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Our dental accountants have been watching the turbulence in the nation’s economy for some time, but new figures from health plans provider Simplyhealth help to quantify the effects of the recession on Britons’ use of dentists.

The organisation surveyed nearly 12,000 Brits and found that one in ten are afraid to go to the dentist, not because of worries about drilling and filling, but because they just don’t know how much it might cost.

On top of those who don’t know how much dentists cost because they have not been to one in such a long time, a further 21% of those surveyed said that they know they can’t afford dental treatment.

Simplyhealth spokesman James Glover says: “During difficult financial times when every expenditure is scrutinised, perceived value for money for individuals is essential.”

He adds that 44% of the survey’s respondents admitted to putting dental work on their credit card, and 22% had received bills in excess of £300 for the work they had done.

Our dental accountants will be keeping a close watch on how the economy develops, and any impact the changing financial climate has on our dentist clients’ incomes.