Dentistry has come a long way since the olden times, when people in many cultures believed that cavities were holes bored by tooth worms. This is the age of digital dentistry. Usage of x-rays, dental drills and manual removal of decayed tooth is going to be history soon. The field of dentistry is constantly evolving, changing, and advancing and is becoming more efficient and natural-looking for the patient’s as possible.
Let us take you through some cool developments in dentistry, which surely would be of use to you…..
This is the age of Artificial Intelligence and why should ‘Brushing’ be left behind. Products are already available in the market that are designed to help users improve their oral health, by providing feedback about brushing techniques collected by integrated artificial intelligence (AI). This would be a great hit with parents as they would be able to track their kids brushing habits.
Oral health is an important contributor to overall health and well-being. Oral health touches every aspect of our lives. Oral health means more than just healthy teeth- it includes the health of the gums, oral soft tissues, chewing muscles, the palate, tongue, lips and salivary glands. Good oral health enables an individual to speak, eat and socialize without active disease, discomfort or embarrassment. It is integral to general health and well-being.
We are amidst a global oral disease epidemic, and the statistics are startling: nearly 100 percent of adults have had cavities.
Oral disease is one of the most common public health issues worldwide with significant socio-economic impacts. Oral health is affected on a daily basis by various forms of oral diseases, mainly dental caries and periodontal disease, and occasionally by oral cancer, lesions in HIV/AIDS, mucosal and salivary gland diseases, and orofacial pain and clefts. These oral disorders are collectively the commonest chronic diseases in mankind with great impacts on vita functions, self-esteem, quality of life.
It is currently recognized that oral diseases are worldwide epidemic and a major public health problem.
The facts on Oral health are disturbing : based on WHO
Worldwide, 60–90% of school children and nearly 100% of adults have dental cavities
Globally, about 30% of people aged 65–74 have no natural teeth
16-40% of children in the age range 6 to12 years old are affected by dental trauma due to unsafe playgrounds, unsafe schools, road accidents, or violence
In young children, there is a relationship between dental caries and childhood obesity
Dental caries, also known as tooth decay or cavities, is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in humans
Dental cavities and periodontal disease are major causes of tooth loss
Birth defects such as cleft lip and palate occur in about one per 500–700 of all births.
Severe periodontal (gum) disease, which may result in tooth loss, is found in 15–20% of middle-aged (35-44years) adults
Oral cancer is the eighth most common cancer globally
Oral disease in children and adults is higher among poor and disadvantaged population groups
Almost half (40–50%) of people who are HIV-positive have oral fungal, bacterial or viral infections
Because of the high prevalence and recurrent cumulative nature of caries and periodontal disease, the mouth is among the most expensive parts of the body to treat in some countries such as Japan, Australia and Germany
Several oral diseases are linked to non-communicable chronic diseases or conditions that share common risk factors, such as diabetes, obesity, cancer, cardiovascular disease
With the growing consumption of sugar in the developing world as a result of westernization, the levels of dental decay are likely to rise