Bradford South MP Judith Cummins has today challenged the Prime Minister about the lack of availability of NHS dentists in Bradford South.
Speaking in the House of Commons chamber during this week’s Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQ’s) Judith said: “46% of five year old children in Bradford suffer from tooth decay, compared with 28% across England, and less than half the children living in Bradford’ Districts have seen a dentist in the last two years.
“Given the costs of treating tooth decay far exceed the costs of prevention, would the Prime Minister look at the lack of availability of NHS dentists, in Bradford South, as a matter of urgency.”
Poor oral health can affect children and young people’s ability to sleep, eat, speak, play and socialise with other children. Other impacts include pain, infections, poor diet, and impaired nutrition and growth.
Nationally tooth decay was the most common cause of hospital admissions among five to nine-year-olds, with almost 900 children requiring hospital treatment for tooth decay every week.
Speaking after PMQ’s Judith said: “I’m determined to get a better deal for my constituents in Bradford South. The Government can and must do more to tackle the shortage of NHS dentists in our area and do more to support overall dental health”
“Despite massive cuts to its public health funding, Bradford Council is doing its part to tackle dental health inequalities, commissioning a series of oral health improvement programmes focused on young children’s oral health called ‘Building brighter Smiles’ (BBS). But it does not have control over the availability of NHS dentists”