Dental absences costs UK economy £36m each year

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Dental absences costs UK economy £36m each year

Employees missing work due to oral health problems costs the UK economy an estimated £36.6 million each year, according to a The British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy.

A nationwide study of UK employees has discovered an estimated 415,000 people miss at least a day of work each year due to oral health problems.

One in five employees said that they would be prepared to call in sick because to a toothache.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has calculated that the average cost of missing a day's work in the UK is £80.20 per person.

Michaela ONeill, president of the BSDHT said: "To have so many people being forced to miss work and costing the economy a staggering amount due to toothache and other oral health problems is a real eye opener, especially when many of the causes are entirely preventable." 

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