Shortage of dentists in northeastern NB continues to worsen

Dentist (CTV News)

A local orthodontist says a shortage of dentists in north-east New Brunswick continues to worsen.

The number of dentists practicing in the Chaleur and Acadian Peninsula regions has fallen by approximately half over the last five to ten years.

Dr. Sanjay Anand, who is the New Brunswick Dental Society's northeastern representative, says local clinics aren't taking new patients and that residents are forced to travel more than an hour to seek care for their teeth.

CKLE reports most local dentistry students don't return to the region to practice, and that most of them opt for programs in Quebec.

Despite efforts to promote dental studies and recruitment, the New Brunswick Dental Society has found only dentists who grew up in this part of the problem will practice here long-term.