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How to know you need to visit a dentist


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How to know you need to visit a dentist

Our teeth are one of the most important – but most ignored – areas of our health. In the 24 months up to the end of 2021, just 35.5% of the UK population went to see a dentist, according to NHS figures. The figures for children are even worse – the Royal College of Surgeons reported last year that 70% of children didn’t see a dentist in 2020.



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While years-long NHS dentist waiting lists are almost certainly the main factor, part of this failure to visit the dentist may be due to the public not understanding when to do so. Prevention is crucial when it comes to your teeth so, to help you to nip issues in the bud early on, we’ve compiled the following list of things for which to look out.



The main symptom to watch out for when considering dental health is pain. This can be due to a whole host of factors, from tooth decay, bleeding, infection or more. Self-diagnosis is never a good plan when it comes to your teeth, so book anappointment.



Swelling can be due to a range of factors, including abscesses, infection or physical damage. These are all serious problems which are highly unlikely to resolve themselves on their own, so book an emergency appointment if you notice swelling.



As with the other common symptoms of dental issues, bleeding can have many different causes, including damage and poor hygiene. If you notice blood from your gums or teeth, get a check-up!


How to pay for your care

In the UK right now, it can be difficult to get an NHS dentist, but there are other ways to get care. For necessary dental care, if you’re concerned about the cost, payday loans can help totake away some stress and allow you to concentrate on your health. Just be 100% sure that you can afford the repayments going forward as these loans can be expensive and cost you more in the long run.

Check if your employer offers any private medical cover, such as a cash plan which lets you claim back the cost of your care. Consider saving £20-40 per month into a specific savings account, too – that way, if you do need to pay for care out of pocket, the cost that you need to cover out of your paycheque won’t be as steep.

What are your experiences with dental care in England? Would you wait for problems to go away rather than paying for care? Let us know in the comments below.

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