Many people are finding it difficult obtaining the services of an NHS dentist because so many are now choosing to work in private clinics following the introduction of new dental contracts.
Welsh Assembly member Tamsin Dunwoody said yesterday (Wednesday) that a "significant number" of constituents were unable to see an NHS dentist.
"I do find in my constituency that we are now in a situation where, because of the changes to the dental contract, because dentists opted to undertake private work, that a significant number of people are subject to private dental practice," she said, according to the Western Mail.
Ms Dunwoody has now launched a backbench bill calling for greater regulation of private dentistry to ensure that NHS practices and private dental clinics are subject to the same standards of inspection.
New figures from the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry have also revealed that a growing number of people are seeking cosmetic dentistry.
The number of porcelain tooth veneers increased from just 2,122 in 2005 to 5,169 in 2006, while tooth whitening procedures are also popular, with twice as many women as men opting to purchase whiter teeth.
What's better? Private or NHS healthcare?