Dentists warn of major treatment backlog, call for extra support for private practices

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The British Dental Association (BDA) has called for additional business support for private dental practices with fears a serious treatment backlog could last well into 2021.

Dentist, Tom Bysmouth, told BBC Wales: “Before lockdown, a typical practice with three dentists would see around 60 to 80 people a day, but that dramatically reduced over lockdown in order to comply with social distancing measures.”

The Welsh NHS is continuing to fund treatment as dental services gradually resume. However, dentists who mainly treat private patients are at a disadvantage, with calls for them to receive the same Welsh Government support as other private businesses.

BBC Wales was also told that some dental practices may close or make redundancies due to a shortfall in private work. The BDA called for a business rates holiday and for the UK Government to extend the furlough scheme.