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Regular dentist check-ups 'advised'

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.

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