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More people are attempting DIY dentistry because of treatment cost


According to the Sunday Express, almost a fifth of people in the UK have given up going to see their dentist due to the high prices and around a third of adults are no longer registered with an NHS clinic. Industry experts are worried that a surge in DIY dentistry could mean that patients are leaving themselves open to injury and they are at risk of dental problems that could easily be identified and treated during the early stages.

Cases that have sparked concern include that of a Gulf War veteran from Yorkshire who pulled out thirteen of his own teeth using pliers, after he developed severe toothache and could not find an NHS dentist to help him. Another instance involves a 46-year-old man from South London who had to undergo major surgery after glue he used to stick his dental crown back in caused the bone to rot beneath the gums. Dentists have also reported patients who have attempted home whitening using household cleaning products and some that are popping ulcers with pins.

Chief Dental Officer for NHS England, Barry Cockcroft, reminded patients that children get treatment for free under the NHS, as do about a third of the adult population, and added that the number of people visiting the dentist for a check-up has improved since May 2010. In reference to treatment prices, he said ‘For those who do pay, NHS dentistry charges are very simple. Anyone worried about charges should speak to their dentist, who can help them ensure their treatment is affordable. No one should feel any need to put themselves in danger by attempting their own dentistry.’

Campaign to highlight tooth grinding


Campaign to highlight tooth grindingThe dangers of teeth grinding will be highlighted in a new campaign to raise awareness of the condition.

The first ever Bruxism Awareness Week will be run by dental splint specialist S4S from October 25th to 31st and will focus on explaining the condition and its side effects.

Bruxism – also known as teeth grinding – can cause damage and lead to patients seeking emergency dentistry, according to experts.

It was recently reported that the number of people seeking treatment for teeth grinding has risen and it was noted as a worrying trend by Medical News Today.

The publication explained that stress is a key factor in causing the problem and that it is especially common in young children.

Sufferers will be given advice on where to get help and the money raised will be donated to the charity Help 4 Heroes.

S4S revealed that statistics showed a large number of armed services personnel who served in the second Gulf War suffer from bruxism.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19849608-ADNFCR

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