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Dental Care And Family Dental Health

Family Dental HealthFor all of us, regular dental check ups and regular visits to our dental care specialists are nothing else but just too boring routine, or sometimes too expensive necessity. Those are two main reasons why a great deal of today’s people delay or avoid visiting dental clinics, even in the cases when they are suffering from very serious toothache or gum problems. However, more and more often dental care experts are talking about very strong connections between dental diseases and many other serious health conditions, including the life threatening ones. Therefore, good personal and family dental health is a guarantee of good overall health of the family and even coming generations.

Moreover, according to the findings of recent studies, such usual factors as regular flossing and brushing, the absence of bacteria in the mouth, regular dental check ups, and real concern about our dental health can not only prevent scores of serious illnesses, but also lead to substantial improvement in most of the existing health conditions. Finally, the British Dental Association experts tell us that a proper oral hygiene and regular dental care can even save our lives at a certain point. Supported with such factors as leading a healthy lifestyle, getting rid of bad habits, following a healthy diet, and monitoring own general health condition regularly, proper dental care can boost our health and be a lifesaver!

In particular, it is said that a lack of dental care can initially lead in increased amounts of peridontal bacteria, causing built-up of plaque, gum bleeding and irritating the gums. Those are actually outsets of gum disease. As a result, a great deal of the bacteria go into our bloodstream and reach the main body organs and systems causing serious health conditions and diseases of the organs. In particular, research has shown that a lack of dental care is linked to much higher risks of cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and a stroke. According to cardiologists at the University of Athens, there are links between gum disease and elevated blood pressure. Experts at the American Academy of Periodontology say that oral bacteria can cause lung diseases and respiratory problems which are quite common in children and increase the importance of family dental health.

Besides, a study by a group of specialists by the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Kidney Disease resulted in finding the links between gum disease and diabetes mellitus. Actually, it is reported that people who have type 2 diabetes have about 3 times higher chances to suffer from gum disease as well, but there is still no proper prove of the fact that gum disease can be caused by diabetes itself. American scientists at the University of Alabama found out that gum disease is connected with increased concentrations of prostaglandin, a compound that induces labor and causes premature birth. Problems with gums and teeth are very often linked to bad bone heath and increase risks of osteoporosis. Finally, according to the most recent statistics, those who have gum disease have twice less chances to live longer than 64 years compared to the people with excellent own and family dental health.



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A Survey Has Shown Who Suffers From Dental Phobia Most

Dental PhobiaThe importance of a proper dental care, both on the daily basis and making regular dental check ups. Unfortunately, not all of us follow the mentioned routine thoroughly, especially retarding the necessity to visit a dental specialist once a 6 month period of time.

Some of do this out of laziness and not caring much about own dental health. Some of us are doing it because they simply do not have current dental problems and forget about the risks connected with skipping dental visits. Some of us may not be able visiting dental specialists due to too high expenses for dental services. However, quite a lot of us avoid visiting dental care specialist due to a very common reason – dental phobias.

This type of disorder is really quiet common, despite the fact that modern dental technologies are becoming less and less linked to pain. However, a great deal of people can not combat their anxiety and stresses linked to visiting their dental care professionals. This problem imposes a serious threat to dental health of our society around the world. Thus, a group of experts from Sydney University, led by Special Needs Dentist Dr Avanti Karve, wondered, who suffer from dental phobias the most. They carried out a research and were studying the problem for as much as five years.

It tuned out that the women in their late 30s and early 40s are suffering the most from dental phobias. The experts underline that sometimes this kind of phobias get so much severe, that in such women even mentioning the word ‘dentist’ in a conversation results in blood pressure rising and other common symptoms of stress. This group of women is reported to be the leading one among those who were skipping regular dental check ups due to increases anxiety and stress. Also, those people who suffered from oral or other sort of trauma, or lived any sort of abuse suffer from dental phobias very often.

‘Dental anxiety is real and complex and should never be underestimated,’ Dr Karve, a study leader, said. It was also found out that those people who suffer from sever dental phobias can cope with very strong dental pain for up to 17 days. Usually, most of us can not stand on dental pain and call our dentists in 3 days at most. If you are wondering about these interesting findings of Australian specialists, check out the report and the comments of dental experts in one of the latest issues of the Australian Dental Journal.


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Dental Care In Canada, Problems And Challenges

prescription medicationsNowadays, the most topical issues of dental care and general health care in Canada attract a lot of attention of local journalists, writers and bloggers. Canada is a country known for its very advanced health care system that does not include dental care services in overwhelming majority of health insurance plans. In addition, dental services in Canada are quite expensive, therefore, a lot of people just can not afford full treatments, this way putting their general health to an increasing danger. The Ontario Ministry of Health is currently trying to provide children aged 13 and younger with a range of free dental services (including emergency services), allowing children have healthy teeth and gums.

In addition, as the findings of a latest study suggest, a great deal of modern Canadians also can not afford their usual prescription medications. A group of scientists from the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto analyzed the data on 5,700 citizens of Canada, and it turned out that 9.6 per cent of the respondents said that could not afford buying their prescription medicines. A call to save money and too high prices for the medications were named as the main reasons for this phenomena. The report about this research was recently published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Many specialists were highly disappointed with the findings of this research. Dr. Michael Law, a scientist of the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research at the University of British Columbia, said: “We claim to have a universal system and we have that for hospitals and physicians. But in Canada, we can’t claim to have a universal health care system if one in 10 are reporting they can’t afford their prescription drugs.” He said that a great deal of drugstores and a known pharmacy in Canada are making efforts on lowering the prices for the most common and the most important groups of prescription medications, including special dental kits, dental flosses, and other dental care products.

In addition to that, the government initiated a program on providing free prescription medications for serious life-threatening conditions like heart attack and others. It was found out that this program helped to actually save costs because those patients who took free prescription medications were hospitalized less frequently. “The evidence shows that providing prescription drugs for free in many situations is not only the right thing to do, but it also makes economic sense,” Dr. Danielle Martin, a chief of Canadian Doctors for Medicare said.

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