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Dentist costs ‘putting off patients’

1st April 2008

The costs associated with receiving dental care are deterring thousands of people around the UK from visiting their local healthcare provider, it has been claimed.

According to research conducted by TNS on behalf of HSA, almost 20 per cent of British adults avoid visiting their dentist because they are concerned about the resulting bills.

Looking after dental health is now considered to be an unaffordable proposition by more than a quarter of the 1,000 polled on the subject.

Furthermore, three in four Britons believe the government could be doing more to help safeguard the health of children in the UK, while two in five feel that dental services through the NHS will soon be phased out all together.

“Our results come shortly after the NHS has revealed that half a million fewer adults are visiting the now dentist than two years ago,” said Richard from HSA.

This could be down to cost, and also difficulty in accessing an NHS dentist.

Earlier this year, Citizens Advice urged primary care trusts around the country to use the funding they receive to improve the accessibility of their dental facilities.

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