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Over 60,000 more people in Devon have seen an NHS dentist over the past five years.
NHS Devon figures reveal that 426,000 people in Devon are receiving NHS dental treatment - an increase of nearly 20 per cent.
One of the main reasons for the huge increase has been the success of the NHS Devon dental helpline, which gives advice on where to find an NHS dentist, and also how to access dental care in an emergency.
Andrew Harris, responsible for dentistry for NHS Devon, said "Some people still have the view that they cannot get access to a NHS Dentist - but this is simply not true in Devon.
"We have 38 practices throughout the county that are taking new NHS patients today."
The helpline, run by Devon Dental, a not-for-profit organisation, has received an average of over 1000 calls a month since it opened two years ago.
Anyone who still needs a dentist to call the helpline on 0845 002 0034, 01392 822348 or e-mail email@example.com.
A full list of practices open to new NHS patients is:
James Hull Okehampton 01837 52745 6 Station Road Okehampton
Taw Valley Dental Care 01837 880096 56 Fore Street North Tawton
Heddons Croft Dental Surgery 01271 812061 Exeter Road Braunton
Duke Street Dental Centre 01769 574360 12 Duke Street South Molton
Marlborough Dental Centre 01271 862556 4 Marlborough Road Ilfracombe
Northam Dental Surgery (ADP) 01237 476786 Bay View Road Northam
Holsworthy Dental Practice 01409 255525 Penroses, Bodmin St Holsworthy
St Johns Dental Centre (ADP) 01271 345006 Eastern Avenue Whiddon Valley Barnstaple