If you’ve ever had an unpleasant dental visit, you’ve probably thought about whether you could afford to pay your dentist the full amount of your out-of-pocket costs.
Now, new research suggests you might be overestimating your out of pocket expenses, and you might need to think twice about the total amount of money you’re willing to spend.
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This is particularly true in England, where the proportion of people seeking dental care is increasing, according to a study by the Royal Society for Public Health and Dentistry.
It found that in 2017-18, there were nearly 1,500 more people aged 25-54 with a primary or secondary orthodentist, and almost 2,400 more people with an orthotic office.
That’s an increase of nearly 7 per cent in the age group of patients.
While this increase is only part of the story, Dr Michael Moulds, a clinical lecturer in dentistry at the University of Liverpool, said the increase was “very worrying”.
“It’s a real concern that younger people are not seeing a dentist in a timely manner,” he said.
“The NHS has seen a lot of people change their dental care because of their age.”
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the age profile of those patients has also changed, and there’s a very high proportion of older patients.
“So we need to understand how to improve their dental services, and to make sure that young people are seeing a dentist in a similar manner to older people.”
In recent years, there has been an increase in the numbers of people looking for dental care in England and Wales.
The number of people aged 55 and over who have looked for dental treatment has increased by more than a quarter since the last census in 2010.
The increase is especially concerning because dental visits are the primary source of revenue for the NHS, and dental care has been the biggest contributor to the country’s economic recovery.
But the Royal Dental Society is warning that while younger people tend to be less likely to choose a dentist, there is a big gap between them and older people.
Dr Mould, who has also written on the growing need for more dental education, said that although older people were less likely than younger people to have primary care dental, there was still a need for a dental program for older people to improve dental skills and improve their chances of obtaining a job.
“There’s a huge gap between older people and younger people when it comes to getting a primary care dentist, and it’s something that needs to be addressed,” he added.
Dr Michael Morthos is the editor of the Royal Osteopathic Journal, a monthly magazine.
You can follow him on Twitter: @DrMichaelMorthos