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Thursday, September 08, 2016

We DON'T have to see a dentist twice a year: Britain's top dentist says patients are needlessly clogging up surgeries

Dr Sara Hurley said patients do not need to see their dentist every six months
Patients are needlessly clogging up dental surgeries by going twice a year, the country’s top dentist warned today.
Sara Hurley urged patients to raise questions if they are invited for appointments every six months.
She said visiting every year or two would free up space for those who needed treatment for decay or gum problems.
And she added that many patients needed appointments only because they had ruined their teeth.
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Dr Sara Hurley said patients do not need to see their dentist every six months
UK youngsters are the biggest consumers of soft drinks in Europe – with teenagers getting almost a third of their sugar intake this way.
Dr Hurley, who is chief dental officer for England, said: ‘There is a misconception that you need to see a dentist every six months.
‘The public needs to appreciate that one size doesn’t fit all. If you go to have your car MoT, and the mechanic says “Come back in six months”, do you blindly adhere to that advice?’
Around half of adults visit a dentist twice a year, with almost 40 per cent going private. An NHS check-up costs £19.70, compared with up to £120 privately.

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