The British Dental Health Foundation is calling for increased government funding to allow for cheaper and more frequent check-ups, helping to reduce mouth cancer rates.
The oral health charity says cutting the current cost barrier associated with dental care could ultimately save thousands of lives.
The call follows a new survey which reveals that 48 per cent of the general public believe investing in dentistry could help reduce cancer rates. A similar percentage (47.9 per cent), has called for more government investment into cancer research.
With cases of mouth cancer forecast to rise over the next decade, the BDHF believed that more frequent dental checks at a lower cost is the key to increasing rates of early detection, resulting in fewer mortalities.
Dr Nigel Carter OBE, chief executive of the charity, welcomed a recent £400 million investment into cancer research and called for a similar injection into dentistry.
He said: "I was delighted to hear the Government announce its latest multi-million pound package into cancer research. Thousands of current cancer sufferers and future cancer patients will hopefully benefit from the investment. Each one of them deserves the very best care and treatment.
"Although very welcome, the £30m cash injection into dentistry earlier this year doesn’t go far enough. Poor oral health has been linked to four of the five major killers – cancer, heart problems, strokes and respiratory problems. Investing to making dentistry more affordable could potentially save millions of pounds through treatment of these diseases and will enable excess funds to be ploughed back into the NHS."