PEMBROKESHIRE'S dental crisis is deepening – despite two new NHS practices opening two months ago, says Paul Davies AM.
There were 14,000 people waiting for an NHS dentist last October. A month later two new practices with a total of six dentists opened in Milford Haven and Haverfordwest.
But the Local Health Board has now confirmed that there are still 14,000 people on the waiting list.
"Opening these two new dental surgeries has not alleviated the problem at all," said Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Mr Davies.
"The fact that there are still 14,000 on the waiting list shows that the shortage was greater than we at first feared. It seems that we are just treading water.
"We have one of the lowest ratios of dentist per head of population in the whole of Wales.
"The Local Health Board needs to take urgent action to remedy the situation and set about encouraging more dentists to the area."
Mr Davies has now launched a campaign to discover the extent of dental and orthodontic shortages.
*To get on the waiting list for an NHS dentist contact the Local Health Board on 01437 771257.