The verdict to freeze the costs for a fifth year in a row was taken to try and improve access to dental facilities in Wales for the wider community. Dental treatment will cost you either £12, £39 or £177 depending on the procedure you have carried out and the equipment needed.
The £12 charge is for check-ups, maintenance and emergency appointments, the £39 bill will be for treatments such as fillings and extractions while the highest costs are for treatments involving appliances including orthodontics.
Mrs Hart said of the freeze: “By freezing dental charges in Wales for the fifth year running, we are maintaining access to NHS dentistry for the people of Wales, ensuring charges remain affordable and in doing so helping to tackle oral health inequalities.”
“Thanks to the significant extra investment we have made, access to general dental services has improved significantly over recent years. I do, however, appreciate that there may be particular areas where access to dental services is still difficult. Areas where access has proved difficult in the past have seen some of the greatest improvements.”
She added; “In addition to increasing access to dentists, we are also investing in raising awareness of people’s responsibility in taking care of their own oral health as they should for their general health and wellbeing. Simple steps, such as people brushing their teeth thoroughly with fluoride toothpaste twice a day, can make a significant difference to improve their oral health.”
Stuart Geddes, director of the British Dental Association in Wales, said: “This is good news for patients and should act as an incentive for them to seek dental care – it’s certainly cheaper to see a dentist in Wales than it is in England.”