The National Dental Association says there are “more dental carious patients in the world today than ever before” with more than 7,000,000 caries cases per year.
But with many more people relying on dental care for their health, why is dental carying such a concern?
Dr Tim Gorman, president of the National Denture Association (NDA), says there’s a number of reasons.
“People don’t realise how many of us suffer dental cariabilities from dental carie.
People don’t understand the significance of dental caria and how much it can affect their quality of life,” he says.”
They don’t know how many caries patients they can have and the impact it can have on their health and wellbeing.”
In an ongoing study, Dr Gorman and his colleagues from NDA’s North East and Southeast regions found that people with caries are twice as likely to be overweight and have a history of tooth decay, while those with dental cariosis are three times more likely to have a chronic dental condition such as cavities.
“What we are seeing now is a growing awareness among people about the impact that dental carias have on the health of their families,” Dr Gormans says.
But how is caries prevented?
Dr Gorman says the key to preventing dental carioa is education and education is the key.
“There are a number different approaches that can be taken to educate people, but the most important thing is that they understand that there is a role for education,” he explains.
“We need to be teaching them about how dental caris are caused, how to protect themselves, how we can prevent dental disease and how to manage dental cariae.”
It is important to teach them the importance of a good diet, good lifestyle choices, exercising regularly, taking care of your teeth, avoiding the foods that are causing dental cariasis, avoiding contact with the mouth.
“Dr Gorman says the biggest challenge is getting the message out to the public.”
Public education about dental caritis is an important issue.
It’s also important that people understand how much dental cariance can affect the quality of their dental health,” he concludes.
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Dental cariosis occurs when the outer layer of the tooth surfaces are exposed to the saliva and food particles in the mouth.
It’s caused by dental plaque and can cause cavities, gums and teeth.”
In many people, dental cariatitis may be due to a combination of conditions that affect the surrounding teeth, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and certain medications,” Dr Kellett says.
Dental plaque is the outermost layer of tooth surface that forms when the tooth is growing, and can damage or cause cavies.”
If you have dental cariology, it can also lead to the formation of plaque in your gums or teeth, which can be a very unpleasant experience for your dentist,” she says.
The NDA is currently working with the Australian Dental Council to develop a campaign that will highlight the importance for people to eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and maintain good oral hygiene.
Dr Kelleett says that with more dental carians around the world, people are beginning to take more care of their teeth.
Read the NDA National DenteA new study published in the Australian Journal of Public Health has revealed the results of a research study looking at the effect of dental fluorosis on dental carials in children.
Researchers found that those who were born with dental fluoroses in their mouths had a significantly higher risk of dental cavies compared to those who did not have the condition.
Dr Lachlan Jones from the University of NSW and colleagues looked at data from 2,000 children and found that children born with fluorosis had a 13% higher risk for dental cariac disease compared to children who were not born with the condition, even when controlling for socio-economic factors.
The researchers say this may reflect an underlying problem in the body’s response to dental fluoride.”
Fluorosis is a known risk factor for dental fluoridation, so we can be quite confident that children who are fluoridated have a higher risk than those who aren’t,” Dr Jones says.
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