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FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2013

EDITION NO. 34,944

Serving Cork for 120 years

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Toothache! By MARIA ROLSTON

THERE has been a huge rise in the number of people having teeth pulled out since the recession began because it’s cheaper than paying for treatment.

The situation has prompted the UCC school of dentistry dean, Professor Finbarr Allen, to call on the Government to appoint a chief dental officer and develop a national oral health policy to improve public oral health. The call was made ahead of a major dental conference taking place in the River Lee Hotel in the city today. The event, organised by the Irish Society for Disability and Oral Health is being attended by international speakers and dental health specialists from all over the country. Professor Allen, who gave today’s

The recession is seeing people letting dental problems go until they’re too big and are having extractions rather than expensive treatment.

Many getting teeth pulled as they can’t afford treatment

opening speech, said the Government needs to restore funding to public dental treatment schemes in order to save people’s teeth. “In the last few years we’ve been seeing a lot more people having teeth removed rather than saved, on the grounds of cost,” Prof. Allen said. “Since the late Nineties, people had been seeking treatment to have their teeth preserved. But now they don’t have the money to pay for dental treatment, so they’re letting problems go until they’re too big to avoid ● Continued on page two.

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