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Thousands British Adults Not Paying NHS For Dental Services

Many specialists admit that current situation in dental care in many countries of the world is terrible. That is why the governments of the countries like the US, the UK, France, the Netherlands, Australia and other leading world’s economic systems focus on offering free dental services to those who need but can’t afford dental care. On this background, it was found out that currently a great deal of adults in the UK do not pay for their National Health Service (NHS) dental treatment. According to the latest study, a greater portion of adult Brits do not pay for their dental care, a National Health Service Information Centre reports.

As the report says, more than a half of complex dental treatments (namely 1.2 from 2.2 million) including dental bridges, dentures and many more, provided by NHS specialists in the last year were for non-paying adult patients. At that, simpler, more common and more straightforward types of dental treatment like dental fillings or even regular dental check-ups are usually paid: according to the report less than a quarter of such treatments (less than 1 million of 3.9 million) is carried out to non-paying adults.

Dental TreatmentThe report published recently in British mass media, summarizes the information on many aspects related to the activities of the NHS in the UK. In particular, it is reported that the number of dental treatment involving a fluoride varnish substantially increased in comparison with the number of these treatments for the last two years. Especially increased the number of child’s treatments involving a fluoride varnish: it was found out that the increase totals 55 per cent, and the last year the increase was only slightly above 20 per cent. It turns out that within the last year, about 850,000 received the related types of dental treatment.

It is also reported that despite of a certain increase of NHS dentistry charges, these services still remain cheaper than dental services in private hospitals and clinics. At the same time, more and more Brits receive government benefits including free NHS dental care. According to the findings of the study, lately the number of NHS dental services, the number of dental specialists (especially female dentists) working in NHS clinics and the number of patients requiring dental help has been firmly increasing. This gives hope that shortly the quality of dental services on NHS clinics will increase.

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Dental Specialists Express Concern By The Fall In Dental Treatment

Recently, dental experts at the Irish Dental Association published the results of their latest research showing that nowadays there is a substantial decline in dental treatment, mainly due to extremely high prices for all dental procedures, even such easy ones as dental fillings or dental cleanings. In particular, millions of today’s people end up with progressing gum disease, tooth decay and lost teeth. Irish dentists say that financial concerns make people leave their dental problems unsolved, that is why public dental health is going worse year by year. The specialists express their worries and call for increasing social awareness about this threatening tendency.

dental treatmentAfter analyzing the figures and looking at the latest changes in insurance policies and privileges for medical card holders, specialists were amazed to find out that for the first two months of the year 2011, the number of dental treatment procedures in the country fell down by 40% compared with the same period of the year 2010.

The IDA specialists interviewed a number of successful Irish dental specialists who also reported about obvious decline in the number of the clients and the dental procedures done. According to them, the number of complex dental procedures like root canal therapy or dentures, has fallen down dramatically (by about 60%). This information makes the situation even more alarming, but the main problems is: it seems like most of the people are simply not aware about their entitlements under various national dental treatment programs. Thinking that they will be forced to pay huge money for dental care, people tend to avoid visiting dental clinics, even for the routine checkups.

According to Dr. Andrew Bolas, the vice president of the IDA, underlines the importance of finding an effective solution, launch more of effective governmental programs which would make dental care more affordable and available for all people, and increase the people’s awareness about such programs. “Our fear is that hundreds of thousands of people are no longer receiving appropriate dental care. This has very serious implications for the dental heath of the nation and indeed will lead to significant expenditure in the future as patients will require more extensive and expensive treatment,” he says. The findings of the research were recently presented at the annual conference of the Irish Dental Association in Cavan.

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20 Most Popular Myths about Dentistry

Dental Myths It seems like everything is known about the rules and recommendations on how to take care about our teeth effectively. However, day after day new versions of good old principles of dental care appear here and there. As a result, many people still remain confused about the basics of brushing, flossing, whitening and other dental care procedures. Check out the most popular dental myths and related comments of dental specialists.

MYTH: Brushing my teeth several times a day harms the enamel.
TRUTH
: This is partially true. Usually, it is enough to brush your teeth two times a day, but if you have an opportunity to brush your teeth more frequently (for example, after every meal), use a soft or extra soft toothbrush.

MYTH: Expensive toothpastes are always better than cheap ones.
TRUTH:
It is not always true, and some moderately expensive toothpastes can be very effective. Ask your dentist about the toothpastes that can be good for your particular dental situation.

