"As wealth increases in these countries, so does sugar consumption," noted Christian Splieth, a professor at Greifswald University Hospital’s Department of Paedodontology. Sugar contributes to tooth decay.
At the same time, established cavity prevention programs are lacking in these developing countries, which include Brazil, Lithuania and Poland.
Twelve-year-olds there have an average of six teeth with cavities, said Splieth, speaking on the occasion of the 61st Congress of the European Organisation for Caries Research (ORCA) in Greifswald earlier this month.
In contrast, German 12-year-olds have an average of only 0.7 teeth with cavities, compared with seven in the 1980s - a decrease of 90 per cent.
Nathan has lost his first tooth, and he’s going to keep it forever. But the Tooth Fairy has different plans. When she finds it hidden in a plastic bag in the sock drawer, she “opened her briefcase and tucked it inside. She left a dollar behind for Nathan.”
A month later when the second loose tooth falls out, Nathan guards it with toy army men to no avail. The Tooth Fairy finds it readily. Nathan makes better plans for advanced tooth-hiding.
The red-haired, bespectacled Tooth Fairy uses a Super Tooth Sensomatic to scan all hiding places, and the Tooth Fairy Wars begin.
Recently, my 19-year-old daughter suffered severe pain in her wisdom teeth and visited the dentist who prescribed two antibiotics, amoxicillin and metronidazole. She was also taking Panadol. When the pain intensified later that day, she went back to the dentist to ask for something stronger, but was told dentists are not allowed to prescribe pain relief any more, only antibiotics. We then visited the doctor to be told that doctors do not deal with dental pain, and we should visit the dentist for pain relief. We have been to the chemist and bought some ibuprofen on their advice, but she is still in severe pain.
Dental Surgeons Association Jammu and Kashmir(DSAJK) today observed hunger strike demanding complete absorption of unemployed dentists in the state. The association has demanded complete absorption of unemployed dentist youths, recruitment of dental surgeons on annual basis and establishment of separate directorate for dental health in the state.
Mark Van Nierop has gone on the run, Le Parisien reported.
The dentist was heralded as the messiah when he set up in Chateau-Chinon in Burgundy in 2008, due to the lack of dentists in the region.
But six years later, the uttering of his name, would no doubt send shivers down the spines of many of his patients, some of whom suffered from recurring abscesses and septicaemia after visiting him in his clinic.
There were also allegations of badly placed implants that pierced patients jaws, healthy teeth pulled out, and broken utensils parts of which were left lodged in gums.
This condition, which occurs when there isn’t enough saliva in the mouth, can accelerate tooth decay. “It isn’t a disease in itself, but rather a symptom of some underlying and more concerning issue,” says Dr Nader. “It often results from certain drugs or medications, treatments for cancer, or from auto-immune diseases such as AIDS.”
Dehydration, nerve problems, Parkinson’s disease and diabetes are other significant medical conditions that can result in dry mouth.
Of the 82 per cent of patients who said they would be prepared to be HIV tested at a dentist’s office, almost three-quarters would opt for a saliva swab, 15 per cent preferred a pinprick test and 8 per cent preferred a traditional blood test, according to the study of more than 500 dental patients in Sydney.
But less than half of dentists would be prepared and willing to offer rapid HIV testing, the researchers said.