So it is little wonder almost half of dentists have reduced their national health service commitments over the past two years, according to the British Dental Association (BDA).
All of this is having a huge impact on patient care. The way NHS dental contracts work is a little complicated but I believe it is the reason we are where we are today.
Dentists sign up to a system based on UDAs, or Units of Dental Activity. This means a clinic is paid a certain amount of money in return for delivering a set number of these.
Dentists will see patients and carry out work that is needed, with more complex treatment requiring a higher number of UDAs than a simple check-up.
So if people have missed checkups due to Covid, or need more advanced dental work due to stress – they might have started to…
News Source: www.express.co.uk