The dangers of skipping dental appointments

The dangers of skipping dental appointments

The dangers of skipping the dentist due to financial pressures

Many people are skipping dental appointments due to current financial pressures, but this can lead to serious oral health problems, carrying an increased risk for additional costs in the future. At Cedar Dental Care we're seeing an increasing number of patients delaying their routine dental check-up and ignoring treatment requirements until they are in pain. This is concerning as regular appointments are essential to maintaining the best oral health and avoiding any problems progressing into more complex issues.

The risks of missing dental check-ups

Missing dental appointments can have serious consequences on your oral health. Without regular visits to your local dentist and hygienist, plaque and tartar and build up in those hard to reach areas, leading to decay and gum disease. In addition, many oral health problems are asymptomatic, meaning they don't cause dental pain or discomfort until they reach an advanced stage.

Delaying treatment can also lead to more expensive and invasive procedures down the line. For example a small cavity that could be easily filled will eventually require a root canal treatment or even extraction, if left untreated.

At each dental examination, your dentist will also check for signs of mouth cancer in the cheeks, palate, tongue, gums and lips. According to the latest NHS figures, around 8,300 people are diagnosed with mouth cancer in the UK each year. That's about 1 in every 50 cancers diagnosed. If mouth cancer is diagnosed early, a complete cure is often possible in up to 9 in 10 cases using surgery alone, so regular check-ups with your dentist is key.

Tips for affordable dental care

Whilst the cost of dental care can be a barrier for many people at this time, there are some options to help spread the cost of your care, making it more affordable:

  • Dental plans - signing up to a dental plan will help spread the cost of your annual routine dental care and hygienist appointments across 12 months. Many plans also offer discount on any clinically required work for plan members. Ask your local Thatcham, Berkshire  dentist about the plans they offer.
  • Employee dental insurance/plans - review your employee benefits to make sure that your not missing out on any reduced rate plans that you may be eligible for through your employer.
  • Commit to a good home oral care regime - Ensure thorough cleaning with an electric toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste for 2 minutes, twice a day, followed by mouth wash and flossing/interdental brushing, to keep any problems at bay. 
  • Take advantage of preventative care - regularly check-ups and cleaning are essential for preventing costly dental problems down the line.

Finding a local dentist in Thatcham, Berkshire 

If you are looking for a dentist in Thatcham, Berkshire, there are many resources to help you find the right one. Ask friends and family for trusted recommendations, check out patient reviews on platforms such as Google, Facebook, Trust Pilot or Yell, or search online to find a dentist that best meets your needs. 

In conclusion, skipping the dentist due to financial pressures can lead to serious oral health problems. Its important to take steps to make dental care more affordable. By finding a local dentist that you can trust and taking advantage of preventative care you can maintain good oral health and avoid costly procedures down the line.

At Cedar Dental Care we have carefully built our dental practice in Thatcham, Berkshire up over many years through personal recommendation of friends and family, or on referral from their own dental practitioner; we are most grateful for this vote of confidence given to us. Check out our Google reviews below to hear more about what our patients think or us.

We commit to open and honest pricing for our patients. To view our latest fees, visit our fees page on the website.

Patient Reviews

People are talking about us

The biggest complement we receive is when our patients refer their friends and family to Cedar Dental Care. In fact, we have built much of our practice on these valued, trusted recommendations over the years. Read our reviews to hear why our patients are recommending us…

Patient reviews

25 Reviews


Ray MacDonald

A first-class practice.


Peter Starr

Highly competent and professional dental staff and treatment.


Dean Murphy

Been a nervous and reluctant patient for over 25 years. The new dentist Patrick Bannister is excellent. Recent root canal treatment and a couple of fillings done with good explanations throughout, understanding and skill.


