Is Going To The Dentist Really A Luxury?

New research shows that over a quarter of the population now consider going to the dentist as a luxury. But does that mean teeth are at risk? Should a dental plan be considered?

Dental planSimplyhealth’s Annual Dental Survey 2011 of 10,000 UK adults found that over a third of men consider dentist appointments not essential. Amazingly almost 20% believe they can take care of their teeth themselves.

Women are not ‘tooth fairies’ either, with over 40% saying dentist visits are ‘too expensive’.

Would you believe that almost 50% would rather take out the rubbish and 41% would prefer to clean the toilet than get their teeth checked.

These are rather surprising figures and as James Glover from Simplyhealth says: “We’re not talking about a holiday, or a new car, but protecting your dental health, which is an everyday health need.

Simplyhealth offers an affordable Simply Dental Plan to help spread the cost of visiting the dentist, so cost doesn’t prevent people from looking after their teeth. This covers check-ups, treatment and emergencies.

We hope that having a plan like this in place will help encourage individuals to visit their dentist on a regular basis, without having to worry about the cost.”

Younger people place far less importance on their dental health, with almost a third of 18-24 year olds saying visiting the dentist is a luxury, not an everyday need.

Practicing dentist and Simplyhealth’s dental advisor, Michael Thomas, says: “Everyone wants nice, white teeth, but this won’t happen if people aren’t prepared to put any effort into caring for them.

It’s really important that individuals take the time to brush their teeth twice a day and regularly visit their dentist. This isn’t just important for the health of their teeth, but also for other health issues for example, research suggests that poor oral health is associated with a greater risk of a stroke and heart disease.

Dentists can provide so much information and guidance that people aren’t taking advantage of. For instance Simplyhealth’s research has found that only 34% would think to speak to their dentist about identifying oral cancer.”

Simplyhealth is currently running an exclusive ‘two months free’ offer* to all new customers who purchase a Simply Dental Plan online via

Simplyhealth has been helping people access affordable healthcare for almost 140 years, through a variety of cash plans, dental plans, private medical insurance, self funded health plans and mobility and living aids.

*The two months free offer for new customers purchasing a Simply Dental Plan online ends 30 June 2011. comment: The cost of dental treatment is rising but with dental insurance or a dental plan you can get cover for your NHS or private dental treatment.

Different plans provide different levels of cover which means, as with any insurance, you need to make sure you understand what you need and then get the appropriate cover.

Take a look at our article ‘Dental Insurance Explained‘, it may help with your deliberations.

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