The government have given out goodies in terms of subsidised dental treatments. However, the demand for dental treatments far outstripped the what the dentists in the public sector can cope with, thus this long wait of a year or more for their treatment. Among treatments mentioned are those for serious dental problems such as periodontitis or severe gum infection. Going to a private dentist are expensive, thus this queue for dentists in the public sector.
Brings question such as why is there a lack of dentists in the public sector available. Again, a lack of foresight, of proper planning? Or just pure dumb luck that dental problems suddenly became a big issue?