Islanders face higher dental rates

Islanders face higher dental rates

17 Dec 2014

Out of date dentistry laws means patients are paying more money for treatment than on the mainland, members of Jersey's dental profession said.

Under 1961 legislation, dental work must be carried out by qualified dentists.

Some now want Jersey to follow the UK, where dental hygienists can carry out simple treatments at a cheaper rate.

Health officials said new rules, which would require States approval, are in the process of being drafted.

On the mainland, simple fillings, teeth-straightening or whitening can be done by qualified dental therapists or hygienists.

Dental professionals also say the existing regulations hamper recruitment because hygienists from outside the island see Jersey as restrictive.

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