PEOPLE in Dorchester
are losing fewer teeth than others across the region.
That's according to research by a chain of dentists that has more than a million patients across the South West.
According to figures from mydentist, patients from the Dorchester practice in Bridport Road have had 7.56 extractions for every 100 patients over the last year compared to 10.67 extractions across the South West as a whole and an average of 11.14 for the UK.
The firm has also unveiled a series of top tips for people to help keep their mouths healthy and ensure people in the area continue to have good dental health.
Steve Williams, clinical services director for mydentist, said: "Our patients enjoy some of the lowest rates of tooth loss in the region and we’re delighted to be helping them maintain a healthy mouth.
"You’re much less likely to lose your teeth if you visit the dentist regularly.
"Research proves common problems such as tooth decay could be prevented in 60 per cent of people if they made regular visits to their dental practice and maintained good oral hygiene.
"Because of this it’s vital that people have access to a dentist that can offer them appointments when they need it and first class care that prevents problems that, if untreated, could lead to tooth loss."
Top tips for a healthy mouth include brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste and avoiding sugary drinks and fruit juice as they attack and weaken the enamel on your teeth.
People are also advised to reduce the frequency of sugary snacks and drinks and if consuming them to restrict to meal times.
Other advice includes having chewing gum after you’ve eaten to neutralise harmful acids in your mouth and to visit your dentist regularly to have your mouth and teeth checked before problems arise.