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Area sees 70% NHS dentist access
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In 2004, there were 4.2 NHS dentists per 10,000 people
About 70% of people in a south Devon district now have access to an NHS dentist thanks to a new centre.

Two years ago, the Teignbridge area was severely affected by a dental crisis, which saw only 42% with NHS access. The problem was highlighted in Parliament.

The change is largely down to the special centre funded by the local authority and primary care trust.

Teignbridge District Council Leader Alan Connett said working with the health trust had paid off.

It followed a survey of local people which revealed in 2004 that 42% of Teignbridge people received NHS dentistry compared with 49% across England.

Council Leader Alan Connett said of the centre's success: "By coming together and looking at solutions, including some quite innovative ones, and arriving at an end result which has people able to go back and have an NHS dentist, that's fantastic."

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