A new study has found that about two out of every five individuals living in the UK have now tried to perform do-it-yourself dentistry, avoiding the local dentist office in an effort to save money. However, by doing this, they often put their dental health in jeopardy.
According to a June 19 BT.com report, the survey also found that about 10% of men had even tried to remove a tooth themselves, with 5% of women saying the same.
Oasis Dental Care, the group that conducted the survey, revealed that of the 38% of individuals who had tried to perform a dental procedure on themselves, 26% said they felt they didn’t need to see a dentist and 25% said they couldn’t afford to see a dentist.
Interestingly, 22% of those who had tried DIY dentistry had done so due to a fear of the dentist office. Individuals between 25 and 34 years of age were the most likely to perform their own dental procedures.
“It’s always very concerning to hear of patients performing their own dentistry, whether it’s to take pain killers to control a toothache, re-attach crowns, perform at-home fillings or remove a tooth altogether,” said Eddie Coyle, head of clinical operations and practicing dentist at Oasis Dental Care.
In addition to people pulling their own teeth, a growing number of individuals have attempted to perform their own orthodontic work, using rubber bands to “straighten” their teeth. In many cases, this has resulted in tooth loss and permanent damage.
While it might be tempting and seemingly cheaper to try and care for your teeth at home, there is no substitute for a licensed dental professional. For optimal dental health, all individuals should be visiting a dentist twice a year for cleanings and check-ups.
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