New research has discovered that there has been a massive decline in the number of British adults visiting the dentist in recent years. The Health and Social Care Information Centre released the information this month and noted that the number of patients visiting the dentist from April 2013 to April 2015 fell 0.3 percent. Only 52 percent of the British adult population has been to a dental practice in the last two years. Are you a part of this statistic?
Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Professor Nigel Hunt was very disappointed in the information the research uncovered. “Routine visits to the dentist are vital to maintaining good oral health. It’s appalling that tooth decay remains the most common reason why five to nine year-old’s are admitted to hospital, despite tooth decay being almost entirely preventable.”
Professor Hunt reiterates how important it is to visit your local dentist regularly. This allows the dentist to provide rapid diagnosis and treatment of tooth decay in both adult and children, so no one has to be admitted to hospital.
The Royal College of Surgeons believes England’s dismal record when it comes to dental visits is thanks to both patient complacency regarding teeth care and limited access to dental appointments. It thinks the Government needs to address these issues and Professor Hunt agrees. “The new Government needs to urgently review why access is not improving and launch a national campaign to stress the importance of seeing a dentist.”
Don’t be Complacent
When was the last time you visited your local dentist? Take care of your teeth and book a dental appointment now.