Visit the Dentist this World Oral Health Day
World Oral Health Day aims to raise awareness of the positive changes we can all make to improve our oral health. The focus is on encouraging people to take steps to look after their smiles, such as regular dental visits and cleaning your teeth regularly. The day also campaigns for changes in policy to help better the support of oral health promotion and combating disease.
Habitual trips for a check-up can help prevent oral health diseases. Your dentist can diagnose and treat any issues you may have, and also give you support and advice on looking after your oral health at home. Even though these visits are something that we all know we should do, we still don’t necessarily go for those all important check-ups.
68% haven’t visited the dentist in past year
In a survey conducted by Centre for Dentistry, 68% of people hadn’t seen a dentist within the last year, despite only 6% of people being truly happy with their smile. When asked the reasons for not visiting the dentist, several of the 1673 participants said that they miss dental appointments due to fear of the dentist, being too busy or cost. 48 people (3%) 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. If it’s been 6 months, or 6 years since your last appointment, taking that first step to great long term oral health and booking your check-up is important. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, why not use World Oral Health Day as a starting point to make positive changes for your oral health?
Act on our top tips for making your dental visit more of a priority…
#NoMoreDentalFear – Dental Anxiety is quite common, CFD’s survey results identified 17% of respondents state Dental Fear as the top reason why they avoid the dentist and of those, 283 people expressed some level of anxiety or fear of the dentist. But can be overcome. Why not take things slowly by visiting your local practice for a chat with the team and a look around? You’ll start to get used to your surroundings and hopefully feel less anxious. Let your dental team know how you feel also, they’re used to helping patients feel at ease and are there to support you every step of the way. You can also download our free guide to Dental Fear, created in partnership with Anxiety UK.
I’m too busy for the Dentist – If you’re struggling to fit your visit in your hectic schedule, why not look into a dental practice with more flexible appointment times? Centre for Dentistry is open early mornings, late nights and weekends, so you don’t have to take time off work, or the kids out of school for your appointments. It’s also good to remember that taking the time for the dentist is helping you maintain great oral health and prevent any issues down the line.
Cost – If the thought of sky high dental bills is putting you off, why not look into payment options that your dentist provides? Things like an annual dental plan, or 0% finance options can make regular appointments or any treatment a little easier on the purse strings.
Your Next Steps to Take Action on #WOHD19
1. Look into what options there are to help you visit the dentist more regularly.
2. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
3. Visit your local practice for a cuppa and a chat with our friendly team – you’ll find us inside Sainsbury’s.
4. Book a check-up if you’ve not done so recently. Not registered? Centre for Dentistry’s 24 practices are currently welcoming new patients, you can either register and book by calling your local practice, online or fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch!