Oral diseases are among the most common diseases in the world. The Global Burden of Disease Study 2016 estimated that oral diseases affected half of the world’s population (3.58 billion people). It also stated that ‘there is a direct correlation between dental health and overall health’.
Over 700 cases of Mouth, Head and Neck Cancer reported in Ireland every year.
Only half of Mouth Head and Neck Cancers are diagnosed at an early stage.
The earlier the detection the better the outcome & quality of life.
There has never been a better time than now, to take control of your oral health destiny. In recent years, there has been veritable explosion in the easy availability of new technologies, devices and products that allow the average person to take control of their oral health. The pandemic has changed forever how we go about our daily lives and this applies just as much to how we look after our oral health.
School’s out & summer is here which means your children are spending far more time outdoors playing sports and attending summer camps. With sport, unfortunately sometimes injuries are par for the course. Did you know that dental injuries are more common than you may think? Our DeCare experts are here to discuss the top three dental injuries and how to deal with them if they occur.
The majority of the population who have average risk for tooth decay, gum disease and mouth cancer should visit a dentist once a year. However, if you have above average risk you may need to visit a dentist more frequently.
Oral Surgery is a term used to describe operations performed in your mouth by a dentist or by a specialist dentist called an Oral Surgeon. Very complex mouth head and neck operations are carried out in a hospital by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. Most minor oral surgery procedures take place in the confines of a dental practice, but for some, this may occur in a day care setting at a hospital.
A common experience for those who are wearing braces is for white spots to develop on the teeth while wearing braces. These spots are usually more visible on front teeth but on closer inspection they can also be observed on back teeth. They are usually chalky white in colour and contrast with the normal creamy white colour of surrounding enamel. The spots are not caused directly by the braces themselves but the braces can make it more difficult to carry out normal oral hygiene procedures such as brushing and flossing.
The estimated cost of dental healthcare in the EU is €80 billion. In Ireland, 83% of dental costs are paid out of pocket and covered privately by the individual. To compound matters, costs throughout the COVID-19 pandemic have risen at dental practices. Apart from tooth loss and gum health, more than 120 diseases can be identified and diagnosed by markers present in the mouth, including coronary heart disease, diabetes and oral cancers, while loss of teeth can be linked to depression. This makes dental care a vital component of overall health and wellbeing.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) have highlighted that our world is an unequal one. As COVID-19 has highlighted, some people are able to live healthier lives and have better access to health services than others. This is due to the conditions in which they are born, grow, live, work and age. Throughout the world, some do struggle to make ends meet which in turn, leads to unnecessary suffering, avoidable illness and premature death, as well as harming our economy and society.
Pancake Tuesday 2021 takes place tomorrow, Tuesday, February 16th, and is celebrated with stacks of pancakes/crepes drizzled in delicious sauces and toppings.