Welsh patients are still struggling to obtain dental treatment on the NHS, research by the BBC has revealed.
According to the research, huge investment by the Welsh Assembly Government has failed to resolve the problem, with six of the country's 22 local health boards still lacking a dentist with available NHS places.
Residents of Anglesey, Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Ceredigion, Neath Port Talbot and Pembrokeshire have to seek private dental treatment
as there are no new NHS places in those areas at this time.
A number of other local health boards are only offering appointments after a long wait, the BBC reports, with many patients in Carmarthenshire facing a 12-month delay.
A spokesman for the Welsh Assembly Government said that the situation was improving and that the recent £30 million investment would continue to improve access to NHS dentistry across the country.
"Three million pounds of this money was targeted specifically at areas where some patients still have difficulty in accessing an NHS dentist," he revealed.
"This £3m funding will be available every year to ensure local health boards can continue to widen access to NHS dental provision."
Dentistry news : 20/12/2006