New community dental clinic in Pwllheli expected to open in early 2023

NEW CLINIC COMING: Mabon ap Gwynfor MS has welcomed investment in a new community dental clinic

Plaid Cymru Member of the Senedd for Dwyfor Meirionnydd, Mabon ap Gwynfor has welcomed investment in a new community dental clinic in Pwllheli.

The new clinic, expected to open in early 2023, will offer check-ups, dental x-rays, scale and polishing, fillings, stainless steel crowns for children, extractions and prosthetic work for patients who require additional support.

The referral-only service will provide dental care to people who cannot be easily treated in general dental practice, such as patients who have certain health conditions, a learning disability or a mental health issue.

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Mabon ap Gwynfor MS is actively campaigning to improve access to dental services in Dwyfor Meirionnydd and recently demanded that the Welsh Government Health Minister urgently intervene to improve outcomes for local patients.

Recent figures from the Welsh government revealed that Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board had amongst the lowest dental treatment figures in the whole of Wales-lower than the national average, with only 31.7 percent of patients receiving treatment.

Mabon ap Gwynfor MS said the situation in Dwyfor Meirionnydd was at ‘crisis point’, calling on the Welsh government to bring forward a statement on dentistry as a matter of urgency and specifically invest in dental provision in south Gwynedd in particular.

Mabon ap Gwynfor MS, said: “I warmly welcome this announcement and much needed investment. I have long called on both the Welsh government and the local health board to treat the scant provision of dental services in my Dwyfor Meirionnydd constituency as an emergency.

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“People living in towns and villages right across Dwyfor Meirionnydd are finding getting a dentist’s appointment near impossible, with people not only waiting to be seen but struggling even to get on waiting list.

“I hope this targeted service will help improve local access to dental care in Dwyfor and meet the specific needs of patients in Pen Llyn who demand additional support for their dental needs.

“The lack of access to NHS dentistry continues to have a significant and adverse impact on patients. Many are simply missing appointments, we hear of an increase in DIY tooth extractions and as is always the case – the poorest are disproportionately affected.

“I renew my call for both the local health board and Welsh government to address this issue as a matter of urgency – there is a desperate need for more NHS dentists in Dwyfor Meirionnydd, especially so in south Gwynedd.

“Without prompt intervention, I fear my constituent’s oral health will further deteriorate leading to additional and avoidable complications.”

Submitted by Alun Fôn Roberts

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