Concern over Bradford's growing tooth decay problem

Concern over Bradford's growing tooth decay problem

Concern over Bradford's growing tooth decay problem

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NHS bosses will be asked to explain what they are doing to address Bradford's growing tooth decay problem, a health board meeting heard.

The district's under-fives have the worst dental health in the Yorkshire region, if not the country, a meeting of Bradford's Health and Wellbeing Board heard yesterday.

And the board was told the problem had grown markedly since dentistry services became the responsibility of NHS England.

Board chairman, Bradford Council leader Councillor David Green, said: "It's becoming a bigger and bigger problem that I am growing increasingly concerned about."

Cllr Green said he had had a number of dentists through his doors who were "basically at their wits' end because of the pressure on them".

He said he was particularly worried at the "number of people, particularly children, presenting at A&E with really quite serious oral infections as a result of the lack of dental care".

He added: "I don't know whether that's in part down to not going to the dentist or whether it's an increasing difficulty in getting into a dental service, which is also true, as I know from personal experience."

Director of public health Anita Parkin said something had to be done.

She said: "We have got the worst dental health in under-fives, certainly in Yorkshire and the Humber, if not the country.

"We can't say it's because people don't do this, that or the other."

And Andrew Jones, manager of patients' group Healthwatch Bradford and District, said it was often the most disadvantaged people who were affected the most.

He said: "The biggest enquiry issue that Healthwatch gets is about NHS dentistry. That's nothing new, but dental care and oral health have a huge inequalities element to it."

The meeting heard a few years ago a major co-ordinated campaign to improve dental health had been making significant progress locally.

But then in April last year there was a major national restructure of health services, which meant that NHS England was given the role of commissioning dental services.

Cllr Green said he would like to invite someone from NHS England to a future meeting, to "explain how they are going to provide a co-ordinated service in Bradford".

The board also agreed it wanted to do what it could in areas such as education to improve the situation.

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8:50pm Tue 29 Jul 14

sorrow&anger says...

Another national league table and Bradford's at the bottom. When will City Hall wake up and realise that things aren't good in Bradford and something needs to be done, apart from hot air and glossy brochures.
Another national league table and Bradford's at the bottom. When will City Hall wake up and realise that things aren't good in Bradford and something needs to be done, apart from hot air and glossy brochures. sorrow&anger
  • Score: 16

9:58pm Tue 29 Jul 14

buffetlegs says...

Something should be done about the many families in our region that do not have access to a National Health dentist. These families should be identified and helped to enjoy the services that the rest of us have.
Something should be done about the many families in our region that do not have access to a National Health dentist. These families should be identified and helped to enjoy the services that the rest of us have. buffetlegs
  • Score: 2

10:32pm Tue 29 Jul 14

-Raven- says...

Its so hard to even get with an NHS dentist in Bradford. Doesn't matter if your under 5 or and OAP . or the dentist you have been with for more than 10 years, They then send you a letter stating you've missed an appointment. (which i hadn't )there fore we've taken you off the list. But its not just myself but my whole family. Now i cant even get registerd with one, unless im willing to go Private
Its so hard to even get with an NHS dentist in Bradford. Doesn't matter if your under 5 or and OAP . or the dentist you have been with for more than 10 years, They then send you a letter stating you've missed an appointment. (which i hadn't )there fore we've taken you off the list. But its not just myself but my whole family. Now i cant even get registerd with one, unless im willing to go Private -Raven-
  • Score: 10

10:56pm Tue 29 Jul 14

i'dliketosay says...

My dentist has decided to go private. There is already no dental practices in my area and this is making things worse
My dentist has decided to go private. There is already no dental practices in my area and this is making things worse i'dliketosay
  • Score: 6

11:09pm Tue 29 Jul 14

pcmanners says...

The state should not be responsible for providing dental or medical services. They are a matter for the individual who should expect to have to pay for them. After the next election the health service will be fully privatised; people had just better get used to the idea and make their own provision.
The state should not be responsible for providing dental or medical services. They are a matter for the individual who should expect to have to pay for them. After the next election the health service will be fully privatised; people had just better get used to the idea and make their own provision. pcmanners
  • Score: -18

12:12am Wed 30 Jul 14

Sharonno says...

