Nothing to smile about in wait for public dental care

A “HIGH rate” of patients failing to turn up for public dental appointments is among factors forcing some eligible residents to wait up to two years for treatment.

The Australian Dental Association Victorian branch (ADAVB) this week claimed to have exposed the “unacceptable length” of time people are waiting for public dental care in every electorate of the state.

The branch said it was incumbent on state and federal governments to support an increase in funding for the “sorry state of public dental waiting list times”.

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