Today's Dental News

Australians Don’t Visit Dentists as Often as They Should

Close to half of all Australians don’t visit the dentist regularly.

This new report indicates that around 40 percent of the people in Australia don’t visit their dentists for dental checkups on a routine basis. For 30 percent of the people, however, they cannot afford to visit the dentist or have trouble getting access to a dentist. This study was done by John Spencer, a professor of social and preventive dentistry at the Unversity of Adelaide.

For about 30 percent of the population, he or she only deems it necessary to visit the dentist when he or she is in pain. The problem is that, at this point, the person might have gum disease or tooth decay. If the person was proactive and visited the dentist regularly, these problems wouldn’t have occurred.

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Dental Visits Are Biggest Fear for Some People

There are some people in the United Kingdom that would rather encounter a snake or spider than visit then dentist.

A recent study discovered these results. More than half of adults, particularly women, had anywhere from moderate to extreme dental anxiety.

The study was created after people were given a list of things that make people nervous. The list included flying, heights, doctors, injections, snakes, spiders, going to the hospital and visiting the dentist. More than one out of five people said visiting the dentist was the thing that made them most nervous.

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Dental Take on Snoring and Sleep Disorders

There’s a new approach for treating sleep disorders.

Dentists are beginning to develop new methods that can combat the problems, which are often indicated by snoring.

In Spain, for example, more than seven million people are at risk for sleep apnea. The disorder, which results from one’s air intake being disrupted during sleep, can lead to other issues like being seven to eight times more likely to cause a traffic accident.

Only about 5 percent of the two million people in Spain with sleep apnea are diagnosed definitively. Research shows that 60 percent of men over age 50 and 40 percent of women in that age group show some signs of snoring. As a result, the University of Barcelona opened a Snoring and Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and Treatment Unit.

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First Documented Toothache Discovered

An unlucky reptile about 275 million years felt the same, debilitating pain we feel today.

This particular reptile suffered the first confirmed case of a toothache. The jaw fossil for the Labidosaurus hamatus, which lived in what would be Oklahoma today, showed missing teeth had eroded the bone.

The research team at the University or Toronto Mississauga did a CT-scan and saw a major tooth infection that resulted in the loss of multiple teeth and an abscess.

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Oral Health Needs Improvement in Jamaica

Jamaica can be added to the list of countries that struggles with oral health.

The standards of oral health in Jamaica are a major concern for health officials. Many people cannot afford to visit the dentist regularly, so they simply delay the visit. Research shows that only about 15 percent of the people can get some kind of healthcare and about 6 percent receive some kind of dental treatment.

The result is much higher costs because instead of a routine checkup, more complicated procedures become necessary. If the person could have spent the money on the checkup, then he or she would have ended up saving money.

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