Please please don't let them talk you into fluoride in the water, it will NOT help the teeth as it goes past when you swallow it. It is a toxin which thins the bones and causes lots of problems, it does not solve tooth decay, but it does put money in the pockets of the councils who agree to it.
Please please don't let them talk you into fluoride in the water, it will NOT help the teeth as it goes past when you swallow it. It is a toxin which thins the bones and causes lots of problems, it does not solve tooth decay, but it does put money in the pockets of the councils who agree to it. Sharonno
  • Score: 4

6:10am Wed 30 Jul 14

micela22 says...

less sweets/fizzy pop? drink more water, toothpaste & toothbrushes can be bought cheaply, regular cleaning.... NHS Dentists are now happy to see patients 12 monthly, I pay fees, my dentist went private, but he still wants 6 monthly check ups. Another area of NHS mismanagement
less sweets/fizzy pop? drink more water, toothpaste & toothbrushes can be bought cheaply, regular cleaning.... NHS Dentists are now happy to see patients 12 monthly, I pay fees, my dentist went private, but he still wants 6 monthly check ups. Another area of NHS mismanagement micela22
  • Score: 10

10:34am Wed 30 Jul 14

Bikerbeardy says...

micela22 wrote:
less sweets/fizzy pop? drink more water, toothpaste & toothbrushes can be bought cheaply, regular cleaning.... NHS Dentists are now happy to see patients 12 monthly, I pay fees, my dentist went private, but he still wants 6 monthly check ups. Another area of NHS mismanagement
spot on, nothing to do with shortage of dentists, just bad parenting, bad teeth at 5 years old !!!
[quote][p][bold]micela22[/bold] wrote: less sweets/fizzy pop? drink more water, toothpaste & toothbrushes can be bought cheaply, regular cleaning.... NHS Dentists are now happy to see patients 12 monthly, I pay fees, my dentist went private, but he still wants 6 monthly check ups. Another area of NHS mismanagement[/p][/quote]spot on, nothing to do with shortage of dentists, just bad parenting, bad teeth at 5 years old !!! Bikerbeardy
  • Score: 9

11:36am Wed 30 Jul 14

FinlandStation says...

i'dliketosay wrote:
My dentist has decided to go private. There is already no dental practices in my area and this is making things worse
Quite so. This is all part of the Government's privatisation strategy. They have cut back payments to NHS Dentists so that they have no option but to go private. They are now doing the same with GPs. There is legislation pending that will allow Surgeries to privatise themselves, in the same way that dentists have, to "relive the pressure on the system".

I fear pcmanners will be proved correct.
[quote][p][bold]i'dliketosay[/bold] wrote: My dentist has decided to go private. There is already no dental practices in my area and this is making things worse[/p][/quote]Quite so. This is all part of the Government's privatisation strategy. They have cut back payments to NHS Dentists so that they have no option but to go private. They are now doing the same with GPs. There is legislation pending that will allow Surgeries to privatise themselves, in the same way that dentists have, to "relive the pressure on the system". I fear pcmanners will be proved correct. FinlandStation
  • Score: 5

11:45am Wed 30 Jul 14

Joedavid says...

Sharonno wrote:
Please please don't let them talk you into fluoride in the water, it will NOT help the teeth as it goes past when you swallow it. It is a toxin which thins the bones and causes lots of problems, it does not solve tooth decay, but it does put money in the pockets of the councils who agree to it.
Isn't in toothpaste?
[quote][p][bold]Sharonno[/bold] wrote: Please please don't let them talk you into fluoride in the water, it will NOT help the teeth as it goes past when you swallow it. It is a toxin which thins the bones and causes lots of problems, it does not solve tooth decay, but it does put money in the pockets of the councils who agree to it.[/p][/quote]Isn't in toothpaste? Joedavid
  • Score: 2

11:49am Wed 30 Jul 14

Joedavid says...

This article is about under 5 year olds.
I thought that All Dentists gave free treatment to that age group, is that not the case?
This article is about under 5 year olds. I thought that All Dentists gave free treatment to that age group, is that not the case? Joedavid
  • Score: 5

11:57am Wed 30 Jul 14

henjni says...

It is the parents job to keep an eye on their children's teeth. I find it disgusting to see young children with nasty black rotten teeth. Those parents who are responsible, should be ashamed of themselves. Also I've come across so many adults who have manky teeth. That is the first thing anyone notices. How can you not feel embarrassed to have disturbingly dark yellow teeth!?!?
It is the parents job to keep an eye on their children's teeth. I find it disgusting to see young children with nasty black rotten teeth. Those parents who are responsible, should be ashamed of themselves. Also I've come across so many adults who have manky teeth. That is the first thing anyone notices. How can you not feel embarrassed to have disturbingly dark yellow teeth!?!? henjni
  • Score: 6

12:18pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Robin of Loxley says...

Director of public health Anita Parkin said something had to be done.

She said: "We have got the worst dental health in under-fives, certainly in Yorkshire and the Humber, if not the country.


