Do you know the scientific facts about teeth that will help you make wise decisions about your health.
This is an important question as science connects problems in the mouth with problems elsewhere in the body.
Do you know how unique, fragile and special your teeth are to your body … like the canaries in yesteryear mines? Canaries were used as animal sentinels in the coal mines of the past, providing miners with early warnings of life threatening dangers. At TeethFirst, when we see dental disease such as caries affecting your teeth, we believe that like the canaries, your teeth are offering an early indication of other problems brewing elsewhere in your body. What if being mindful of your teeth and what you do with them every day could influence your overall health? To help with this question, we offer oral hygiene tips that include mindfulness regarding the food and beverages you put in your mouth.
Do you know that almost all children are born with perfect enamel and enamel is the hardest tissues in the whole body, more than twice as hard as bone. Dental diseases are almost totally preventable. Yet by age 5, 24% of children have dental caries, by 12, 56%, by 19, 67% and by the time with get to our 70’s, 92% of our population suffers from dental diseases.
The Real Cost of Locking Oral Hygiene in the Home Bathroom
In 2014 in USA, we spent $113.5 Billion in dental services and only $1.4 Billion, less than 1% of the total spending in dental services, in oral hygiene products almost all of which are ONLY used in the home bathroom. We have locked oral hygiene in the home bathroom and oral health in dental offices. This needs to change.
Dental Caries is the Most Common Disease
Caries (tooth decay) is the most common disease in childhood, up to 5 times more common than asthma. It causes pain, anxiety and functional limitation. It leads to poor school attendance and poor performance in children. It also causes social handicap through tooth loss.
The treatment of dental diseases is expensive, consuming 5–10% of health-care budgets in industrialized countries, and would exceed the entire financial resources available for the health care of children in most lower income countries.
Do you Know?
In 2013 we spent $1.55 Billion to treat tooth decay in the mouth of children under 6 years of age… and that amount does not include the $5,000.00 to $10,000.00 hospital fees per child for all the children who needed to be treated under general anesthesia in the OR.
To make matters worse, the rate of relapse after urgent care in the OR for these children is 52% to 79% within 2 years.
Dental diseases are preventable: in the 21st century, we ought to be doing better than this.