Survey Finds A Quarter of People Attend The Dentist Less Often Than In 2010

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8th January 2014 13:55 - Health

The survey of 750 adults carried out by Behaviour and Attitudes on behalf of the Irish Dental Association (IDA) shows that whilst four out of five people believe their teeth and gums to be healthy, almost a quarter (23%) are visiting the dentist less often than in 2010.

Additionally the survey found that almost half (46%) of Irish people are spending less on dental health, while two-fifths (41%) “rarely if ever” think of visiting the dentist.

Among respondents, almost all (94%) said they thought dental health was important, yet three-fifths said they would only attend a dentist when they really need to or in an emergency.

IDA chief executive Fintan Hourihan said the survey showed the impact of the recession on dental health and exposed “a disconnect between what people think and how they act”.

“It’s clear this is having a hugely negative impact on the dental health of the population. While over 80 per cent believe their gums are healthy, according to the most recent national oral health survey, 80 per cent of Irish people have some form of gum disease.”

“The Department of Health needs to reach out to the people who are not attending and encourage them to do so. The cost of preventative treatment will be much less than the cost of the current neglect.”

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