6 Aug 2020

Dental clinic set up before Beehive highlights cost of care

From Checkpoint, 5:55 pm on 6 August 2020

A very public dentist check up might sound like the stuff of nightmares, but a mobile dental clinic was set up in front of the Beehive today to prove a point - the price of keeping your teeth in check is wildly out of reach for many.

Figures from the Dental Association show half of adults considered to be in New Zealand's highest category of deprivation avoided dental care in the last 12 months because of the cost.

It says while ideas on what can be done better are well received by politicians - that hasn't translated into action.

Checkpoint video journalist Logan Church went down to the mobile clinic to take a look.