Nearly £3m allocated to the region’s dentists

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Dental patients in Northamptonshire will benefit from part of a £30m Department of Health boost for NHS dentists.

NHS Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire has secured nearly 10 per cent of that figure – just over £2.7m – which they have vowed to put towards attracting 26,000 new NHS patients to be treated by April 2014 and reducing the list of patients, particularly children, waiting for NHS orthodontic treatment.

Diane Fenton, head of dentistry and optometry at NHS Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire, said: “Last year we were allocated an extra £1,004,000 by the Department of Heath for additional activity and this attracted almost 12,000 new patients to NHS dental practices who have since been treated.

“We want to make sure that this progress continues and that dentists give the highest standards of care as well as treating more patients. This will allow more patients to see an NHS dentist, get their oral health checked and bring their beaming smile – and confidence back.

“That’s why we have invested this extra funding. Better oral health is a key priority.”