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Oral health ‘is not recession-proof’

Posted by Yvonne Wallace

A new survey has indicated that Britons may be cutting back on oral health due to the recession.

According to research conducted by the British Dental Health Federation, dental health has shown it is not “recession-proof” in the last few years.

Chief executive of the body Dr Nigel Carter stated many people are instead choosing to gamble on their oral health, with poorer sections of society at greater risk of developing problems.

“Unfortunately, they are running the risk of storing up a wide range of health problems and even bigger costs in the future,” he said, pointing out a lot of patients are entitled to free treatment on the NHS.

Industry professionals may therefore use dental marketing campaigns to highlight the importance of booking a check-up, as prevention is better than cure in terms of dental care.

Dr Carter also noted a regular oral health routine is the only way to avoid problems such as gum disease developing in the future.

Speaking to the Gloucestershire Echo, dental practitioner Ahmad Nounu recently explained some people are being put off going to the dentist because of the costs involved.

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