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40% cannot afford regular trips to the dentist


According to Simplyhealth's annual dental survey 2011, 40% admit to skipping routine visits to the dentist, as they cannot afford to pay the bills.


To help make these bills more affordable, Simplyhealth is running an exclusive two months free' offer to all new customers who purchase a Simply Dental Plan online


James Glover at Simplyhealth comments: "With the rising cost of living and with NHS dental charges in England on the increase, it is important that people are financially prepared for the costs associated with looking after their oral health. Worryingly, not only are individuals skipping appointments but our research also shows that those who attend could be managing their dental bills more effectively. For example, 16% use their credit card to pay for treatment over £150, which could cost them more money in the long term if not paid off quickly. Dental plans and cash plans are a great way of helping individuals and families to spread the cost of visiting the dentist, ensuring dental care is affordable even when finances don't allow. As well as routine dental appointments, unexpected or emergency trips to the dentist can often result in costly treatment. With just over 30% of people stating they have had to take their children to one or more emergency appointments in the last five years, budgeting for the unexpected visits is essential."

Dental insurance news: 6 May 2011