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Workers ‘stopped from taking time off for dentist appointment’

Posted by Joanne Mellor

New research has found that a lot of employers in the UK do not give their members of staff time off work to attend a dental appointment.

According to the survey, undertaken by the British Dental Health Foundation, less than half (43 per cent) of the UK workforce is granted paid time off work to visit their dentist.

It also discovered less than one in ten workers (7 per cent) received occupational health information from their employers on oral health matters.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the foundation, stated time and money are acting as barriers to good oral health, adding: “What many employers won’t realise is that poor oral health is increasingly being linked to other more serious medical conditions such as diabetes, strokes and heart problems.”

He pointed out that these can all lead to greater levels of absenteeism for companies in the future.

Speaking to the Gloucestershire Echo recently, dental practitioner Ahmad Nounu urged patients not to allow money worries to stop them from booking an appointment to see their dentist.

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