Chewing Gum MythMYTH: Using a sugarless chewing gum with xylitol after meal can replace brushing and have the same effect.
TRUTH:
Not really, but if you can not brush your teeth after every meal, you can use a sugarless chewing gum to clean your teeth and refresh your breath. Do not chew it for more than 10 minutes.

MYTH: I must not brush my teeth if my gums bleed.
TRUTH:
Bleeding gums is a sign to see your dentist. However, if you can not do this as soon as possible, you can brush your teeth with a soft or extra soft toothbrush.

MYTH: Placing a tablet of aspirin beside my aching tooth can ease the pain.
TRUTH
: Aspirin does not work effectively for relieving toothache. Besides, it damages soft tissues in you mouth. Therefore, it is better to use natural analgesics, such as clover oil or tea tree oil.

MYTH: There is no need in seeing dentist if there is no visible problem with my teeth.
TRUTH:
You must see your dentist twice a year, no matter in what condition your teeth are at the moment. Sometimes, only a dentist can see possible problem, and it is always better to start treatment on the earliest stages.

Dental Myths 2MYTH: If tooth enamel is white, the tooth must be considered healthy.
TRUTH:
This is absolutely not true! A tooth can look healthy and white, but, at the same time, it can have cavities, problems with the root or other abnormalities that require treatment.

MYTH: After a decayed tooth is treated, there will be no more decaying there.
TRUTH:
There is no guarantee for this. After the treatment, every tooth must be properly cared about: regularly brushed, flossed and so on.

MYTH: It is better to treat a decaying tooth rather then opt for removing it.
TRUTH:
Before making a decision whether to continue treatment or remove an aching tooth you have to consult a qualified dental professional and, possibly, ask for the opinion of several specialists. Sometimes, even totally decayed tooth can be restored, and, at the same time, there are situations when even a healthy looking tooth must be extracted.

MYTH: It is better to remove wisdom teeth because they usually cause problems.
TRUTH:
Do not extract your wisdom teeth until you have started having real problems with them.

MYTH: Good dental health can be inherited.
TRUTH
: Such factor as inheritance plays minor role for good dental health of people. The main rules are to maintain proper oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly.

Chocolate MythMYTH: Eating a lot of chocolate brings to tooth decay.
TRUTH
: No, it does not, but if you do not brush your teeth or at least rinse your mouth every time after eating chocolate, you are at much higher risk to get tooth decay.

MYTH: Eating too hot or too cold meals can harm my teeth.
TRUTH
: Only regular eating too hot or too cold meals can be harmful for your teeth and dental nerves.

MYTH: Using toothpicks after meals can widen the gaps between my teeth.
TRUTH
: Using usual toothpicks can not have such effects, but you must be very careful when using toothpicks because they can damage the gums and other soft tissues in your mouth.

MYTH: Teeth whitening is harmful as it can damage the enamel.
TRUTH
: Modern methods of teeth whitening, including laser teeth whitening or Air Flow technique, have minimal harmful effects. Nevertheless, one must remember that teeth whitening can not be recommended for many people, especially for those who has sensitive teeth, problematic enamel, underdeveloped tooth tissues, as well as for pregnant and nursing women.

MYTH: After any bleaching procedure teeth do not remain shining white for long time.
TRUTH
: In average, the effect can last for about a year or so, but after every following bleaching procedure the duration of the effects usually decreases.

MYTH: It is not harmful to whiten your teeth with usual sodium bicarbonate.
TRUTH
: It is, actually, very harmful, because sodium bicarbonate we use for baking has very strong abrasive effects. If you want to whiten your teeth in an easy way, use special whitening toothpastes with bicarbonate. Such toothpastes contain much smaller particles of bicarbonate and they do not damage teeth that much.

Dental Myths 3MYTH: There is no need in taking care about the teeth of my baby because in some years they are going to fall out.
TRUTH
: This is absolutely wrong from a variety of perspectives. First of all, if you do not take care about premature teeth, they may fall out before the time and cause problems with bite or improper development of your child’s permanent teeth. Besides, it is necessary to start educating your children to maintain good dental and oral hygiene since early childhood.

MYTH: It is necessary to avoid dental procedures during pregnancy.
TRUTH
: Regular dental treatment must not be avoided by pregnant women, but there is a number of procedures, such as X-rays or surgical dental procedures, which must be postponed for pregnant women.

MYTH: Any type of dental treatment is very painful.
TRUTH
: Not anymore. Advanced dental technologies allow making dental treatment not painful by using anesthetic agents.

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