The true cost of going to the dentist

Why regular dental check-ups are important to help take care of your winning smile.

According to a recent consumer oral health survey1, nearly one in four people (22%) admit to going to the dentist less than once every two years, or not at all. Why? Well, the survey showed that 11% found making time a challenge, whilst the most common reasons amongst non-attendees were either because they were frightened of the dentist or of pain (39%), or because they felt that they couldn’t afford it (39%).

The fact of the matter is, regular dental check-ups are a vital part of safeguarding your oral health for longer. Whilst the cost of regular dental care may be a bit daunting, it is a far better prospect in the long run – in terms of money and physical discomfort – than that of emergency or restorative treatment.

Manage the cost to avoid the unexpected

If the thought of dental fees is your main reason for not going to see a dentist, there is a way to tackle this.

Dental payment plans, such as the Denplan product range from Simplyhealth Professionals, are an affordable way of ensuring that you have regular access to private dental care. Many dentists offering Denplan payment plans also offer evening and weekend appointments to make it easier for you to fit dental check-ups into your life. Research has shown1 that 91% of people who have a Denplan payment plan or similar, visit the dentist at least once every six months; additionally, those on a dental payment plan are less likely to cancel a routine check-up due to financial worries than those who pay per treatment (28% compared to 46%).

Take a preventive approach to your oral health

Dentists are experts in oral healthcare, and are often best placed to advise you on how to care for your teeth and gums at home, as well as how your lifestyle and sporting pursuits, such as running, can affect your oral health. By seeing your dentist regularly, he or she will be more likely to spot problems early on, and be able to address them before they become more serious.

You will find that dental practices also contain a whole team of professionals that can give personal advice on your oral hygiene. They can help you understand any specific issues that may affect your oral health and explain the best techniques (e.g. brushing and flossing) or recommendations to help you maintain the health of your teeth and gums.

Go for a warm welcome

If anxiety or fear of the dentist’s chair is what stops you from having regular check-ups, you will find that dental practices are now, more than ever, friendly places to visit. A good dental practice will have welcoming members of staff and a comfortable environment where the dental team will take the time to discuss your oral health with you and put you at ease in their care.

The benefits of regular dental care appointments are clear: better oral health through prevention and personalised oral hygiene advice. So do make time to look after that winning smile.

To learn more about the benefits of joining a Denplan payment plan and locate a local friendly dentist visit www.denplan.co.uk/find-a-dentist


1All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 5,025 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken 24th January-3rd February 2017. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).

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