Is anyone surprised by the lack of funding for adult dental services in the Government's new Wellbeing Budget?

Last I checked, my teeth were vital to wellbeing. If they hurt, I hurt. If they're unhealthy, so am I.

Surveys show nearly half of Kiwi adults don't go to the dentist - 44 per cent or 1.6 million people - many because they can't afford to. Yet dentists tell us even parents whose minor children are eligible for free treatment sometimes skip appointments.

Looking after our teeth, and those of our children, is a necessity, not a luxury. No child should

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