One in three people have struggled to find an NHS dentist, according to a new poll.
A total of 35% of people said they had difficulty finding an NHS dentist at some point while 43% had been put off because they were worried about the cost.
The survey of more than 1,000 people was carried out for Simplyhealth, which provides private dental insurance.
A breakdown of the figures showed that more than half of the people in Plymouth had found it difficult to get an NHS dentist, followed by 45% in Southampton and 43% in Manchester.
During 2009, companies within the Simplyhealth group will lose their own trading names and individual products and be collectively known as Simplyhealth. The companies include HSA, BCWA, LHF, and HealthSure.
Dental insurance: News update: 03/04/2009