New Bupa study reveals time restraints, fear and cost are the main reasons patients avoid the dentist

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A new study conducted by Bupa has revealed most people avoid going to the dentist on a regular basis as a result of a lack of time, fear and cost.

The Bupa poll, which involved 2,000 adults, suggested that 14% of people didn’t go to the dentist regularly due to time constraints.

In the last 10 years, it is estimated that 2 million British adults haven’t been to the dentist, while more than 8.5 million people don’t go every year as recommended by dental professionals. A third of people have never been to see a dental hygienist.

The findings of the poll suggest that there are three main barriers, which include finding the time to go to the dentist, the cost of dental treatment and anxiety related to undergoing treatment or even sitting in the dental chair. Extreme anxiety and dental phobia can prevent patients from going to the dentist for years, putting them at risk of complex issues like advanced gum disease, decay and infections.

Cost was mentioned by some participants, despite the fact that dental care is subsidised by the NHS.

Director of Bupa Dental Insurance, Steve Gates, said that the poll clearly indicates that there are several barriers facing adults in the UK. Although dental insurance is one of the most commonly provided employee benefits, a large proportion of people don’t have access to insurance through their jobs.

Recently, Bupa launched new plans, which provide comprehensive cover for preventative services, including hygienist appointments.

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