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Dentist in a Supermarket
Published 10/16/2008

The clinic will be open seven days a week and shoppers will be able to pop in for treatments while buying groceries from 8am to 8pm. It is offering check-ups by private dentists for £16 in what could become a clear challenge to the NHS.
The venture comes amid a shortage of NHS dentists, which has already seen 35,000 patients driven to travel abroad for treatment to countries including Hungary, Poland and Croatia. It is the brainchild of celebrity dentist Lance Knight – whose patients include boxer Amir Khan and models Caprice and Danielle Lloyd – and replaces a dry cleaning shop at a large branch of Sainsbury’s in Sale, Greater Manchester.
It follows the first in-store GP surgery, which opened at a nearby Sainsbury’s. Yesterday the first patient to be treated was social worker Mary Gilfoyle, 51.

She said: “I thought it was brilliant. I have even had a white filling.
“I am with an NHS dentist but that would have cost £55 – and they couldn’t see me for two days.”
Model Alex Leigh, 29, had her teeth whitened.
She said: “Anything that lets you kill two birds with one stone is brilliant when we all lead such busy lives.”

Check-ups are 20p cheaper than the NHS. Fillings start at £30, while an NHS dentist would charge £45.50, regardless of the number of fillings. Having a tooth removed will cost from £40, a hygienist’s appointment is £30 and teeth whitening will set shoppers back £295. New statistics show that 27million people have been treated by NHS dentists since they negotiated a new contract two years ago, a drop of 1.1million.
Dr Knight claims that in some areas half of the population are not registered with an NHS dentist because of chronic shortages. He said: “This isn’t some gimmick, it is about giving something back to the community and putting patients first.” If the pilot surgery succeeds, he would like to roll surgeries out across Britain.
The Daily Express has reported how Hungarian dentists have toured the country, offering treatment from mobile surgeries in tents with charges 70 per cent cheaper than other private dentists.