With three in ten adults suffering from tooth decay in the UK, and more than 25,000 children being admitted to hospital each year with the disease, improving the nation’s dental health is very much on the agenda. Dental health experts work to encourage Britons to take charge of their teeth and gums, and to find out the reasons behind poor oral health.
What can be done to improve dental health?
Janet Goodwin, new President of the British Dental Health Foundation, attributes a large part of the problem to “a perceived lack of accessible information around oral health which leads to misconceptions about what people can expect from their dentist”. One of her principal goals, therefore, is to improve the accessibility to good quality oral health information and “enhance the public’s experience, information and knowledge of important dental issues”.
What are dentists doing to promote dental health?
Preventing tooth decay and gum disease is certainly an important part of our work at our central London specialist dental practice. Whether patients come to us for a routine check up or an appointment with our hygienist, or if they are embarking on a complex full mouth reconstruction, we offer support and guidance on the best at-home oral hygiene regime for their needs.
Furthermore, we recognise the part that an aversion to dentists plays in making people defer booking an appointment. This is often rooted in negative childhood experiences of cold and austere clinics and noisy, fear-inducing equipment. Today, the experience is quite different: at specialist dental practice 76 Harley Street, you will find a warm, friendly reception, a tranquil and welcoming environment, experts who are specially trained to treat nervous patients, spacious treatment rooms where you can be distracted by films or music of your own choice, and modern techniques and equipment that allow us to offer our London patients pain-free, effective and individualized treatment.