A British smile was voted the most popular in a dental health poll by Bupa, with Kate Middleton's natural smile trouncing the competition and being voted the nation's favourite. However, only half of the people polled (53 per cent) attend a regular dental examination and one in seven (14 per cent) has not used any dental services in the last four years, with four per cent having never visited the dentist at all.
More than one in three people said that the expense is the main reason for not visiting the dentist regularly. Almost half (46%) of respondents believe having nice teeth can help a person to make more friends. ?
Brian Franks, Clinical Director, Dentistry, Bupa Health and Wellbeing said: "Being happy with your teeth can have a big impact on your confidence and this can affect your work and relationships. So it's surprising that so many people don't go for regular dental examinations. Even people who are currently happy with their teeth should pay attention to their dental health, as problems can happen at any time and get worse if not treated.”