Tandsundheden among Greenlandic children alarming

22. april 2009  
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Tandsundheden among Greenlandic children and young people is so poor that small children down to one year of age will get pulled mælketænderne out.

“We must often remove the bad baby teeth because of advanced caries in young children,” says dentist Jørgen Ramstedt Jensen in Tasiilaq.

“If you do not take care of your teeth, you can get inflammation, and it goes not only the teeth but also the rest of the body gets affected,” says dental assistant Johanne Hansen to the CNTS.

A few years ago was the regular tandskylning with fluoride stopped in Tasiilaq, and children and young people have not been given regular dental examination or instruction in toothbrushing.
Tasiilaq rates now on, to be able to offer all primary school children regular dental examination and instruction in tooth brushing. And restores now the regular fluoride-rinses in children.

Nationwide cariesstrategi
The Greenland home rule government launched in 2006 a national strategic plan against caries called Cariesstrategi Greenland 2008 – 2012as part of the The Public Health Programme Inuuneritta. The strategic plan aimed, among other things, to step up efforts for the prevention of dental caries, and it should be mandatory by 1. January 2008, with the systematic tandplejetilbud to the population, or at least a systematic tandplejetilbud for children and young people, where there may not be sufficient capacity or economy to the entire population.

The National Tandbørstedag
As a direct cause of the poor dental health of the population of greenland, the Greenland home rule the 18. april 2007, as the first country in the world, a national tandbørstedag. The National Tandbørstedag in Greenland is 18. april.

Den Nationale Tandbørstedag

Greenland's National Tandbørstedag, 18. april - Photo: Kavalkadehæfte on the National tandbørstedag

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15. april 2009  
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Omsorgstandplejen is a municipal system, where the municipalities are obligated by law to offer preventive and therapeutic dental care for adult persons who because of their health only difficult to make use of the common established tandplejetilbud. Municipalities may charge a fee for the scheme, and in 2009 this fee is around 400 dollars annually, according to the rate at which the individual municipality has chosen to use.

Eligibility for omsorgstandpleje
Omsorgstandplejen is for persons over 18 years of age, who, because of chronic reduced mobility and severe physical or mental disability will have difficulties to use the established tandplejesystem.

The primary audience for omsorgstandplejen is originally defined as persons who either live in nursing homes, or in their own home/ældrebolig or similar with many remedial measures, if the self-reliant capacity and self-care is so limited that they need help in the general day to day functions or really care, and can effectively be equated with nursing home residents.

Today is the target group of the mentally handicapped and mentally ill patients, in whom there is no special dental problems, that require tandlægefaglig specialised care in specialtandplejen, but where the person is not sufficient on its own initiative, is able to use the existing tandplejetilbud of the practicing dentist.

Thus, it is not the idea that a wider group of frail elderly or disabled people who may otherwise be treated on ordinary disability-friendly clinics must be covered by omsorgstandplejetilbudet. Omsorgstandplejen is not directed against persons, which, in principle, can make use of the existing tandplejetilbud, but who, for social or other reasons, has opted out of this. The majority of the omsorgstandplejens group of people already live in ældrebolig / nursing home and receive old-age pension.

The scope of tandplejetilbuddet
Omsorgstandpleje include both prevention, investigation, organisation and treatment.

Prevention includes all activities that aim to prevent symptoms of disease and conditions of the teeth, mouth and jaws in that arise, including information for both patients and carers about the importance of a healthy, functional tooth-, mouth - and kæberegion.

Studies of the tooth-, mouth - and kæberegionen be carried out at intervals organized on the basis of professional consideration.

Necessary treatments include the treatment of symptoms, diseases and malfunctions of the teeth, mouth and jaws, including the necessary tandprotetiske treatments.

How to get omsorgstandpleje
You searched for omsorgstandpleje. If you live in nursing homes, takes place via the staff. If you live in your own home, tell you to home care or community centre.

Options within omsorgstandplejen
Municipalities may offer omsorgstandpleje both at public clinics and at private dental practice / clinical tandteknikerpraksis. And the user can choose between tandplejetilbud at a local clinic, or whether it should be in private, regardless of whether the municipality as a starting point offering care at a public clinic. Want you as eligible for the scheme not to receive this offer, you preserve the right to subsidies for dental care under the current rules.

