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Dubai officials attending the inaugurating of Al Mizhar health centre in early 2011. (DTI/Photo courtesy of Dubai Health Authority, Dubai)
Sep 14, 2011 | News Asia Pacific

Dubai opens new clinics to meet demand for dental treatment

by Dental Tribune

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is closing dental services at one of Dubai’s oldest health centres in Al Rashidiya to make way for two new public dental clinics in the recently opened health centres of Nad Al Hammar and Al Mizhar. The facilities, which are in line with the Emirates' long-term expansion plans for health services, will offer primary and specialist dental care to Dubai residents of all ages.

DHA officials said that the new clinics will be open to the public from next Sunday on and expand the net of government-run dental hospitals to a total of 14.

Owing to rising living standards in the UAE, demand for dental services in the Emirate has increased significantly in the last decade. According to public health experts, dental diseases like tooth decay and periodontitis are on the rise, especially among younger children. Health authorities have repeatedly announced to improve access to dental health care services through the establishment of dental health centres and the introduction of universal dental health care plans.

According to statistics of the DHA, dental clinics in Dubai have seen slightly over 100,000 patients last year.

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