Warning after survey says 1 in 5 would pull teeth

A warning has been issued by experts from the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF) after a recent survey revealed that 1 in 5 people would pull their own teeth out to save on dental fees.

The survey, which involved more than 2,000 British adults, revealed that 17 per cent of people said they would attempt to pull their own tooth out if suffering from pain, while 4 per cent would ask a friend for help.

The survey was conducted by the British Dental Health Foundation as part of National Smile Month, which ran until the 19th June.

Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, warned that DIY dentistry can be extremely dangerous and often results in higher dental costs overall, as patients then have to pay for their teeth to be fixed.

Dr Carter also advised patients to seek help from a trained dentist if they have dental issues, as it is very easy to make the situation worse. He used what he called “senseless examples” to highlight the dangers, including removing the wrong tooth and ending up with tooth infections.

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