Recent statistics indicate that we British aren’t taking the health of our teeth seriously and are allowing other physical health matters to take priority. In some parts of the country, dental health has improved very little over the last 20 years. Even worse is that children are affected disproportionately when it comes to being compared with adults and even need to be admitted to hospital because of the effects of tooth decay.
Almost 50% of adults and 60% of children have never seen the inside of a dentist’s surgery, despite the push from the NHS for everyone to attend the dentist regularly. However, education about dental health tends to be neglected due to other more pressing health issues.
Prevention rather than cure is a priority
The NHS has been focusing on people using preventative measures to keep teeth healthy, but with low turnout to dental appointments people don’t know what action to take in order to prevent a dental problem. Dentists not only focus on oral health these days, but they also have knowledge to pass on related to the effects of good oral health on good overall health. This is something else that those who don’t attend dental appointments are missing out on.
Cutting edge dental technology solves dental problems
Brushing and flossing have long been held as a way of maintaining a high standard of dental health, but there are many other advances in technology which are helping to reduce the stress at a dental appointment. The use of digital technology is increasingly leading to treatment times being limited to one appointment only such as for the fitting of veneers, crowns and bridges. Dental equipment used by today’s dentist is typically much less intrusive and far more accurate, leading to improved outcomes as well as relieving a patient’s stress.
A link may have been drawn between periodontal disease and heart disease
Several recent studies have revealed that periodontal disease could heighten the risk of heart disease. Scientists have found that that the inflammation due to periodontal disease could be responsible for this association. It can also seemingly aggravate a heart condition. Patients who are at risk of infective endocarditis may be asked to take antibiotics before a dental procedure. A periodontist, along with a cardiologist, should be able to calculate if the condition of a patient’s heart requires the taking of antibiotics before dental treatment takes place.
A dentist as a health care adviser
As dentists become more fully involved in assessing the overall health of a patient before undertaking treatment, they can also help the patient by suggesting health choices that could improve the individual’s dental health as well as the status of their health in general.
If you haven’t been taking the health of your teeth seriously up to now it’s not too late to start. Appointments are far shorter, usually pain free and solve dental problems while offering general health advice that you shouldn’t turn your back on any longer. You can bring back that smile to your face with little interference to your daily routine.