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  • Writer's pictureHealthwatch West Berkshire

Brace Yourselves! Dental Treatment Cost Rising by 4%

Andrea Leadsom, the minister responsible for dentistry, said this week that a 4% rise was "proportionate" and that patients would "benefit from the continued provision that this important revenue support".

From 1 April:

  • a band 1 course of treatment will rise by £1.00, from £25.80 to £26.80

  • a band 2 course of treatment, goes up £2.80 from £70.70 to £73.50

  • a band 3 course of treatment will increase by £12.30 from £306.80 to £319.10

  • an urgent appointment will go up by £1 from £25.80 to £26.80.

While the prospect of higher dental treatment costs may seem daunting, it's essential for patients to recognize the value of investing in their oral health. Regular dental check-ups and preventive care not only help maintain a healthy smile but also contribute to overall well-being by reducing the risk of more serious dental issues down the line.

However Healthwatch England have issued a public response expressing disappointment in the increase, especially as new cost-of-living polling they have carried out shows people are put off seeking dental help because of cost. The full poll findings are due to be published in the next month.

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