A medical professional has suggested that visiting the dentist on a regular basis will save problems in the long-term.
However, as the Annual Dental Survey 2010 has revealed a shortage in NHS dentists, many people could be turning to private clinics.
Michael Thomas, a dentist at Wessex Dental Specialist Centre, said: "If people see their dentist on a regular basis then problems will be diagnosed at an early stage and can easily be dealt with rather than letting them build up to big problems."
He added: "As the mouth is the gateway to the body, a healthy mouth will be part of having a healthy body and leading a healthy lifestyle."
But according to the annual survey conducted by Simplyhealth, 39 per cent of adults have struggled to find an NHS dentist.
Despite this, there was a small increase in the number of people attending all clinics, which could suggest that more people are benefitting from private dental care.
Independent advice on private healthcare