A nationwide survey into attitudes towards dental healthcare shows that we’re not making time for our teeth. According to recent research from Denplan – the UK’s leading dental plan provider – 23 per cent of Britons admit not going to the dentist because they have difficulty finding the time to make a visit.
In Scotland and Wales, this figure rose to 32 per cent and 26 per cent respectively. And shockingly, 17 per cent of parents admit that they don’t make time to supervise their kids’ under the age of 10 brushing their teeth. In addition, 20 per cent of us admit that we never go to the dentist or only go when in pain. Of this group, a quarter claim to gauge our own dental health rather than seeking the advice of a professional, with 24 per cent claiming ‘I don’t need to go’.
The findings make for alarming reading according to Denplan’s chief dental officer, Dr Roger Matthews. He says: “Most of the adult population suffers from a degree of gum disease, which if left untreated in susceptible patients can eventually result in the loosening of teeth and even tooth loss. Prevention is the best form of action. To maintain a healthy set of teeth and gums it is essential we make time for our teeth. Don’t wait for toothache or ignore bleeding on brushing. ”
Attending regular check-ups as recommended by your dentist will help to detect potential gum disease, dental decay and even – on rare occasions – symptoms of generalised illnesses or mouth cancer.