A news item came up which is a bit disconcerting, one in three dentists are planning to ditch NHS patients. It goes on to say they are planning to go fully private which will threaten the future of NHS tooth care. Others aim to cut back on NHS work or quit the profession altogether. Some patients already face a three year wait for appointments.
Hannah Woolnough of the British Dental Association spoke to Talk Radio yesterday outlining why this is happening. The Government are starving dental clinics of cash, cutting back and diverting money elsewhere. I'll put a link to the interview here, it's on her Twitter account. I'm not sure if non tweeters can access it.
I think we can expect a lot more people with wonky teeth, unable to afford private care. Take a look at the poor countries, look at the mouths of people who have no dental care, is that where we are heading?
I have stepped up my mouth cleaning regime. I don't brush as vigorously as I used to, but I brush more often. I brush after eating or drinking anything which may stain my teeth. After every coffee I brush and rinse. Usually only one coffee per day. I stopped drinking red wine. Too much brushing can be detrimental, so I methodically make sure I reach all parts of my mouth with gentle brushing.
I don't bite into hard food any more, there are a lot of things I have given up altogether. I am mindful when I eat. I cut food up into smaller pieces and take my time with gentle chewing using my tongue and saliva to move it around my mouth, which breaks it down before I swallow it.
It's all I can do at the moment, I just hope that my teeth hold out. They are not perfect, and as long as they do not pain me, I am hoping they last a bit longer. What is happening with the dentists in your area?
I will post more Yorkshire pics tomorrow, and there is another video to come. Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon. Toodle pip. ilona