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Tooth an important but neglected part of the

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Give the tooth what it deserves

Give the tooth what it deserves

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  • 1.  Together with cheeks, tongue and palate, the teeth form the first and important part of the digestive system. They help to breakdown food substances into small particles which are easily swallowed and then acted upon by digestive enzymes to the form which can be absorbed by the body for energy, growth and repair.
  • 2.  Loss of teeth through extractions can seriously affect our general health. Further more; teeth help us in speech (articulation) and facial appearance. Imagine a person missing the anterior teeth required to address a public! If you have not experienced it, do not play for it.
  • 3.  Important to note, artificial teeth cost more than treating the natural teeth, at the same time they can not exactly replace the missing natural teeth. However, always something is better than nothing, if your have lost your teeth, artificial teeth is the remaining best option for you.
  • 4.  Interestingly, almost all disease conditions affecting the teeth are preventable and curable, but yet still dental problems remain one of the most common diseases affecting mankind. The physical and economical impact on the individual as well as the nation can not be over emphasized.
  • 5.  However, this area of health has not received the attention it deserves both from individuals and organizations. Theresult is that the age old trend whereby the public visit the dentist when they are in pain or apparent dental problems and ending up in extractions continues unabated.
  • 6.  Allstudies so far indicate that, dental caries (tooth decay) and periodontal (gum) diseases are the most prevalent conditions affecting the teeth and thus the leading cause of teeth loss. Dentalcaries slowly destroys the teeth through acid produced from surgery food we eat, if untreated, the disease progresses to the extent where the only remaining option is tooth removal (extraction). On the other hand, periodontal conditions slowly destroys the gums, bones and other tissues supporting the teeth, if left untreated, the affected teeth become loose and later fall on their own or are extracted.
  • 7.  As said in the introduction, these diseases are preventable and curable. And prevention is not even associated with injections or tablets as vaccines, but rather a mere change of habit. just improving oral hygiene habits and visiting a dentist regularly are enough to prevent these diseases and associated teeth loss. Moreover, even if the diseases have occurred in early stages and some cases of advanced stages, the diseases are curable.
  • 8.  Surprisingly enough, despite these facts, the rate of teeth loss through extraction is alarming. One has to wonder why? Who would like to look like the above?
  • 9.  A tooth is the only part of the body which when pain, the patient will just request for its removal (extraction). I have never seen a patient requesting removal of the eye or any other part of the body simply because it pains. No matter how other parts of the body are destroyed, the patients will always ask for the treatment to maintain them, but for the tooth, even if it can be conserved, just remove!
  • 10.  Sadly to say, even most medical insurance agents do not cover for scaling and root planning, the procedure which prevent both tooth decay and gum diseases from occurring. Itis the same scaling and root planning which is the first line of treatment almost for all forms of gum diseases.
  • 11. The treatment of choice The same applies to thisto these disease is scaling disease and polishing
  • 12.  Their lay argument is that, removing tarter (calculus) is an esthetic procedure (beauty), a misleading and deadly concept. Worse, some other insurers do not even cover root canal treatment, the treatment which cures advanced form of tooth decay. Worst, even the majority of insurance companies, give less financial allocations to dental services
  • 13.  Another lay argument is that, the sure way of treating the painful tooth is its removal (extraction)! Why not the sure way of treating the incurable heart diseases is the removal of the heart? Unjust indeed to the tooth, stop it. Asa treatment, tooth extraction is supposed to be done only when other methods of saving it are impossible or when such tooth can become a reason for other and more serious complications.
  • 14.  While these are being done, more government hospitals and clinics apart from lacking well qualified personnel they also lack equipments, instruments and material for dental treatment
  • 15.  Brushing and flossing twice a day when coupled with visiting a dentist at least twice a year is enough to save your teeth. Is this costly? Every body has the answer. While consultation fee is enough to have your teeth checked routinely by dentist, tooth brush is among the cheapest commodity in the market.
  • 16.  Earlyuncavitated decay can be treated by just medication, while simple fillings can save teeth with small to medium size cavities (holes). Good news is that even majority of teeth with big and deep cavities can also be served by doing root canal treatment. Always ask your dentist if he/she can do a root canal treatment on your badly decayed teeth instead of removal.
  • 17. Initial decay (white spot)just improve brushing Can be filled
  • 18. This tooth no matter howbad it has been destroyed by decay it be saved by Even those can be treated doing a root canal and a crown put on them treatment
  • 19.  Healthteeth = proper teeth brushing and regular dental visits (consultation fee + cost of toothbrush and paste), Diseased teeth cured and retained = filling or root canal treatment or scaling and root planning (consultation fee + treatment charges), Diseased teeth extracted = extraction and or artificial teeth (consultation fee+ extraction charges + cost of artificial teeth + cost of soft diet + teeth loss related problems).
  • 20. Thank you for listening

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