The NHS has just published its annual dental survey. The rest of the media might have missed it, but I read the report avidly. So, what is the state of the Nation's teeth?
- Overall, 94 per cent of adults in England, Wales and Northern Ireland were dentate (ie have some teeth).
- Over the last 30 years the proportion of adults in England who had no natural teeth ("edentate") has fallen by 22 percentage points, from 28 per cent in 1978 to 6 per cent in 2009.
- Eighty-six per cent of dentate adults had 21 or more natural teeth.
- The average number of teeth among all dentate adults was 25.6.
- Over three-fifths (61 per cent) of dentate adults said they attended the dentist for regular check-ups;
- Twelve per cent of all adults (who had ever been to the dentist) were classified as having extreme dental anxiety.
I say damn the deficit. More resources are needed in Wales to improve dental hygiene standards. So lets get some Dentists over there as soon as possible.
I am also quite worried about "Extreme Dental Anxiety". It is a malady that has not yet received an acronym, so I am going to invent one - EDA. So are you an EDA sufferer? I sense that the Welsh are particularly prone to EDA, hence the lack of teeth.