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NHS prices keep Brits away from dentists

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by David Masters

An apple a day may keep the dentist away, but current NHS prices are keeping the British public away from the dentist.

Nearly half of Brits put off going to the dentist because they can’t afford the fees, a new study has discovered.

The potential high cost of dental bills keeps 42% of Brits away from the leather chair, with many saying they’d rather live in pain or pull their own teeth out than pay for an NHS extraction.

In 2006, dental fees were streamlined into three bands, with patients paying £194 for the most complex treatments and £15.90 for a check up, compared to just £6 previously.

Since then, one million fewer people in the UK are visiting their dentist.

“Given the current economic situation many people are worried about spending money,” said Jeremy Sutton, head of Tesco Dental Insurance, who conducted the survey.

“Receiving important dental treatment is essential to overall health as well as oral health.”

A recent report by the British Dental Health Foundation warned that poor dental hygiene could contribute to the spread of swine flu.

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