this problem seriously, to act now and invest in real prevention.