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What are the most common dental treatments?

What are the most common dental treatments?

Bad experiences at the dentist have increased significantly, rising by 7%, and have become the main reason for changing clinics (specifically, in 29% of cases). That is one of the conclusions that will be drawn from the Barometer of Oral Health in Spain 2024, presented by Dental Institutes on the occasion of the celebration of the World Oral Health Day, which took place last Wednesday.

Disagreement with prices (19%) and having moved address (18%) as the reason for looking for another dentist follows. On the other hand, the percentage of people who have changed clinics because the treatment was not friendly and close has decreased by 12% compared to last year.

However, changing clinics is not common, and the majority of respondents (74%) have not done so in the last two years, nor do they intend to do so. Besides, patient loyalty to their dentists has increased from an average of five years to seven.

So, regarding choosing a dental clinic Several factors come together, but friendly and close treatment is the most cited among respondents (43%), followed by location (35%) and recommendations from friends or parents (31%). Obtaining guarantees in treatments (22%), a wide range of schedules (21%), ease of booking an appointment (21%) and the fact that the clinic has specialists in different areas (20%) also stand out.

Besides, Google reviews are less influential than in other sectors and only 6% of patients choose a center based on them. In fact, in general, we go to the same dentist as our loved ones, whether it is a partner, family or friends, although almost three out of ten people (29%) go alone.

The problem of cavities

According to this same survey, 79% of people in Spain have had cavities at some point in their lives and, of them, more than half (52%) affirm that their children do too. Despite the high prevalence of caries, there is a good self-perception of oral health, which is rated on average with a notable (7.1), almost the same level as physical health (7.2) and slightly less than the mental (7,6).

The study confirms that Feelings such as fear and nerves are still present among some patients of dental services. Specifically, 41% say they feel them when they go to the dentist, although that does not prevent them from going regularly. On the other hand, 22% (almost one in four people) do reduce their appointments for this reason. The main reason for feeling them is the belief that the treatment will hurt (60%), followed by the economic cost (39%) and bad experiences (23%), whether their own (17%) or those around them (6%). . In some cases, fear even causes the person to decide to postpone a treatment that should be carried out. A third of those surveyed (35%) are doing it and, of them, 5% claim that it is for this reason. However, most do it for economic reasons. Other reasons are laziness (18%) or lack of appointments with the specialist (10%).

The same as last year, The most common frequency of visiting the dentist is twice a year (57%), followed by once a year (25%) and once every two or three months (9%). By age, people between 51 and 60 years old are the ones who most respond that they go more than four times a year (27%). Furthermore, they go for health (55%) and not for aesthetics (6%).

As to the most performed treatments There is also no interannual variation in the list: oral hygiene continues in first position (73%), ahead of oral check-ups (53%), fillings (24%), tooth extraction (19%) and implants (15%).

Another conclusion of the barometer is that Children start going to the dentist five years later than recommended by the Spanish Society of Pediatric Dentistry, which advises taking them before they reach their first birthday. However, the average in Spain is 5.8 years.

The importance of brushing

One of the fundamental habits is brushing teeth and the majority of the population is clear about it: 95%, the same figure as last year, do it daily. Of them, 39% do it three or two times a day. In contrast, almost two in ten people (17%) only brush their hair once a day. And the reasons they point out are varied: laziness (27%), being away from home (27%), forgetfulness (17%) or the belief that it is not necessary to do it more times (11%).

On the other hand, the use of plastic brushes continue to increase, going from 40% in 2022 to 45% this year and matching the electric ones (45%), whose trend in recent years is downward (-7% from 2022). Between them, they continue to occupy practically the entire market (90%). Furthermore, in general terms, the recommendation to change it frequently is met: the majority waits, at most, three months (74%). A minority (7%) use the same one throughout the year, and almost two in ten (19%) renew it after six months.