More than a fifth of UK workers avoid dentist for ‘fear of pain’

Fear of pain among the key reasons why UK workers avoid the dentistA fear of pain and financial worries put off British workers from visiting the dentist, a survey has revealed. 

More than a fifth (24%) steer clear of the dentist over a fear of feeling discomfort. Furthermore, more than a quarter of women (27%) said they put off the recommended two check-ups per year out of fear, compared to 22% of men.

However, the survey — carried out by Unum Dental — reported cost concerns as a prime reason why employees avoid visiting the dentist regularly (36%). 

Dental insurance

Overall, 30% of the 2000 workers surveyed said they would pay for dental insurance if their employer offered a scheme. Additionally, 80% said they would be more likely to visit the dentist twice a year if they had dental insurance.

‘It’s a well-known fact that going to the dentist can be a nerve-wracking experience,’ said Andrew Bower, managing director at Unum Dental.

‘It was surprising to see that cost is the most common reason people avoid the dentist.

‘If you have even a minor fear be sure to let your dentist know. They will then be able to adjust their approach to put you at ease. The cost of going to the dentist needn’t be off-putting either. Dental cover is the most popular voluntary health benefit offered. Through offering dental insurance employers can help to make going to the dentist a positive experience for their employees.’