Bupa dental care reveals northern Ireland’s best and worse dental habits
New research has found that over 90,000 people in Northern Ireland haven’t been for a check-up at the dentist in more than 10 years.
Bupa Dental Care has released a comprehensive new study that looks at dental habits of residents in the region – with some surprising results revealed.
While 70 per cent of people in Northern Ireland brush their teeth twice a day, half have never flossed in their life, and 45 per cent revealed they have never been to a hygienist appointment.
Eighty-five per cent of respondents admitted having had fillings done during their lifetime, equating to over 1.5 million people, while three in four have had a tooth extracted.
Kevin Terry, dentist at Bupa Dental Care Lisburn, said: “These figures reveal a shocking truth. People in Northern Ireland are missing appointments and even skipping brushing – but good dental care doesn’t have to be a chore.”
The research also found that people in Northern Ireland are reluctant to visit the dentist mainly due to a previous bad experience (30 per cent), fear of the dentist (25 per cent) and lack of time (25 per cent).
Kevin continued: “As dentists, we need to educate people in how easy it is to maintain a good oral health regime. Appointments can be booked weeks, even months in advance, allowing them to manage their schedule and plan ahead.
“In addition, our dentists are trained to help nervous patients overcome their fear and will do their best to make everyone feel comfortable in the practice, from the moment they walk in until they leave. Again it’s vital that we’re communicating this and highlighting the different techniques we can offer, to ensure we’re reaching people who are otherwise deterred from visiting.”
“It’s really important that we help people support their oral health, which is why we’re looking to expand our presence in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.”
Bupa has 21 Bupa Dental practices in Northern Ireland, and 24 practices in the Republic of Ireland under the Smiles Dental brand. It is currently looking to acquire quality dental practices throughout Ireland.
Those considering selling, either now or in the future, can visit www.bupa.co.uk/sellingyourdentalpractice