Poor oral hygiene not only ruins teeth but can contribute to health conditions such as to cardiovascular disease, stroke and pneumonia.
Earlier this week it was announced that NHS dentistry fees in England would rise by 8.5 per cent from April 24. A band one treatment, such as a check-up, will increase from £23.80 to £25.80 and a band two, which includes fillings and tooth extractions, will increase from £65.20 to £70.70. Costs for dentures and crowns under band three treatments are set to rise from £282.80 to £306.80.
The announcement comes after a YouGov poll revealed that some people are extracting their own teeth and attempting DIY root canal treatment to avoid dental costs. Some 22 per cent are currently not on the books of a dental practice with the majority of those unable to access, or afford, treatment.