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Australians continue to struggle with dental costs

22 August 2011 - 5:32pm

The results of a new poll have shown that Australians cite financial difficulty as the reason they are less likely to visit the dentist.

The survey was conducted by Newspoll and published in The Weekend Australian (August 20), highlighting the expense of dental work for a range of income earners.

When asked what medical expense they had recently postponed due to reasons of affordability, 35 per cent responded with 'seeing a dentist'.

When broken down to income brackets, dental work remained the number one response amongst earners on less than $40,000 a year (39 per cent), all the way to those above $80,000 (34 per cent).

The cost of dental care has seen rises in recent years, with many people deciding to wait until they find themselves in a better financial position before opting to have work done.

However the results show similar attitudes across multiple income brackets, meaning more and more Australians are struggling to keep up with costs.

Claims for dental work account for the highest percentage of payouts from private health insurers, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Benefits for dental work can help ease the cost of minor check-ups as well as major restorative work, such as braces and tooth removal.