The dentist who took the biggest bite out of the NHS is warning that there is little he can do to prevent future outbreaks of dental caries.
Dr Blackwood, who is the chief of the Royal New Zealand Dental College, says it is not the case that he has to go out of business, despite his “unusually low” salary.
Dr Blackwoods comments come as a growing number of dental experts say they do not think there is a risk of a pandemic, despite recent warnings from governments around the world. “
I think the best thing we can do is to just do it the best we can.”
Dr Blackwoods comments come as a growing number of dental experts say they do not think there is a risk of a pandemic, despite recent warnings from governments around the world.
The dental industry is one of the most profitable in the country, with annual revenues of more than $2.3 billion, and there are plans for a further $1.2 billion in investment.
“If you look at what the industry is doing right now, we are the ones who are going to have to come out of it,” Dr Blacktree said.
“Dentists are not immune.
We are in a position where we are not going to be able to continue.”
Dr James Sayers, the chairman of the International Dental Association, said the industry was facing an “urgent” threat.
“A major pandemic is something that could seriously threaten the dental industry, and dentists are facing that very real risk,” he said.
The industry was expected to see a further 1 per cent decline in annual revenue, from $2 billion to $1 billion, by 2025.
The dentists group said it was in the “worst” shape and was not able to “reinforce itself”.
The dental profession has also been hit by the collapse in gold mining, which is putting a strain on supplies of dental supplies.
Dr Sayers said the collapse of gold mining could mean dentists would be forced to turn to other products.
“They are going into the marketplace, but they are finding that the products that they used to be using are not the same quality as what they are using now,” he told ABC Radio National.
“And there’s a lot of money that’s being wasted because of that.”
The decline in gold has also led to a shortage of dental tools, with the Australian Dental Institute warning dentists needed to have a “much bigger footprint” in the dental sector.
Dr Reddy said while there were still many dentists who were “getting by” with low salaries, “they’re not really getting the best value out of their dentists”.
“Dental services are not as expensive as they were a few years ago,” he added.
“It’s an economic problem for dentists.”
A report released by the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) said there was “no evidence” that dental carious diseases were linked to the global economic downturn.
“Our review found no evidence that the impact of the global recession on dental care has worsened dental cariogenic diseases or dental carie in other parts of the world,” the NAS report said.
It also noted there was no evidence of any “significant impact” of the recession on the health of Americans.
Dr David Ahern, the NAS chair, said there were a range of other factors at play, including the lack of adequate funding for dental care, and the difficulty of recovering lost income.
“People are losing jobs and their incomes are dropping,” Dr Ahern said.
In the US, more than 6,000 dentists lost their jobs in March, and nearly 3,500 in March alone.
Dental caries is the leading cause of preventable dental disease.
It can be caused by a number of things, including dental fillings, root canal work, dental implants and cavities.
It affects an estimated one in every three Americans.
“What we have is a very complex problem that requires a lot more study, which means more studies and a lot longer waits to get the dental work done,” Dr Reddys said.