KIRKLEES Council is to pressure the Government to sort out the shortage of NHS dentists.
Councillors have voted in favour of a Bill to push for dentists to be paid per patient rather than for what treatment they perform.
It was also decided an overview and scrutiny panel should look for ways to improve the local dental provision.
Last month the Examiner reported how no NHS dentists were taking on new patients and some existing NHS patients were being forced to go private.
Tory leader Clr Robert Light said: "I have some personal experience of this problem. My niece needed emergency dentistry but at the age of just four, she was turned away by every single dentist in Dewsbury.
"Not one dentist in her home town would treat her. Dental treatment has got to crisis point in this country and the Government has to do something.
" In 1999 the Government said in two years everyone would be able to get an NHS dentist but we are now in 2005 and we are still waiting. It is a disgrace."