More than a third of Brits (35%) are putting off going to the dentist according to new research from Confused.com.
Britain is becoming a nation of people who ignore their problems – not just relating to their health – according to the research, Brits are also ignoring money issues (58%), family issues (46%), work problems (33%) and relationship problems (29%).
‘Britain seems to be a nation of ostriches with many people choosing to bury their head in the sand rather than dealing with issues head on and National Smile Month has definitely highlighted this,’ Christopher Williams, private medical insurance expert, said.
‘It is concerning to see such a high percentage avoiding getting dental treatment, which can cause long term problems.’
‘It is worrying Brits are avoiding dealing with important issues and it appears to be a habit of the nation but there should be cover in place for dental problems that may arise.’
Burying their heads
The findings from the research also show that when it comes to their health, many Brits admit choosing to bury their heads and ignore potential problems (51%).
Nearly a third (31%) of Brits admit they have made a situation worse by not dealing with a problem when they should have.
The research also shows that going to the dentist seems to be more of an issue for younger adults.
Of those who say they put off going to the dentist, over two-fifths (42%) are aged 18-24 and a further 42% are aged 25-34 – a significant difference to those aged 55 and over with just 30% putting off a dentist appointment.