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Deaths linked to mouth cancer will soar if the government refuses to allow dentist to reopen, a friend of Kate Middleton has claimed.

Sam Waley-Cohen, 38, who owns £300m worth of oral health practices,  told the , it was 'inexplicable' that dentist's offices remained closed as 'most have higher hygiene standards than hospitals'. 

The former Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning jockey also said the closure has led to up to 10million missed appointments. 

Despite his prowess in business and sports, he is perhaps most famed as the man whose magic brought Prince William and Kate Middleton back together after their split in March 2007. 

Sam Waley-Cohen, 38, who owns £300m worth of oral health chains, told the Sunday Telegraph , it was 'inexplicable' that dentist's offices remained closed as most have higher hygiene standards than hospitals.

class=He is pictured with Kate Middleton in 2008

He said: 'One of the things dentists do is diagnose mouth cancer - that's a big risk. 

'The second risk is as you get mouth infections, the pain and discomfort stops you from being able to eat, so nutrition declines, it has a very close relationship with other healthcare problems. 

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'The third is children's oral care, which is really important to establish when they're young.' 

British Dental Association guidelines say all routine, non-urgent dental care including orthodontics should be stopped and deferred until advised otherwise due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The former Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning jockey also said the closure has led to up to 10million missed appointments.

He is pictured with Kate Middleton at the Cheltenham in 2008, he is a close friend of both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge