The latest statistics from the Australian commonwealth government have some interesting dental facts:
👉1 in 4 children (aged 5 to 10) have untreated decay in their baby teeth 👉 3 in 10 people delay or avoid seeing a dentist because of the cost 👉 1 in 25 people (aged 15 and over) have no natural teeth left.
1 in 4 children (aged 5 to 10) have untreated decay in their baby teeth
Some people believe that because baby teeth are temporary it is not important to look after them or have cavities filled as these teeth will be falling out shortly.
This is not the case! Cavities in baby teeth can still cause tooth ache and extreme pain for children. This can impact a child's nutrition as it stops them from eating food that they need to grow and develop. It can also affect their speech development. Any cavities in baby teeth can also lead to infections in nearby teeth (including adult teeth)
It is important to start arranging checkups with the dentist every 6 months from 3 years old (unless there is a problem sooner) so that any problem can be dealt with while it is small and easy to treat for the child.
3 in 10 people delay or avoid seeing the dentist because of the cost
By avoiding seeing the dentist any gum disease or small cavity will not be found while they are small and easy and less expensive to treat.
Neglecting your oral care can cost you more in the long run.
A patient who has a small painfree cavity can have it filled as soon as it is found. If the same cavity is left to grow larger till it is causing pain for the patient then possibly a root canal and crown will be needed to save the tooth.
As an extreme example: a patient who has gum disease due to not brushing their teeth effectively and then not having their teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months can allow the gum disease to progress so far that the teeth become loose in the gums and then lose all of their teeth leading to dentures or implants