Today's Dental News

Studies Show Impact of Age and Income on Tooth Loss

More information is available on tooth loss thanks to some new studies.

The International and American Associations for Dental Research published two studies regarding oral health and the inequalities involving low-income people and older people. The studies were published in the Journal of Dental Research.

The first study by Eduardo Barnebe and Wagner Mercedes looks at the relationship between income and tooth loss for almost 400,000 American adults. Many factors were taken into account.

When the Gini coefficient, a tool used to determine income, dropped by about 5 percent, the odds of reporting tooth loss were about 20 percent higher.

In Stefan Listl’s study, the goal was to show income-related inequalities in dental services among elder Europeans. The data compiled for the study wasn’t surprising. In almost all countries, a person’s income was proportional to the dental care he or she received.

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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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