Interesting Facts About Dental Services

The Australian Institute of Health reports that in 2011-12 around $8.3 billion was spent on dental services. That’s more than twice the 2001-02 spending that stood at $3.7bn. There should definitely be significant benefits arising from such dental care, as people are increasingly spending on these services. weblink

Okay, here are some important dental care details, including the benefits derived from that.

How is dental care so important?

If you thought oral health was just about having a sparkling smile, you’re totally wrong. What you may not know is that the consequences of bad oral health can indeed be a silent epidemic. Yes, oral diseases can greatly impact many of your life’s seemingly benign tasks including: feeding, sleeping, working, and socializing.

The effect of poor oral hygiene is clearly illustrated by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Oral diseases can interfere with swallowing, chewing, and sleep, thus disrupting both sleep and productivity. Commonly, people affected end up losing their tooth. This can have a much greater impact than the physical appearance, after Locker’s 1992 study revealed that poor nutrition and declining diets are a direct consequence of tooth loss.

All the effects of poor oral health are discomfort and infection, as well as loss of soft tissue within the mouth, or even death (in rare circumstances). These events will certainly have a significant impact on your self-esteem, as well as social and psychological health. Oral care is therefore an essential component in protecting the quality of life and overall health.

Economic Impact Of Oral Health Problems A much more surprising picture is created by summing up the overall impact of bad oral health on individual Australians. According to a 2001 report by the Advisory Council of Australian Health Ministers (AHMAC), the economic impact of dental caries has been comparable with both heart disease and diabetes. In reality, dental caries took second place when ranking Australia’s most expensive diet-related illnesses.

Who is capable of providing dental services?

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) offers clear guidance on the qualifications required for dental practice. To be sure that you are getting the best possible treatment, you need to verify that your dentist meets these criteria in full. One of these is the fact that medical professionals have to be licensed in the state where they practice dental practice.

Any medical professionals who practice dentistry should also apply for a Bachelor of Dental Surgery or a Bachelor of Dental Science. These certificates are usually from universities in Australia, the UK and New Zealand. International graduates may still be able to practice dentistry in some cases, as long as they live within the particular state in which they practice and possess approved work visas.