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Oral health problems ‘damage economy’

Posted by Joanne Mellor

Dental marketing campaigns could highlight the effect of poor oral health on the economy, following the publication of a new report.

According to figures from the British Dental Health Foundation, as many as seven per cent of the UK’s 29 million-strong workforce have called in sick with teeth problems on at least one occasion over the course of the last five years.

This equates to around two million members of staff having time off as a result of poor oral healthcare, which has had a significant impact on the economy.

Chief executive of the foundation Dr Nigel Carter – who was recently given an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list – noted data has shown a quarter of all adults have not visited a dentist in the past two years, while a similar number only brush their teeth once a day.

“Poor oral health habits like these contribute to around three in every ten adults suffering regular dental pain and tooth decay,” he said.

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