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Dentists ‘trusted more than doctors’

Posted by Joanne Mellor

Dentists in the UK tend to be more trusted by their patients than doctors are, according to new research.

A study by Bray Leino has been detailed by the British Dental Health Foundation and noted that dental surgeons often have a particularly strong and respected role within communities.

Indeed, some 88 per cent of people said they have a high degree of trust in their dentist, which was higher than the number of individuals who backed their GP.

In addition, 19.7 per cent revealed they value their relationship with a dentist, while just 9.9 per cent said they share a similar bond with a doctor.

“Dentists are such important people in our lives, for the whole of our lives, ensuring that our dental health and hygiene remain at a high level and encouraging good levels of self-esteem,” explained psychologist Emma Kenny.

Despite this high level of trust, some 27 per cent of people still do not visit their dentist because of fear – a problem that could be overcome with effective marketing for dentists.

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