Practitioners in general and cosmetic dentistry in Bolton and the rest of the UK are urging people not to neglect their oral health as household budgets decrease and money is getting tighter.
The current economic downturn means that many people are looking for ways to save money and oral health is one of the ways that they are saving. However, The British Dental Health Foundation has said that neglecting your teeth will cost more physically and financially in the long run.
The Foundation are concerned that statistics have found that one in four people believe that visiting the dentist is not a priority.
People on lower incomes are more likely to suffer from oral health problems and 24% of people on low incomes are likely to refuse dental treatment while 40% are more likely to delay it.
British Dental Health Foundation Chief Executive, Dr Nigel Carter, is urging people to not neglect their oral health: “Our findings show that oral health is not recession-proof and that too many people are willing to gamble with their oral health. Unfortunately, they are running the risk of storing up a wide range of health problems and even bigger costs in the future. Many people are entitled to free dental treatment on the NHS and it’s always worth checking, especially if your circumstances change.
“A regular oral health routine is the only way to avoid problems with teeth and gums. This includes maintaining regular visits to the dentist. Oral health can quickly deteriorate and regular check-ups with a dentist are essential.
“The cost of poor oral health is not just cosmetic. Fillings, having teeth removed and other repair work are all considerably more expensive than the price of a check-up. The pain of toothache can be excruciating and is something to be avoided at any cost.
“Continuing to use good quality oral health products is also really important.
“We advise anyone thinking of choosing different products to look out for the British Dental Health Foundation’s ‘approved’ symbol, which shows the product has been independently checked by an expert panel, and the marketing claims being made for the product have been independently verified by our panel of academic experts.”