Patients struggling to get NHS dental care across England, says watchdog

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Dentists warn of rise in problems including oral cancer as Covid and exodus of EU workers fuel crisis

Patients are facing a hidden national dentistry crisis, fuelled by the pandemic, that will lead to a rise in oral cancer in coming months and years, dentists and patient advocates say.

People who need urgent dental treatment are struggling to find any NHS treatment in all parts of England, according to Healthwatch, the independent patient watchdog. Senior dentist leaders say surgeries are being incentivised not to deal with the most serious cases and that the profession has been affected by EU dentists leaving the UK.

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