Brits Put Dental Health On Hold Due To Rising Costs
It is alarming to note that 40% of people in the UK regularly skip routine visits to the dentist as a consequence of rising costs. A research was conducted in this regard by the private medical insurance provider, Simplyhealth. Apparently, about one in four Brits consider the dental care a “luxury” rather than a necessity. The study also revealed that people not only avoid the dentist due to the fact that it is expensive, but that they are also ignorant about what exactly a dentist can do for them and therefore do not take their children for dental check-ups often enough.
The research study came up with some shocking and disturbing statistics that definitely calls for some immediate attention and review of the dental health reforms by the British health services department.
The study was carried out among 10,000 adults and the findings of the survey were as follows: -
- One in four have dodged the dentist’s chair for 18 months
- One in nine hasn’t been to a dentist for more than nine years
- The rise in treatment costs led to four out of ten people claiming that they simply cannot afford regular dental check-ups.
- One in two parents admitted to taking their children too late to the dentist, with more than one in ten children requiring a dental filling before the age of five.
- About one-third of the children have had to make an emergency visit to the dentist in the past five years.
- The poll also found that men were least likely to visit their dentist with over a third giving the excuse that dental treatment was “not essential”.
- Surprisingly, 19% of those surveyed said that they were capable of managing their own dental health without any intervention from their dentist.