New data reveals the countries in Europe with the best oral health

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According to a new study, people in Ireland, Lithuania and Azerbaijan all take better care of their teeth than Brits. The UK, in 12th place, fails to make the top 10 European countries in terms of dental hygiene, despite having lower sugar consumption and fewer smokers than most of Europe.

Of 28 European nations analysed, Norway came out as the most teeth-conscious country, followed by Luxembourg in second place and Germany in third place. Serbia was the least teeth-conscious country in Europe, ranking just below Latvia and Poland.

The analysis is based on data including the number of dentists per 10,000 people, sugar consumption, the prevalence of current tobacco use, and the average number of dentist visits per person each year.

Kent Express, the UK’s largest mail-order dental supplier, carried out the study to find the most teeth-conscious countries, analysing a total of 178 countries around the globe. Drawing on European data alone, Kent Express were able to see where the UK ranked compared to the rest of Europe.

The study comes after the UK was found to have missed a total of 30 million dentist appointments in the first year of the pandemic, which some health campaigners say could lead to missed cases of mouth cancer. One in five people have even taken dental treatments into their own hands at home.

The study also found that although Brits visit the dentist less than once a year, on average, this is not due to a lack of dentists. Serbia, for instance, has 60 per cent fewer dentists per 10,000 people than the UK, but people there visited dentists only slightly less.

“Dentistry in the UK is in a state of flux, so it felt like a great time to run the study,” Chris Moffatt, dental expert at Kent Express, said.

“Dentists are increasingly choosing to work privately rather than through the NHS, large corporations are buying up independent dental practices, and technology is opening up new treatment options.

“It’s shocking to discover that the UK ranks so poorly in the survey. We’re also among the bottom 10 countries in the world when it comes to how often we visit the dentist.”

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