UK residents are missing an astonishing total of over 100 million teeth — which averages out to just over two missing teeth per person. Over half (57%) of UK adults have missing teeth — and overall, they’re missing an average of four teeth per person.
And here’s another shocker: 20% of those with missing teeth said their dentist had never mentioned that dental implants were a treatment option.
We had the whole team together for a major meeting when Julie shared this bit of trivia with the group. We spent a few moments considering it.
“What happened to them?” Colleen asked, confused. “Where did they all go?”
“It must be all the soccer hooligans getting their teeth knocked out,” Matt declared.
“And you might have heard that the NHS dental care system can make getting a dentist appointment awfully challenging,” Julie added.
The group marveled for a moment that the stereotypes of the differences between British and American teeth really are based in fact.
I haven’t been to a dental trade show in the UK, but I’ve heard that they’re distinctly different from their American counterparts. In the US, you see a lot of dental implants on display. In the UK, you’ll see a lot more dentures and dental bridges.
Earlier in the day, the founder of a major US dental lab had been telling us about the changing face of that industry. Dental labs used to typically be mom-and-pop affairs, not so different from a traditional mom-and-pop dental practice. But their numbers have been steadily eroding, and national dental laboratory corporations have been growing.
It turns out that many UK residents aren’t particularly impressed with US cosmetic dentistry. They scoff that our perfect teeth look like dentures — except, of course, they probably wear more dentures per capita than we do!