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Brits too scared to return to dentists

8th July 2020
Posted by Aston Avery

Since lockdown began 41% of Brits have faced issues with their teeth, but with only 45% knowing who to contact there are concerns about the state of the nation’s teeth as we emerge from lockdown.

However, with dentists now starting to reopen, new research by Portman Dental Care has shown a third of Brits are still reluctant to see a dentist. With a shocking half of the nation fearing they might catch coronavirus from other patients in the practice.

Dental practices are one of the most sterile environments in the country, with temperature screening to cleansing mouthwashes in place, patients will notice significant differences to their usual dentist experience since COVID-19, all designed to minimise the risk of spreading the virus and keeping patients healthy and safe.

With half of the UK already scared of visiting the dentists, there are fears that coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated this issue for dentophobics, deterring them from coming back to the practice at all. 

Aston spoke to Catherine Tannahill, Director of Clinical Dentistry at Portman Dental Care to discuss what the future of dentistry will look like.

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