Do you hate going to the dentist? Perhaps you fear getting a tooth pulled or the instruments – even if they won’t be used on you. You probably don’t like sitting on the dentist’s chair and would rather suffer from your toothache at home. You think the pain will eventually go away. If you get so anxious about your next dental visit, you probably have dentophobia.
A recent study by the University of Adelaide found that a third of the Australian population has tooth decay. Worse, those cavities are left untreated because people avoid going to the dentist. It’s puzzling, considering a dental appointment is only once or twice a year.
There’s a belief that wisdom comes with age. Is that why we get wisdom teeth when we’re older? Most of us would like to think that way, but the reality is that not everyone has a wisdom tooth. A study demonstrated that up to 35% of the world’s population does not have wisdom teeth. But that means…
For most people, visiting the dentist is setting up an appointment every six months. Usually, these meetings are for regular evaluations and cleaning. Twice yearly schedules are enough to determine if there are problems with oral health and for treatment to minor issues. It is much easier to monitor certain conditions when the professional understands your oral health history.
Many health conditions are sneaky – you never know you have them until they worsen. These conditions often cause discomfort, and one of them is gum disease. Surprisingly, many people around the world have gum disease. According to the World Health Organisation, about 10 per cent of the world’s population has this problem. Meanwhile, 22.9 per cent of Australians have either severe or moderate gum disease.