I live in a city where all the NHS dentists are full. (I don’t have children but I imagine finding a dentist is tough in certain places). All our local dentists either moved or changed to private. The only ‘local’ dentist is in the next town and they have no appointments for school holidays, they prioritise private patients, so trying to get an appointment a year in advance is almost impossible. Not all people face the same challenges but I don’t think it’s as cut and dry as you all say. I blame the government for allowing so many dentists to practice privately. Now they’re reaping the ‘rewards’ and realising that so many people have poor oral hygiene. Instead of opening up more NHS dentists, they are pushing this back on a profession that has traditionally rolled over on these types of requests because we don’t stand together and our unions are not strong enough. This is a medical issue, but if it were to be usher back on GPs, the medical unions would just say no.