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As major dental treatments are very expensive in Norway, a growing number of Norwegians go abroad to see a dentist. (DTI/Photo courtesy of Christina Solodekhina/shutterstock)
Dental Tribune International

By Dental Tribune International

Mon. 24 October 2011


OSLO, Norway: Ten per cent of Norwegians aged over 21 have not seen a dentist for more than two years, the latest figures from the Oslo-based state statistics bureau SSB and KOSTRA, a municipal statistics service, have revealed. The report also found that residents of northern Norway go to the dentist less often than residents of southern Norway.

“Those Norwegians with the best dental health tend to be amongst the highly educated with relatively high income,” said SSB advisors Trond Ekornrud and Arne Jensen.

Norway, which is known to be amongst the most expensive European countries, also has to contend with dental tourism. According to the online portal Views and News from Norway, which reported the statistics, a growing number of Norwegians go on dental “holidays” to Sweden, Poland, Hungary and other countries to undergo major dental treatment such as crowns or implants because of the high quality treatment at lower prices abroad. A standard crown in Norway now costs around 6,000 NOK (US$1,100) or more.

According to the portal, Norwegians even have a name for the fear of dentists—“tannlegeskrekk”.

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