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A real toothache

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 27 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2154
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    “No fillings!” the dentist beamed. This was odd, as six months ago I had been told that I needed four fillings, but I had moved before treatment. How could this be? I am of the generation whose mouths are full of black amalgam. To us, orthodontists were mythical creatures, and we believed that the Osmonds’ teeth were so perfect they must be false. Today dental care in Britain is in trouble, with limited access for many and the rest suffering the excesses of private practice. The Tories are …

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