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Women ‘believed to take more care of their teeth’

18th March 2008

The majority of dentists believe that women take better care of their teeth than their male counterparts, a new report has revealed.

A study conducted by Orbit Complete, in conjunction with the British Dental Health Foundation, found that eight in ten dental professionals believe women are more careful in their oral hygiene regimes.

However it also revealed that one in ten people never attend the dentist at all while one in five report that they do not a regular one.

Of that 20 per cent, 12 per cent admitted they do not have a regular clinic because they cannot secure one on the NHS.

The study showed that one in five people only visit their dentist in an emergency.

Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, said that consumers are recognising that dental health is important.

However, he added: “It is still too low down on the health agenda and in particular there is a level of ignorance about how oral health can be linked to overall health.”

Recently, research by Citizens Advice suggested that millions of people in both England and Wales struggle to find an NHS dentist which can admit them as patients.

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