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NHS dental patient charges: Expose the #TaxOnTeeth

We are campaigning to expose the ‘tax on teeth’, through Government putting up the NHS dental patient charge this year by 5%. None of this extra money is reinvested into patients’ dental care and it will impact negatively on dental attendance.

nhs-dental-charges-poster-sad-patients.jpgWhat's the issue?

On 1 April NHS dental patient charges in England rose by 5%

If you treat NHS patients, we want to help you set the record straight on who benefits from this increase.


Dentists are health professionals not tax collectors. But since 2010 nearly £550 million has been cut from our budgets, and the difference has been plugged by inflation-busting hikes in patient charges.


The revenue raised by this increase doesn't go to dentists, and will do nothing to help the practices struggling to recruit staff or the patients unable to secure an appointment. Ministers are simply making our patients pay more so they can pay less.


Find out the 5 things you need to know about dental charges.


What can dentists do?

We are campaigning to make patients aware that this is an unacceptable state of affairs and we are telling Government that dentists and dental patients deserve better.

Download and display our poster


For BDA members, a paper copy of the poster will be available in the 12 April edition of the British Dental Journal.

Share our messages on your social media channels

Please take a photo of yourself and your team next to the poster and share your images with us via social media to help spread the word:

Twitter_BW.jpg Twitter tag us @thebda and use the hashtag #TaxOnTeeth.

Facebook_BW.jpg Facebook tag us by typing @thebritishdentalassociation in your post.

Instagram_BW.jpg Instagram tag us @britishdentalassociation and please regram our posts.

Want to know more?

If you'd like a briefing on any of these issues or to know more, please get in touch.


Campaigning for better oral health

When it comes to oral health, we believe in prevention first: tooth decay is an avoidable disease and we are campaigning for Government's to take this problem seriously, to act now and invest in real prevention.


Read our latest blogs on the topic of public health in dentistry.

Through our policy and campaigning work, we ensure that the concerns of all sections of the profession are raised and that dentists' voices are heard at a national level.

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