“I believe that most Americans have access to the best dental care in the world,” Summerhays said. “But too many face barriers, often multiple barriers, to receiving care. People need help with other things in order to receive care, things like transportation, child care, or getting permission to miss work in order to get care.”
Summerhays was elected president of the American Dental Association (ADA) at its annual conference this week in San Antonio, Texas.
Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said the upgraded facility, which is run in conjunction with James Cook University (JCU) and the Mackay Health and Hospital Service, had reduced waiting times for dental services in the Whitsunday area by 75 per cent.
“You don’t have to go to Townsville now to get that dental surgery done, or Mackay or Brisbane, or even Thailand as some people do these days. You can have it done right here in the Whitsundays within an appropriate timeframe,” he said. “The result for the people of Proserpine and the Whitsundays is they now have access to a modern dental facility which is of the same standard as that available at Mackay Base Hospital,” he said.
Mr Tsoulias said he hoped the new practice run by Dr Sanjiv Pathak and Dr Atul Manani would enable many parents and children to make the most of dental services for the first time.
“A surprising number of children and parents in this community are not aware of the dental rebate and the territory and federal government should be doing more to raise awareness of the option,” he said.
“This rebate is something that will benefit a lot of low-income families in Tuggeranong and particularly those in Richardson.”
The child dental benefits scheme is available to children between the ages of 2 and 17 whose families receive Family Tax Benefit A and provides $1000 worth of dental care every two years.
The Light Square clinic was set up with government grants, support from the Australian Dental Research Foundation and significant donations from medical companies, but health changes announced in this year’s federal budget have put its future in doubt.
Ms Steffens said the funding was due to wind up at the end of this year, possibly leaving only donations as a funding source.
“We are working on strategies to see how we can keep it going,” she said.
“[Losing government funding] will certainly make us scale down quite a lot and we would have to reduce the services a bit, we have a little to keep us going but long-term we need to find some guarantees.”
Aside of the dental students, other dentists volunteer their time for the clinic’s work.
After a thorough inspection, Andrey Rumyantsev, senior inspector of the Department of State Control and Protection of Water Resources of the Arkhangelsk region determined that the fish was not from the area.
Gennady Dvorykankin of the Knipovich Polar Research Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography said scientists there believe the fish is an herbivorous piranha.
“It is very unlikely that it made its way from its natural tropical waters to our Arctic and then into the river so we can only assume it was dumped by an owner of exotic fish,” he said, according to the Mirror.
Ian once defied doctors orders to bat against the West Indies with badly broken fingers on a Caribbean tour in 1991 but, like many sportsman, he felt the pain of his son’s setback more acutely than his own.
“I picked up the phone and thought ‘how good is this … he is ringing from Sri Lanka’,” Ian said.
“After initially being upbeat he wobbled a bit and said ‘I have lost my teeth and I’m in hospital’.
“Because he was so emotional I knew it was not a joke. I felt sick. It’s not my favourite injury.
“I always had a bit of a fear of losing teeth. I would rather get cut above the eye than chip a tooth.
“I got home and could not believe it until (wife) Helen told me it was only a tooth and I should harden up.”
There will inevitably be those who suggest that tooth decay in children so young might indicate failings on the part of parents. Such a judgement would be not only hasty but almost certainly unfair.
We suspect that the real culprits may be the people who produce and market certain foods and drinks aimed at infants.
There have been countless instances in which cleverly-worded advertising has persuaded parents that an item is healthy and suitable for their children to consume, only for it to be revealed later that the product in question is in fact laden with sugar and other tooth-rotting agents.
Whatever you choose, make sure you are fully present and mindful while eating it. Don’t eat it in front of the TV or while doing something else. Make it an event. Put it on a plate and sit down and enjoy every bite.
Another suggestion that many people have success with is to brush your teeth to signal you are done eating for the night.
The key is to find what you like and have it on hand for those moments when you need a little sweet bite. If you buy cakes, cookies, ice cream and candy that you know you have a tendency to overindulge in, you are setting yourself up for failure. Don’t do it.