New research from health plan provider HSA has revealed that as many as 1 in 5 UK adults have postponed trips to the dentist because they are concerned about the cost.
As NHS dentists become few and far between, it seems the nation is more concerned for their wallet than their teeth. The survey showed that two fifths of participants are expecting cost efficient NHS dentistry to disappear altogether in the future.
It seems that dentistry is an area Briton’s are willing to compromise on. According to the HSA research, 35 per cent of those surveyed believe they could do more to look after their oral health, but money is an obstacle.
When it comes to children’s dental health, only 27 per cent of those questioned thought that the Government is doing enough to look after the oral health of children. This could be down to the gradual diminishment of NHS dental practices.
Richard Halley, spokesperson for HSA said: "Our results come shortly after the NHS has revealed that half a million fewer adults are now visiting the dentist than two years ago.
"This could be down to the cost, and also difficulty in accessing an NHS dentist. Indeed 27 per cent of those surveyed claim that they have struggled to find an NHS dentist."
According to HSA, dental insurance
could put an end to this apparent lack of dental hygiene.
"If affordability is a concern," continued Mr Halley, "people could consider taking out an HSA dental plan
"Plans start from as little as £2.25 a week and provide the peace of mind you are covered for check ups, treatment and emergencies, whether an NHS or private dentist."
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