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One in five delaying dental treatment due to cost

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The 2009 Adult Dental Health Survey (ADHS) is the fifth in a series of national dental surveys that have been carried out once every ten years since 1968. The main purpose of these surveys has been to get a picture of the dental health of the adult population and how this has changed over time.

 

Latest statistics show that 26% say that the type of dental treatment they opt to have is influenced by cost and 19 % have delayed treatment for the same reason.

 

58% have tried to make an NHS dental appointment in the last three years. Of these 92 %t successfully received and attended an appointment.

 

The improvement in the oral health of adults in England, Northern Ireland and Wales highlighted by the 2009 Adult Dental Survey disguises persistent inequalities between those with the best and worst oral health, the British Dental Association (BDA) has warned.

 

Although the survey points to an encouraging overall improvement in adults’ oral health – with reductions in decay and gum disease and more teeth being retained – it also highlights the significant disparities between those with the best and worst oral health.

 

Susie Sanderson of the BDA says, “The survey reinforces the importance of preventive approaches to dental care. Pilots that will lead to a new dental contract in England and planning of our dental workforce must take account of these evolving challenges.”
Dental insurance news: 2 April 2011