Users of omsorgstandplejeordningen thus has three options, namely to receive omsorgstandpleje by (a) general clinic, (b) in private practice or (c) to opt out of an offer of omsorgstandpleje, whereby the right to the general tandplejetilbud of the practicing dentist to be preserved.

It should be noted, however, that you can't use omsorgstandplejen in other municipalities than tilhørskommunen.

The municipal council of the individual municipality decides on the omsorgstandplejen must be free of charge for the beneficiaries, or whether there should be required to provide payment for the scheme. The users ' own contributions in the omsorgstandplejen is, however, regulated by law, and was in 2006 at a maximum of 400 dkk. annually.

The commencement of the particular precious treatments may, however, happen only when the municipality has approved the implementation of the of the dentist or clinical dental technician's offer. The municipal council may establish, which services should be covered by the municipality's prior approval.

Omsorgstandplejen in your municipality
Information about how the offer of dental care is in your municipality, can at any time be found on the municipality's hjemmmeside. The easiest way to your municipality's website is via region websites, as there is a overview of on www.regioner.dk

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The elderly do not use omsorgstandplejen

15. april 2009  
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While older citizens in some of the country's municipalities do not get offers on the statutory omsorgstandpleje, sorry for the other municipalities over the lack of commitment to the scheme.

Instead of spending time in transport and waiting time at the dentist, the elderly and the disabled, in many cases, receive both studies, forebyggele of the damage and treatment of teeth and dentures sitting at home in their own armchair, if they make use of the offer of omsorgstandpleje.

For about 400 kr. on the year, the citizens who are eligible for the offer, receive preventive and therapeutic dental care in comfortable surroundings at home. Omsorgstandplejen is an offer for all citizens, if the self-help capacity is limited, so that they can genuinely be equated with nursing home residents, and thereby it has difficulty getting to a dentist. And in the follow dentist Birgit Krabsen from Aalborg and the Municipality of dentistry, had the scheme for dental care at home also be a good help to the staff in the ældrecentrene in the country's municipalities, which could avoid to spend time and effort to follow the residents to private dentists to receive the necessary dental care.

However, it is not the idea that a wider group of frail elderly or disabled people who can be treated on ordinary disability-friendly clinics must be covered by omsorgstandplejetilbudet. The majority of the omsorgstandplejens group of people already live in ældrebolig / nursing homes and also receive old-age pension.

The originally defined target group for omsorgstandplejen, was defined as persons who live in nursing homes and persons living in their own home / ældrebolig or similar with many remedial measures, and if self-care is so limited that they really can be equated with nursing home residents.

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Only half avail themselves of the offer
In Aalborg, there are apparently many who do not know to the system of omsorgstandpleje. Barely 900 citizens availing themselves of the offer of omsorgstandpleje, so that they can get help to care for their teeth and dentures in the home. But in the city of Aalborg is believed that around twice as many elderly and disabled citizens are eligible for the offer of omsorgstandpleje in the home, and now the municipality will try to get caregivers to be better to inform about the scheme.

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Skoletandpleje can prevent bad lifestyle

4. april 2009  
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”Children with many dental problems often have other health problems. Therefore skoletandplejen be a key player in the fight against inequality in health.”

In a new sundhedsoplæg from the conservative social and sundhedsordfører Vivi Kier, put the conservatives now up to skoletandplejen needs to be more active in the fight against what they call for inequality in health.

Børnetandplejen must be a central part of a coordinated effort between skoletandplejen, the municipal health care and other relevant social authorities, and on the way try to prevent many lifestyle diseases at an early stage in the child's life.

In following the conservative sundhedsoplæg must skoletandplejen in the future to prevent lifestyle diseases such as obesity and smoking. Among other things, argues in the conservative social and sundhedsordfører Vivi Kier to the municipal dentists are the healthcare professionals, who are regularly in contact with children and their parents until the children become of age.

“Skoletandplejen can focus on a number of trends, bl.a. unfortunate eating habits, poor dental hygiene and the onset of obesity already from kindergarten, that is why we need their help.”

The conservatives want the paper to make the scheme nationwide and will be extended to include dental care up in adulthood.

Read the entire proposal here: A healthy life – for the weakest

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