A decades-long debate has finally been settled: a study has confirmed that English citizens have better teeth than their US counterparts.

In the study, published in the British Medical Journal, researchers in the UK and the US examined data from English and American dental surveys.

The results showed that the average number of missing teeth was 6.97 for English participants, but 7.31 for those in the US.

Additionally, people were more likely to suffer poor dental health in the US because of socio-economic factors.


Smile conscious Brits

Dr Sameer Patel, clinical director of Harley Street practice Elleven and member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, commented on the findings: ‘It has long been a stereotype that Americans have much better teeth than those in the UK.

‘However, in recent years the UK has grown increasingly “smile conscious” and as a nation our oral hygiene has come on leaps and bounds.

‘This can in part be attributed to the preventive and prospective visions of the British dental community, which we have seen filtering into the mindset of the general population – effectively leading to healthier teeth and gums around the country.

‘Additionally, the cosmetic dentistry industry has seen an increase in minimally invasive treatments and a boom in demand for orthodontics, which in the long term, actually helps to prevent tooth decay and oral health issues.










Patients at St Stephens Dental Practice will be aware that principal Martin Southon has tried hard to make his practice welcoming and relaxing by  making it seem less clinical.

Martin is a great lover of art and both of the surgeries and the waiting room feature original artwork.

Many patients have complimented the surgery on the pictures on show and have commented that they contribute to the relaxed atmosphere.

Most of the pictures are from Martins friend Lin Broadley. She is an extremely skilful artist painting using all mediums. The surgery has just had a new delivery of paintings and they can be viewed here but are best seen “in the flesh” at the surgery.

Martin is extremely pleased and proud to be able to feature this lovely artwork. Most of the pieces are for sale and are very reasonably priced. Lin will also consider private commissions.











If you are interested in the featured paintings or a commission please either contact the surgery on 01227 452668 or contact Lin direct on 01227 700003.

New patients are of course welcome at St Stephens and appointments can be booked by phone on 01227 452668 or online at

St Stephens Dental Surgery where we will give you the confidence to smile.


A little message from Martin

Hello and a Happy New year from me, Martin Southon, Principal of St Stephens Dental Practice and my team.

At this time of year I am looking for people whose New Years resolution is to sort out their teeth, dental health, appearance and eating.

I have already seen 5 or 6 new patients who have had this thought but there is always room for more!

The kind of things we can help with are;

People who have quit smoking and would like cleaner teeth.

People who have bleeding gums.

People who want to cure their bad breath.

People who are fed up with that toothache.

People who are fed up with their wobbly teeth.

People who would like whiter teeth.

People who do not like the appearance of their teeth.

People who are fed up with getting food stuck in their teeth.

Exasperated people who cannot eat some foods because of their teeth.

Gappy people who want to do something about their missing teeth.

People who would like straighter teeth.

People who do not like their dentures.

People whose dentures are loose.

People who would like implants.

People who do not know what food or drink is good for their teeth too.


People who do not like their existing dentist (unless it is me!)

If you or any of your friends or family fit into any of these categories please give us a call on 01227 452668 or send us an Email at

My team and I at St Stephens Dental Practice will give you the confidence to smile.