CSO figures show 57pc reduction in dental care spending over past five years
There has been a 57pc fall in household spending on dental care over the past five years.
New figures from the Central Statistic Office (CSO) have revealed that households are now spending the least amount on dental care in 10 years.
The total annual spend on dentist visits per household for 2015 sits at €84.53, a stark difference from €197 in 2010.
The findings were discussed at a meeting of the IDA GP committee over the weekend, with Chief Executive of the IDA Fintan Hourihan saying it was "impossible" for a family to maintain good dental health at this level of expenditure.
"We are seriously concerned about the impact of cuts in household spending on citizen’s dental health. While this may be caused by the economic collapse and cuts of €500m in state supports for dental treatments, these figures indicate Irish people are not prioritising their dental care and that needs to change.
"This is not an optional expense. Prevention is cheaper than cure and if we don’t address the issue now we are simply storing up problems for the future.”