A lack of NHS dentists is forcing people to pull their own teeth out, as half of practices will not accept new patients.
The British Dental Association says there is an ’emerging crisis’ in the NHS as patients are turned away and forced to pay privately or go without dental check-ups.
An analysis of 2,500 dental surgeries on the NHS Choices website found 48 per cent had closed their lists to new adult NHS patients, while two-fifths were refusing to accept children as new patients.
The statistics were reported by the BBC, which spoke to a couple claiming to have pulled their own teeth out without an NHS dentist to turn to.
Rebecca Brearey, from Dewsbury in West Yorkshire, said she had ‘begged’ to see a dentist after trying to find one for four years but was told there was a two-year waiting list.