The dangers of skipping dental appointments
Posted on March 03
The dangers of skipping the dentist due to financial pressures
Many people are skipping dental appointments due to current financial pressures, but this can lead to serious oral health problems, carrying an increased risk for additional costs in the future. At Sturminster Dental Care we're seeing an increasing number of patients delaying their routine dental check-up and ignoring treatment requirements until they are in pain. This is concerning as regular appointments are essential to maintaining the best oral health and avoiding any problems progressing into more complex issues.
The risks of missing dental check-ups
Missing dental appointments can have serious consequences on your oral health. Without regular visits to your local dentist and hygienist, plaque and tartar and build up in those hard to reach areas, leading to decay and gum disease. In addition, many oral health problems are asymptomatic, meaning they don't cause dental pain or discomfort until they reach an advanced stage.
Delaying treatment can also lead to more expensive and invasive procedures down the line. For example a small cavity that could be easily filled will eventually require a root canal treatment or even extraction, if left untreated.
At each dental examination, your dentist will also check for signs of mouth cancer in the cheeks, palate, tongue, gums and lips. According to the latest NHS figures, around 8,300 people are diagnosed with mouth cancer in the UK each year. That's about 1 in every 50 cancers diagnosed. If mouth cancer is diagnosed early, a complete cure is often possible in up to 9 in 10 cases using surgery alone, so regular check-ups with your dentist is key.
Tips for affordable dental care
Whilst the cost of dental care can be a barrier for many people at this time, there are some options to help spread the cost of your care, making it more affordable:
- Dental plans - signing up to a dental plan will help spread the cost of your annual routine dental care and hygienist appointments across 12 months. Many plans also offer discount on any clinically required work for plan members. Ask your local Sturminster Newton dentist about the plans they offer.
- Employee dental insurance/plans - review your employee benefits to make sure that your not missing out on any reduced rate plans that you may be eligible for through your employer.
- Commit to a good home oral care regime - Ensure thorough cleaning with an electric toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste for 2 minutes, twice a day, followed by mouth wash and flossing/interdental brushing, to keep any problems at bay.
- Take advantage of preventative care - regularly check-ups and cleaning are essential for preventing costly dental problems down the line.
Finding a local dentist in Sturminster Newton
If you are looking for a dentist in Sturminster Newton, there are many resources to help you find the right one. Ask friends and family for trusted recommendations, check out patient reviews on platforms such as Google, Facebook, Trust Pilot or Yell, or search online to find a dentist that best meets your needs.
In conclusion, skipping the dentist due to financial pressures can lead to serious oral health problems. Its important to take steps to make dental care more affordable. By finding a local dentist that you can trust and taking advantage of preventative care you can maintain good oral health and avoid costly procedures down the line.
At Sturminster Dental Care we have carefully built our dental practice in Sturminster Newton up over many years through personal recommendation of friends and family, or on referral from their own dental practitioner; we are most grateful for this vote of confidence given to us. Check out our Google reviews below to hear more about what our patients think or us.
We commit to open and honest pricing for our patients. To view our latest fees, visit our fees page on the website.
People are talking about us
The biggest complement we receive is when our patients refer their friends and family to Sturminster Dental Care. In fact, we have built much of our practice on these valued, trusted recommendations over the years. Read our reviews to hear why our patients are recommending us…
My wife and I made our first visit as new patients. First impressions were very favourable on both the dental and admin side
Absolutely amazing dentist. Every single member of staff is wonderful, sweet and kind. Highly recommend. 10/10!
I have been going to Sturminster Dental Care for years , it’s amazing. Always get a warm welcome and Ian & Helen are Brilliant looking after my teeth . Wouldn’t go anywhere else and recommend them highly
Absolutely first class dental care from an extremely courteous and professional team. A trip to the dentist isn’t exactly everyone’s ideal place to visit, but all the staff here will make you feel totally at ease, and for me, have completely taken the fear factor away from the occasion. I’ve visited a few dental surgeries over the years, and this is the best by quite some distance. Top class service from a top class team. Thank you!
I have not relaxed in a dental chair for years . I was always apprehensive and anxious. Brian has a great bed side manner and for the first time in years I relaxed . It was almost pleasant ! Thank you for ‘putting me back together again’ Tim
I don't usually do reviews but in this instance I have only but compliments for this Dental Practice. From the Receptionist to the actual Dental Teams everybody is so pleasent and reassuring. I appreciate attending a Dentist can be stressful for some but this Practice makes the visit as comfortable as possible.
I visited Olga today and was so impressed with her and all of the team. I would highly recommend this dentist practice. It's all about what is best for you. Very friendly, understanding and I feel confident they really care about their patients.
Always on time with appointments, friendly and welcoming staff. A pleasure to be one of your clients ✨️.
Great dentist sorted out my problem straight away would recommend to anyone
Very patient and very trustworthy. Always friendly and calming for both scared adults and children.
Very friendly and efficient staff, an excellent dental practice.
My tooth broke yesterday due to a cancellation I was able to be treated today friendly professional quick service couldn’t have asked for more
The staff and dentists are brilliant and so caring
Sturminster Dental Care offer a high standard of dentistry and you feel that you're in safe hands. This is backed up by a professional and very friendly team who provide a warm welcome at each point of contact. The facilities are well designed and comfortable and there is free parking outside.
Friendly and professional
Excellent practice, would recommend to all, as a nervous patient, they put me at ease, and I do not dread going to have treatment.
Great practice. You feel valued as an individual patient. Very professional, friendly and punctual.
Excellent, professional and friendly Dental Practice. Thank you.
Efficient, calm and polite service which makes going to the dentist not such an ordeal! All lovely and helpful staff.
Very professional team and staff.
Absolutely superb practice in every way! Thoroughly recommend
Ian and staff are brilliant ..Recommend it for all.
Excellent visit as always, Ian is always so pleasant and reassuring.
Excellent dentists. Clean, friendly and Covid safe
Very good care from Olga
I don't think I have ever had such a comfortable and friendly dental experience. Ian took the time to explain all my options and treatments and made me feel fairly optimistic about the outcome. The reception staff were very welcoming and helpful
It was great to be fitted in so quickly, as I had indicated that I was in pain, and the receptionist worked hard to find a slot for me. Overall, an efficient service, with friendly, accommodating staff. The dentist worked quickly to identify the problem and begin treatment.
Always time to talk 'teeth' and never feeling rushed
Excellent service - friendly team