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Dental advisor warns against DIY dentistry

Teeth inspection
A dental expert has advised against performing DIY dentistry after a survey found that many people have been attempting to fix their own dental problems rather than visit an NHS dentist.

Martin Fulford, a former dentist and dental health advisor for Somerset, said that anyone in need of dental treatment should ensure they arrange an appointment rather than trying to treat themselves.

He said: "Do-it-yourself dentistry is an unnecessary and potentially dangerous thing to do.

"Pulling your own teeth out risks pain and infection and using glues or cleaning products risks poisoning yourself."

The expert's comments follow a survey by consumer watchdog Which? that found that eight per cent of the 2,631 respondents had tried DIY dentistry.

Of these ill-advised consumers, 26 per cent had tried to remove a tooth using pliers and 30 per cent had used household cleaning products in an attempt to whiten their teeth.

A further 11 per cent admitted that had used glue to stick down a filling or crown.

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Dentistry news update: 17/02/2009