Ask your dentist, urges Sir Roger Gale

July 11th 2012 

 

Sir Roger Gale, MP for North Thanet, has given his backing to a Parliamentary campaign that aims to encourage patients to ask their dentist if they are unsure about any aspect of their treatment.

The campaign encourages patients to question their dentist if they are unclear about what treatment involves, how much it will cost and whether it is provided by the NHS or is only available privately.

The campaign follows the recent publication of an Office of Fair Trading report into UK dentistry that showed that while most patients are happy with the service provided by their dentist, many may not fully understand aspects of their care.

Attending a Parliamentary reception focusing on the importance of good communication in dentistry this week, Roger said:

“It is vital that patients feel able to ask any questions they have about their treatment. Good communication between dentists and patients improves health outcomes. Sometimes patients are anxious about asking questions, but I strongly encourage them to do so. Check how much your treatment will cost, whether it’s being provided as NHS treatment and what it will involve. If you are unsure, ask.”

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