Every year, we run a comprehensive consumer survey to explore how people feel about their oral health and dental care. This provides invaluable insights for dentists into how often people visit the dentist, their oral health habits, what’s important to them from their dental practice, and much more.
The survey revealed that almost a quarter of the population are now avoiding the dental chair and visit a dentist less than every two years. 39% said they were too scared of the dentist or pain and the same number claimed they couldn’t afford check ups
This represents an 8% increase, compared to last year, in the number of people who say they cannot afford regular dental care or treatment.
Furthermore, in a worrying socio-economic trend, over half of UK adults (52%) said they’d cancel a routine dental appointment if they had financial worries. Young people aged 18-24 were the age group most likely to cancel.
Not only does this have implications for dentists but also for the oral health of this segment of the population.
Unsurprisingly, 94% of patients consider trust in their dentist to be important, alongside the confidence that the surgery is sterile, hygienic and that the practice will ensure the health of their gums and teeth.
Of high importance to patients is also convenience of appointment times and explanation of treatment and procedures plus value for money.
Commenting, Dr Henry Clover said “These insights are extremely useful for dental professionals. A practice needs to precisely understand what is most important to their patients, in order to provide a quality service and build a strong patient trust”
The survey also highlighted concerns with children’s oral health, the findings of which correspond with a report by the Royal College of Surgeons which showed record numbers of under-fives having rotten teeth removed. Findings also revealed that hospital extractions among pre-school children have soared by 24 per cent in just ten years*
Further results from the survey will give dentists further insights into the thoughts and attitudes of people regarding their intake of sugar, oral and overall health.
Read the Consumer Oral health Survey in full.
All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 5,068 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 24th January - 2nd February 2017. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).
For the children’s oral health section:
Parents of children aged 18 years old and under took part in this survey; and if there was more than one child in the family, we asked parents to answer based on the child whose birthday fell next.
All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 4353 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken from 25th January to 2nd February 2017. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+)