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Low income families avoiding dentist because of possible fines.

Low income families avoiding dentist because of possible fines.

The British Dental Association says a "huge fall" in people on low incomes going to the dentist in England is because they fear being wrongly fined when they claim for free treatment.

The most recent annual figures show almost 370,000 fines for people accused of "misclaiming" for free dental care.

But dentists say many of these are innocent confusions over paperwork and that many are overturned when challenged.

The NHS says that anyone entitled to free care should be able to access it.

Those claiming for free treatment include the elderly, those on benefits and people with learning difficulties.

    

And the BDA says the system of fines, usually of £100, is creating a "hostile environment" for the vulnerable.

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