ONE in four people have resorted to DIY dentistry during lockdown, a poll suggests.
And, worryingly, most are using treatment tips online, rather than visiting a professional.
But trusting Dr Google will increase the risk of infection or gum disease, experts say.
Nigel Carter, boss of the Oral Health Foundation, which carried out the survey, said: “DIY home dentistry is a terrible idea and should be avoided at all costs.
“Home treatments in untrained hands often involve shortcuts that can lead to permanent damage to your health.”
Brits have always been reluctant to see a dentist but the latest stay-at-home lockdown restrictions have only made it worse.
Of those polled, 55 per cent admit neglecting their teeth, with 16 per cent saying they do not brush them as often as they should.
And 24 per cent say they have resorted to DIY treatments to fix any problems.
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Problems are being made worse by a rise in unhealthy eating and drinking during lockdown.
Dr Carter added: “If you are experiencing any problems, the best thing you can do is book an appointment with a dentist.”
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