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Dental Phobias causing millions of children to miss Appointments

According to the Dental Law Partnership, “millions of children are missing out on free NHS dental care due to dental anxiety” and believes “dental phobia could be the main reason behind the low attendance” of dental appointments.

In line with 2018 NHS data which shows 58.2% of children (6.9 million) in England visited their dentist in the past year, attendance rates are at an all-time low for children across the country. Speaking to, Chris Dean, manager director of Dental Law Partnership, says: “The potential number of people, especially children, not getting regular check-ups, at the very least, is something we find very worrying.

“This is the way dental issues are picked up before they become much worse. We understand many people worry when it comes to visiting their dentist and parents can even pass their own anxieties on to their children. However, we want to encourage people of all ages to make oral health a priority.”

Decreasing Dental Attendance Rates

The dental attendance rates varied across the country between October 2017 and September 2018, with different regions performing worse than others. Greater Manchester had the highest attendance rate for those aged between 0-17 years-old at 64.3%. Sitting at the other end of the table was London, where only 49.9% of its young population visited an NHS dentist in the same timeframe.

Family-Run Private Dentist in Bath for a relaxed Dental Visit

Here at Widcombe Dental Practice in Bath, we know that some people are more hesitant than others to book their routine dental check-ups. We want to give every one of our patients the best dental care possible, and that includes children with anxieties about the dentist. Dr Paul Vivian and his team know exactly how to make your dental appointment as relaxed and manageable as possible. Why not meet the team and get to know us before your booking?



We have a number of younger people visiting us for their annual oral check-ups and our general Bath dentist treatments, and each and every one of them come out smiling. We don’t want our local community to miss out on expert and affordable dental appointments in Bath, so make sure you book yours today! Call us on 01225 317 681 or make an enquiry through our contact page.

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