Fear and expense put Rotherham patients off dentist - survey

By Amy Westby | 23/11/2010 0 comments

Fear and expense put Rotherham patients off dentist - survey

HEALTH chiefs are urging people to visit a dentistafter the results of a recent survey.

According to the figures, almost 40 per cent of Rotherham folk do not attend a dentist regularly because they think that treatment is too expensive and 20 per cent were scared of the dentist.

But NHS chiefs are now alerting people to the fact that 70 per cent of Rotherham dental practices now accept NHS patients.

Ken Wragg, consultant in dental public health said: “We have invested considerably into NHS dentistry over the last few years and the investment is now paying off as more dental practices are accepting children, adults or both for NHS dental care.

“We know that more than one in five people in Rotherham have not been to the dentist within the last two years but visiting a dentist regularly helps to prevent the two main dental problems; gum disease and tooth decay.

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“The frequency at which people should attend the dentist depends on the individual but the dentist will advise on how often this is necessary.

“To maintain good dental health make sure you brush your teeth twice a day using fluoride toothpaste and reduce the amount of sugary food and drinks which if eaten, should be limited to mealtimes.”

If you would like to find a NHS dentist in your area please call 01709 423030 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday.


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