Blame the benefit-scrounging chav 'parents' for that.
[quote] Director of public health Anita Parkin said something had to be done. She said: "We have got the worst dental health in under-fives, certainly in Yorkshire and the Humber, if not the country. [/quote] Blame the benefit-scrounging chav 'parents' for that. Robin of Loxley
  • Score: 1

12:46pm Wed 30 Jul 14

dizzyknits says...

Joedavid wrote:
Sharonno wrote:
Please please don't let them talk you into fluoride in the water, it will NOT help the teeth as it goes past when you swallow it. It is a toxin which thins the bones and causes lots of problems, it does not solve tooth decay, but it does put money in the pockets of the councils who agree to it.
Isn't in toothpaste?
I suppose its a bit different as you brush your teeth with toothpaste then rinse and spit out. ..so your not really swallowing much as you would be if it was in the main water supply.
Our dentist went private..next appointment my other half had, check up clean and one filling... £103. We earn not much more than minimum wage and they insisted you go every 6 months. They would only treat your children on nhs if the adults continued to have private treatment.
Our taxes contibute big time to training dentists surely there should be a proviso that they should work for nhs practices for say 5 years before going private!
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sharonno[/bold] wrote: Please please don't let them talk you into fluoride in the water, it will NOT help the teeth as it goes past when you swallow it. It is a toxin which thins the bones and causes lots of problems, it does not solve tooth decay, but it does put money in the pockets of the councils who agree to it.[/p][/quote]Isn't in toothpaste?[/p][/quote]I suppose its a bit different as you brush your teeth with toothpaste then rinse and spit out. ..so your not really swallowing much as you would be if it was in the main water supply. Our dentist went private..next appointment my other half had, check up clean and one filling... £103. We earn not much more than minimum wage and they insisted you go every 6 months. They would only treat your children on nhs if the adults continued to have private treatment. Our taxes contibute big time to training dentists surely there should be a proviso that they should work for nhs practices for say 5 years before going private! dizzyknits
  • Score: 6

1:00pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

I got kicked out of my dentist for not keeping up with the six monthly appointment. I'm pretty scared of going to be honest but now l have fillings that need doing, yes my fault.
But now l can't find one dentist taking on NHS patients in Bradford on the website. It offers Halifax or Pudsey.
I got kicked out of my dentist for not keeping up with the six monthly appointment. I'm pretty scared of going to be honest but now l have fillings that need doing, yes my fault. But now l can't find one dentist taking on NHS patients in Bradford on the website. It offers Halifax or Pudsey. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 4

6:39pm Wed 30 Jul 14

bachtothefuture says...

Robin of Loxley wrote:
Director of public health Anita Parkin said something had to be done.

She said: "We have got the worst dental health in under-fives, certainly in Yorkshire and the Humber, if not the country.


Blame the benefit-scrounging chav 'parents' for that.
They should stop putting sugar in the curry.
[quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: [quote] Director of public health Anita Parkin said something had to be done. She said: "We have got the worst dental health in under-fives, certainly in Yorkshire and the Humber, if not the country. [/quote] Blame the benefit-scrounging chav 'parents' for that.[/p][/quote]They should stop putting sugar in the curry. bachtothefuture
  • Score: 3

9:44pm Wed 30 Jul 14

linebacker2 says...

sorrow&anger wrote:
Another national league table and Bradford's at the bottom. When will City Hall wake up and realise that things aren't good in Bradford and something needs to be done, apart from hot air and glossy brochures.
It's a sign of the times when people think their own teeth are a matter for the local council - do you expect council to keep you supplied with loo paper too?
[quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: Another national league table and Bradford's at the bottom. When will City Hall wake up and realise that things aren't good in Bradford and something needs to be done, apart from hot air and glossy brochures.[/p][/quote]It's a sign of the times when people think their own teeth are a matter for the local council - do you expect council to keep you supplied with loo paper too? linebacker2
  • Score: 8

9:57pm Wed 30 Jul 14

ollie59 says...

Robin of Loxley wrote:
Director of public health Anita Parkin said something had to be done.

She said: "We have got the worst dental health in under-fives, certainly in Yorkshire and the Humber, if not the country.


Blame the benefit-scrounging chav 'parents' for that.
Is that what the previous T&A supported campaign "brush with the prophet" was all about?
[quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: [quote] Director of public health Anita Parkin said something had to be done. She said: "We have got the worst dental health in under-fives, certainly in Yorkshire and the Humber, if not the country. [/quote] Blame the benefit-scrounging chav 'parents' for that.[/p][/quote]Is that what the previous T&A supported campaign "brush with the prophet" was all about? ollie59
  • Score: 1

10:03pm Wed 30 Jul 14

basil fawlty says...

They need to stop the rot
They need to stop the rot basil fawlty
  • Score: 3

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