Only 6% of us happy with our smiles
CFD Dental Survey 2019
We recently conducted a nationwide survey to gain further insight into people’s dental experiences. Out of the 1673 surveyed, only 6% of respondents we’re completely happy with the appearance of their smiles.
According to our survey, 26% of people don’t visit the dentist regularly, whether that is down to cost, time or fear. 17% of people haven’t been to see a dentist within the last 2 years, and 48 people (3%) out of those surveyed said it’s been more than 10 years since they’ve seen a dentist, with the longest absence stated as being over 30 years.
Dental fear was the main reason in our survey for people not going to the dentist (16.9%). There’s lots of support out there if you do feel anxious about your visit, and your dental team are always there to help. We see many patients who have come to us after a long absence – be that 10, 20 or 50 years – since their last dental visit and it’s great to see those same patients relax and realise it’s not as bad as they had thought. Your oral health can have such a significant impact on your overall health, so it’s really important to maintain regular dental check ups and good oral hygiene habits.
Centre for Dentistry Survey Infographic
What if I am unhappy with my smile?
You’re not alone. Our recent survey established that 94% of people are not entirely happy with their smile. With 25% of people rating how happy they are with their smile as 5 or below (on a scale of 1-10), it is clear that more needs to be done to encourage people to seek advice.
Attending regular check-ups also keeps your oral health in check and can help to prevent any problems or diseases. Check out our World Oral Health Day blog for some tips on how to make a dental visit that little more easier. Regular trips to the dentist can also give you the opportunity to ask questions on how to improve your smile if you’re not altogether happy with it. These can range from simple oral health tips to do at home, to treatment done in practice.
If you’re part of the 26% of people who aren’t registered with a Dentist, why not get in touch with your local practice? Centre for Dentistry is welcoming new patients with flexible appointment times and 24 practices across the country based inside Sainsbury’s stores. You can also register and book your first appointment online via our website to make booking hassle-free.
Common Treatment Options for a Happier Smile
- For a brighter, whiter smile >> With the rise of the ‘Hollywood Smile’, many of us want brighter, whiter teeth, which can improve our confidence and even make us look a little younger. Surface stains caused by things such as tea, coffee or smoking can be improved by an Air Polish treatment which them buffs away using a fine powder. If you’re ready to take your smile to the next level, teeth whitening is a great option. Your dentist will be able to advise on the best option for you.
- For a straighter smile >> Not only can an uneven smile-line effect how you feel about your teeth, but sometimes it can be better for your overall oral health to consider orthodontics to help you chew better and reduce any damage. Adult orthodontics are becoming increasingly popular, with several options available which are discreet and made to suit your lifestyle.
- Tooth loss: We understand that having a tooth extracted can be quite a daunting process and worries may arise around restoring your natural smile and also having full functionality. Your dentist is there to support you every step of the way and can provide options from removable appliances such as dentures, to dental implants and bridges.
You can get in touch with your local CFD team to find out more about our services and to book your appointment. We have 24 practices based around the country and currently welcoming new patients. Alternatively, you can register and book an initial check-up online or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.