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Dental health could suffer ‘if chewing gum tax imposed’


Dental health could suffer 'if chewing gum tax imposed'A new tax on chewing gum could increase the amount of people who have to receive cosmetic dentistry in the UK, it has been suggested.

Conducted by Saga, a study found that many people over the age of 50 are keen for the government to impose a tax on chewing gum to help fund a clean-up operation on the streets of Britain.

However, explains this could have a negative impact on the nation’s oral health.

The benefits of chewing sugarfree gum are recognised by the British Dental Association and dentists advocate it as a way of fighting tooth decay.

The news provider quotes the British Dental Health Foundation as stating: “Chewing gum makes your mouth produce more saliva, which in turn cancels out the acid produced in your mouth after drinking and eating.”

It seems as though some people in Scotland could benefit from using chewing gum, as a study recently conducted by Implantium Network found those living north of the border have the greatest number of missing teeth in the UK.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19849633-ADNFCR

Brits have 109 million teeth missing


Brits have 109 million teeth missing
British adults have 109 million missing teeth, with more people in Scotland having spaces in their mouths than anywhere else, according to new research.

Dental implant supplier Implantium Network carried out the study and found that while 20 per cent of the population have more than five teeth missing, over half have one or more absent.

Concern over costs accounted for why a considerable amount had not been to have implants fitted, while 20 per cent said they were unaware of the treatment.

Missing teeth were blamed for why people failed to get job interviews and promotions among 350,000 of those interviewed.

Meanwhile, 15 per cent said the gaps in their mouth left them feeling self conscious and in some cases people reported feeling depressed.

Jason Buglass, managing director of the Implantium Network, said: “These findings are staggering and the implications are huge.”

The organisation recently revealed that more than a third of Scots had let fear of the dentist keep them from having their teeth checked in five years.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19841702-ADNFCR

‘Scared’ Scots avoid the dentist


'Scared' Scots avoid the dentistMore than a third of people in Scotland failed to get their teeth checked in five years due to a fear of the dentist, new research has revealed.

Concern over potential problems accounted for why 8 per cent of Scots avoided visiting the dentist, while the same number were concerned over the cost of treatments, the Daily Record reports.

Of the 2,048 adults interviewed by the Implantium Network, 7 per cent said that a fear of the dentist was the sole reason why they had not had their teeth checked more often.

The company’s managing director Jason Buglass said: “There are courses available to help Britons overcome their fear of the dentist and many practitioners are compassionate to nervous patients and will take extra time to reassure them.”

He explained that by failing to have regular check-ups people could end up with extensive problems and require costly and invasive treatments.

The Daily Mail recently reported that American neuroscientists had unveiled new sound technology that claims to relax nervous patients by slowing the brain waves in to a state associated with meditation and sleep.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19811450-ADNFCR

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