Within the last year, 39%of Britons have used their credit card to pay for dental costs over £50, and 2% have been forced to take out a loan. These shocking results come as more and more people struggle to find an NHS dentist for themselves and their children (up from 59% to 63%), according to Simplyhealth’s Annual Dental Survey 2010. These financial effects could also signal a public health concern.
43% of people put off visiting the dentist due to the cost. 35% of these people, who have not visited the dentist, have suffered from devastating consequences. 26% have had to endure long term tooth decay, 19% have lost a tooth and 2% have had to resort to needing extreme dental procedures. Furthermore, the survey shows that 15% of Britons have cut out visiting the dentist altogether and have either called the NHS Direct or have gone to the A&E department with their dental issues putting additional pressure on public services.
Simplyhealth’s healthcare provider James Glover explains: “It’s extremely worrying that people are going to these lengths to pay for their dental treatment and that others are delaying to the point of pain and long term damage. The good news is that it doesn’t need to be like this. By putting aside just a little a week, health cash plans and dental plans can help take away the financial bother of dental care. For example, a Simply Cash Plan starts from just £2.25 a week providing cover for dental visits, optician appointments, complementary therapies and more.”
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