More Britons paying for dental care with credit cards

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According to a survey, an increasing number of British patients are paying for dental treatments with a credit card.

The study, which was carried out by Simply Health as part of their Annual Dental Survey, confirmed that a massive 39 percent of patients were using a credit card to pay for dental treatments costing over £50. The survey also indicated that 2 percent of patients had to take out a loan to cover the costs of dental treatment.

Representatives from Simply Health were shocked by the results of the survey, which clearly indicates that a large number of patients are struggling to afford dental care.

Many patients are putting off going to the dentist because they can’t afford the treatment and are only going to the dentist if they are suffering from severe pain or discomfort; by this time, there is usually very little dentists can do and patients are ending up having to choose between having complex treatments, which are costly or losing their teeth. Visiting a dentist regularly can help to prevent conditions such as decay and gum disease from getting worse, which can save money in the long-run.

Insurance providers have urged those that struggle to pay for dental care to consider taking out a dental insurance policy; small monthly payments could save a large amount of money in the long-term, as the cost of treatment will probably work out much more expensive than the sum of the monthly payments. There are now a huge number of dental insurance policies available, with plans to suit everyone. 

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