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Dental Cash Crisis
8:27am 1st May 2013
Pirate FM has learnt that thousands of Cornish patients are taking out pay-day loans and credit cards to afford to go to the dentist.
A study by Simply Health says around 40 thousand have not had an appointment in the last five years.
There are fears that could lead to more problems like heart disease and diabetes.
Tom from Camborne last went to the dentist in 2010, at which time he was told he could have been facing a six thousand pound bill: "I was just waiting for an NHS dentist but we've been on the list for months now and haven't heard anything.
"A lot of my credit card is previous dental things from the past. I've always had a problem with my teeth; they're brittle. In the past I've spent a lot of money on them just to keep them in my head as it were, but it's all gone on my credit card."
There are fears it could lead to more problems like heart disease and diabetes.
Dentist Michael Thomas said it can have a big impact on children's health: "If teeth do decay which they can do at a very early age then this can lead to a lot of discomfort and a lot of soreness and may, of course, result in the child having a fear about going to see the dentist in the future."
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