Ian Best

Excellent Dental service 2nd to none customer service


Kana Sasitharan

Excellent care and service, me are my family are with Cedar Dental for over 14 years.


dean farrow

Amazing, awesome, exceptional, caring, understanding and just an incredible dental practice, i had a fear of dentists had not seen one in many years, literally first time back in the chair and thought here we go - far from it kindness and consideration Roy was just incredible a legend in these parts i am told i now know why and Sonia who works with him as incredible, the best team ever. Its not about saying thankyou, its saying when is the next appointment something i thought i would never say lol not to forget great people on reception too focused and totally professional, honestly i cant say enough about this practice, tell you for why i had total teeth extraction at the start all of em, this practice will put all that is wrong to right just over the moon with the experience. Thank you all.


John Baston

Always very kind, professional and quick to respond to my needs. I cannot recommend them enough.


Simon Ryder

Have been a patient of Cedar Dental Care for many years. I find the team very courteous and sympathetic me as an individual. Treatment has always been performed with to a high standard. Would not hesitate to recommend.


Jen Scott

Calm, caring and professional through and through.


Edward Jones

First-rate dental practice across the board. I wouldn't consider going anywhere else. Superb.


Martin Moran

Great dental practice. Dental team are caring and consideration



A fantastic, friendly, efficient dental service. Highly recommended.



We see Abi Dundas. This dentist is knowledgeable, friendly and professional and we have complete confidence in her to look after our oral health.


catherine brookes

Had a prompt call to go and have my teeth checked. Very thorough checking and cleaning. Then had an x-ray of all my teeth. Mouth rinsing. Then booked a further appointment.


Philip Newman

Excellent level of care provided by the whole team - efficient, professional, caring and thorough treatment from the clinical side, and a welcoming, prompt and helpful interaction with the reception team - highly recommended


Jyotveer Gill

I had an exceptional experience on my first visit. The facilities were accessible and all staff were wonderful. Dr Obhrai was wonderful. He was very thoughtful and gentle when resolving several issues with my teeth. I was impressed how he kept me informed throughout the procedure, explaining complex treatments in an easy to understand way. His assistant wictoria was also great. 5 stars and hope not to be back (considering great treatment and advice) but if I am, I know I am in good hands! Highly recommended!!


Chandni Simi Dave

My husband has been a patient to this dental practice and been very happy. Today we took our daughter for the first time and we couldn’t be happier. Our very nervous 5 year old really enjoyed her first proper check up and was made to feel at ease by Abbey (the dentist) and the wonderful dental nurse. They are both so so kind and really good at their work too. The staff at reception are also very nice and helpful too. Highly recommend this practice, it’s clean, great staff and thorough check up.


Arthur Dibble

Good covid protection. Professional service.


James Cox

"I am very pleased with the service Ceder Dental Care have provided for me over the last year, especially Rebecca Law who has been extremely helpful in guiding me through my Invisalign journey. From start to finish she was very professional, knowledgeable and helpful in advising me the correct treatment for my teeth, and the end result looked brilliant. I couldn't recommend her and Ceder Dental Care more.


Sonia Lewington

Only dentist to use very competent but not cheap or NHS


dave pritchard

Excellent service as always. Covid arrangements were very well thought out and applied. I felt safe at all times. Friendly and polite - always are!! Thanks. 10/10


Terry Davis

Great caring staff, and dentist. A very happy practice, it's all about preventative dentistry, & they do operate their own dental insurance. We have been patient here for over 30 years


lucie thompson

Friendly staff, and amazing with nervous patience, brilliant service


jenny davies

I have been going to cedar dentist for 20 years. I am a very nervous patient and sadley had to have a filling today. It was the first meeting with my new dentist today. I was put at ease and felt unrushed. Thankyou for your patience ,both dentist and dental nurse were brilliant. Worth the 2 hour drive. Excellent service as always.


Richard Levy

Friendly surgery. Good dentists who don't do unnecessary work. Evening appointments available. Private prices are generally reasonable and quotes are always given first.

Prev Previous
Next Next