20 Jan A new year – and new government announcements on dental treatments
2017 Dental news
Firstly, I take this opportunity to greet all of you and wish you, your relatives and friends a healthy and prosperous 2017.
This year started with 2 government announcements.
The CDBS is still operating. This has been an achievement because there was a strong indication that this scheme was going to be abolished.
The other announcement was that about 350,000 people will lose their entitlement to free dental treatment under the public system. I believe this has been based on the changes to means testing.
We also have to mention that an increasing number of people are rightly leaving the extras out of their private insurances and as a consequence most of the health private insurance companies are raising their premiums in addition to reducing the reimbursements.
All of this calls for a more careful approach to our Oral Health. Furthermore, there is no better way to save some money and look after our own health than having a preventive attitude.
Having said that, I would encourage you to discuss your oral condition and the condition of your dependents with your family dentist so that you are aware of the current status, and can formulate a sensible plan for your regular checkups and treatment needs.
Not everyone needs to be seen every 6 months for a checkup and a scale and clean session. On the other hand, some people need more regular attention particularly those with gum problems, and those with recurrent carious lesions. So that if these issues are seriously addressed, then your dental needs are greatly reduced and your maintenance can become more cost effective.
I leave these thoughts with you and wish you well.
Until our next month publication