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Poor teeth - DHSS not to blame

Health Minister Eddie Teare says he can’t tell how much money has been spent on children’s dental services, because all dentistry money comes from the same pot.

He faced a question for written answer in Tynwald this week from Rushen MHK Quintin Gill.

In it, Mr Gill asked how much had been spent on children’s dental services over the last 15 years, and who was to blame for what the DHSS describes as the 'disgraceful' state of oral health among the Island’s youngsters.

Mr Teare said he couldn’t give a figure, but his department wasn’t to blame.

Mr Teare said personal choices and lifestyle decisions were the main factors.

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