CAE Use of English Part 1

Multiple Choice Exercise 7

For questions 1-8, read the text below and decide which answer (A, B, C or D) best fits each gap.
There is an example at the beginning: (0) A general , B typical, C usual, D norm

The British dental catastrophe

For most of us, going to the dentist every six months used to be the (0) D norm. True, we might not have relished the (1)......... , but at least it didn't mean taking out a second mortgage to pay for any possible treatment, or queueing overnight in the rain with hundreds of others just for the chance to register with an NHS dentist. But these days, fewer than half of us visit the dentist on a regular basis and it's not hard to see why. There simply aren't enough dentists to go round. Finding a dentist (2)........ to provide NHS treatment can be almost impossible in some areas. Official figures show that half the people in England have no (3).......... to an NHS dentist, while research shows that not going to the dentist regularly will not only (4)...... to bad teeth, but it could also put you at risk of serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even mouth cancer.
Although it's difficult to make direct comparisons, a recent survey that compared access to NHS dentists in Britain with access to dentists in other European countries and the US, shows how serious the situation has become. The survey found on (5)..... there were fewer than four NHS dentists per 10,000 in England, compared with six dentists per 10,000 in the US. Things tend to be worse away from major cities so if you live in the country your chances of seeing an NHS dentist are (6)....... .
The situation has arisen because dentists, overwhelmed by the pressures of NHS dentistry are increasingly moving into private work. Dentists say NHS fees mean that they can't offer patients a high-quality service. The current system makes only minimal (7)..... for preventative work, although dentists are trained to detect symptoms that could have implications for both your dental and general health, and should (8)....... out for suspicious signs at every check-up.