Unable to afford soaring charges, almost a fifth of people have all but given up going to their dentist, the Sunday Express has discovered.
There has been a surge in sales of dental kits at pharmacies including chemicals to whiten teeth.
Experts say that up to 200,000 DIY dentists risk injuring themselves and missing out on potentially life-saving check-ups.
Up to a third of adults no longer have an NHS dentist, according to the latest figures.
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