Call for more dental care help in Jersey

Politicians looking at dental care in the island have said that more people should receive help paying for it.

Chairman of the panel examining the issue, Deputy Debbie de Sousa, said they found that dental care was too expensive for the average family.

She said programmes to help pay for dentistry should reach more people.

A scheme that pays £6 a month towards young people's dental work has not been increased in 18 years.

The panel also raised concerns about treatment for elderly people in residential care.

It suggested that the health and social services department makes sure residential carers are trained in dental care, and to give them special fluoride toothpaste to use in the homes.

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