SWANSEA — A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a dentist to a year and a day in prison despite a request by both prosecutors and the dentist’s lawyer for probation.
Patients face agonising waits for dental treatment after ten million appointments were delayed because of Covid.
The British Dental Association (BDA) warned that the waiting list backlog could take months to clear as campaigners said the crisis is disastrous for children’s oral health.
While most surgeries reopened last month, strict infection control rules mean they are restricted to just a handful of patients a day.
The BDA now estimates more than ten million check-ups and treatments – such as fillings and root canal work – were put on hold during lockdown.
Even those patients lucky enough to get an appointment face charges of up to £40 for PPE on top of any treatment costs.
Health campaigners say the crisis could be particularly devastating for the oral health of children, with tooth extraction already the leading cause for hospital admissions in youngsters.
The lack of routine