One in five people have admitted they would pull out their own teeth, risking infection and other complications, because they can’t afford to go to the dentist.
The British Dental Health Foundation has issued a stark response to the findings, warning about the ‘senseless’ examples which have seen people pull out the wrong tooth and end up with infections as they resort to using doorknobs and string to yank out painful and infected teeth.
In the last two years 56 per cent of the population have had a dental examination – with a large proportion of patients avoiding trips to the dentist because they are worried about the spiralling costs of treatment.
A survey of more than 2,000 people by the British Dental Health Foundation revealed 17 per cent would remove the tooth themselves, and four per cent would opt for asking a friend to do so.
Almost 80 per cent of people responding to the survey said they would leave a problem with their teeth until they could afford to go to the dentist.
The British Dental Health Foundation, said: ‘DIY dentistry is both dangerous and unnecessary. There are too many senseless examples of people either pulling out the wrong tooth or ending up with an infection. It is all too easy to make the problem worse, which could result in more invasive and expensive treatment, so I urge those considering self-treatment to think again.’
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