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UK patients ‘speaking to GPs about oral health instead of dentists’

26th November 2013

British GPs are feeling under increasing pressure due to the number of patients visiting them to ask about oral health issues, according to a new industry survey.

The ComRes poll for the Association of Dental Groups (ADG), which interviewed 1,007 GPs, found that 87 percent of doctors feel too many patients are turning to them for oral health advice instead of a dentist, which is stretching their already limited resources.

Moreover, 96 per cent of GPs feel more needs to be done to encourage patients to visit a dentist for oral health-related issues, as this will ensure they receive the most appropriate care and relieve some of the pressures on other parts of the NHS.

David Worskett, chair of the ADG, said: "The message is, if you have any concerns about oral health related issues – be it a toothache or a long-term ulcer – you should be visiting your dentist rather than your GP."

The results of this poll have been released during Mouth Cancer Action Month, which is being held to raise awareness of the role dentists can play in the detection and prevention of oral cancer.

In addition to the ADG, the event is supported by the British Dental Health Foundation, Denplan and Dentists' Provident.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801665332-ADNFCR

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