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Not a lot to smile about – 109 million missing teeth for Brits

New research reveals that British adults have around a staggering 109 million missing teeth – the equivalent of just over two per person.

In total, 57% of the adult population admits to having one or more missing teeth.

A staggering 20% of people are without five or more teeth.

The findings reveal that the average person aged 65 and over has on average just over four missing teeth, compared to 3.5 for those aged 55–64.

Age group                       Number of people          Total number of missing teeth
                                        with missing teeth          for people in this age group

18 – 24                              1.4 million (24.6%)      3.751 million (0.66 per person)
25 – 34                              2.5 million (33%)         6.214 million (0.82 per person)
35 – 44                              4.24 million (47%)       14.037 million (1.56 per person)      
45 – 54                              4.96 million (61.6%)     18.678 million (2.32 per person)      
55 – 64                               5.51 million (77.6%     24.919 million (3.49 per person)      
65+                                    8.218 million (83%)     42.162 million (4.24 per person)      
Total                                   26.8 million    109.7 million (2.31 per person)

On a regional basis, Scotland has the highest percentage of adults with missing teeth – 65% - compared to 50% in the North East and also the West Midlands (the two regions with the lowest percentage of adults with missing teeth).

In terms of the average number of teeth missing per adult, Scotland again tops the league table with 2.88 teeth, compared to 1.96 for the South West (the lowest in Britain).


Region        Percentage of people in the
                   region with missing teeth         Average number of missing teeth per adult
     
Scotland                  65%                                         2.88  
North West              61%                                          2.63  
Eastern                   60%                                          2.32  
East Midlands          58%                                          2.34  
Yorks/Humberside    58%                                          2.42  
London                    56%                                          2.06  
Wales                      54%                                          2.26  
South East               54%                                          2.02  
South West              53%                                          1.96  
West Midlands          50%                                          2.11  
North East                50%                                          2.62  

Jason Buglass, managing director of The Implantium Network who carried out the research, says:  'These findings are staggering, and the implications are huge.'

The research also shows that:
• 3% of people with missing teeth have said that this has led to them feeling depressed
• 15% said it made them feel self conscious
• 2% - some 417,000 people – complained that it has adversely affected their love lives.

Some 350,000 people say it has meant they have missed out on job interviews and promotions.

However, when it comes to why people don't have implants to replace their missing teeth, 43% said it was because they are too expensive, and 20% said their dentists had never mentioned them.

Earlier this year, Implantium launched a new network comprising 150 dental practitioners across the UK offering implants to consumers for a fixed fee of just £1,350 plus a £100 consultancy fee.

Implant treatments for patients will be 37% cheaper than the current average industry price, which is approximately £2,000 excluding the cost of the crown. 
 
For further information, visit www.implantium.co.uk.

 Posted on : Wed 16th - Jun - 2010

 

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