A lack of affordable dental care could have a severe effect on the future state of Britain's teeth, according to a survey by Simplyhealth. Half of the population is under the care of an NHS dentist, with a further 39% claiming they have struggled to find one, and many giving up on the search all together.
One in ten of the 1000 adults surveyed admit to having no dentist. 35% say putting off visiting the dentist has resulted in tooth loss, abscesses and the need for extreme dental procedures. 43% have put off visiting the dentist due to worries over cost. This figure is higher amongst those in their late twenties and early thirties. One in three has been forced to resort to taking on credit card debt in order to pay for dental treatment costing over £50.
James Glover for Simplyhealth says: "The results of this year's survey clearly demonstrate the struggle people are facing to find affordable dental care. Whether able to access an NHS dentist or not, I would encourage people to explore affordable alternative options such as a dental plan or cash plan to avoid the pain and inconvenience of unnecessary dental procedures."
Dental insurance: News update: 8 April 2010