Surveys Suggest Millions Willing To Prioritise Going Out Over Oral Health

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A survey has suggested that millions of Brits are willing to prioritise going out over their oral health. A new survey, which involved more than 2,000 adults in the UK, showed that almost 20% of people are willing to cancel a dental appointment in order to spend money on socialising, ordering a takeaway or buying new clothes.

The poll, which was carried out for the Dental Health Foundation as part of National Smile Month, revealed that 18 per cent of people would forgo a dental appointment in favour of going to the pub, spending money on a takeaway or buying a new item of clothing.

Dr Nigel Carter OBE, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, encouraged people to prioritise their health over their social life, especially as dental issues get worse if they are left untreated and this will only lead to higher costs in the future. Dr Carter advised people to take note of the three main messages of this year’s National Smile Month campaign and visit their dentist regularly, cut back on sugary and acidic foods and spend 2 minutes every morning and evening brushing their teeth.

Dr Carter said that these habits are not solely important for healthy teeth and gums, but also for overall health, as numerous research studies have linked gum disease to a higher risk of heart disease, strokes, some forms of cancer, complications during pregnancy and diabetes.

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