Dental professionals are calling on the public to stop letting their fear of getting sick stop them from seeing a dentist, even when it’s needed for their health.
Dental care has been an essential part of the American Dream for decades, but many dentists are feeling overwhelmed by the rising numbers of Americans who have developed chronic conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or chronic lung disease.
Dr. Stephen Karp, director of the Department of Dental Practice and Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University School of Denture Dentistry, said he believes the current state of dental care is leading to unnecessary dental visits.
“The number of people who get treated for a toothache, a tooth infection, a gum infection, or a staph infection in the United States is about six times what it was in 1980, so we are getting back to a point where we are having to treat these infections in a different way than we used to,” he said.
Dr Karp also believes that people have been conditioned to expect that their dental care will fix everything, when in fact the reality is that it won’t.
“I think there is a certain amount of arrogance that goes along with being a dentist.
But I think when you take a look at it in a scientific way, it is not really that.
Dentistry is really about the oral health of the mouth, so the more people who are getting oral health care, the more likely they are to be able to function properly and to do things that will allow them to be healthier,” he added.
Dr James Davenport, associate professor of dental medicine at Emory University School, also believes it’s not a good idea to expect the same thing from dental care that it was 20 years ago.
“We are now so far removed from the time when the American dentist was the same as he is today.
We have an all-day, daily, 24-hour dental clinic.
It was really the first time that dentistry became a part of a person’s daily routine,” he told CNN Health.
The rise of chronic conditionsDr Karrp also believes the American dental profession is being left behind by its changing demographic.
“People are living longer and younger, and they are looking for more people to fill the gaps.
And they are going to the dentist to get those teeth and fill those cavities,” he explained.”
There is more than one reason why people are having problems with dental care,” he continued.
“But the reason that I would suggest is that we have not taken the time to teach our kids about dental care and that the way we teach our children is to take the time out to go to the doctor.”
Dental practice in the U.S. has seen a rapid increase in recent years, and while the number of dentists remains stable, the number who treat people with chronic conditions has grown.
“When you talk about the number that we treat, it’s probably somewhere between 50,000 and 60,000 a year in the American community,” said Dr. Davenp.
Dr Davenk said the demand for dental care has increased in a way that dentists haven’t seen in decades.
“For many years, we were treating people every day, every week, every month, and then we would see a spike.
And that’s when the demand started to skyrocket,” he noted.
The number and severity of dental infections in the community has risen significantly over the past decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“The rate of dental visits by Americans has doubled in the past 20 years,” Dr. Karrap said.
“So we are seeing a significant increase in the number and intensity of these dental infections and we are not only seeing them in our patients but we are also seeing them among our staff and among our community members,” he also added.
A survey conducted by the University of Texas Medical Branch found that 40 percent of people believe their health care provider is not doing enough to treat their dental problems.
Dr Vicky Rochon, a professor at the School of Dentistry at the University at Buffalo, said that while there is still a need for dentists to be more involved in the care of patients, the public needs to realize that this is an urgent issue.
“While the public is well aware of the increased need for dental services in the public health arena, they are often not aware that we are actually spending more money on health care than we are taking out,” she said.
According to the CDC, the average American spends about $6,000 per year on health services.
Dr Rochun said the public should not let fear of dental problems stop them treating their own.
“They can look at their own dental care history and see how they treat their teeth.
And it’s their own health care,” she explained.
“And if they have a history of dental issues, then they are more likely to