Greater price transparency with dentists

28. may 2010  
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From the 1. October it becomes even easier to check tandlægernes price levels on the internet. Tandlægeforeningen and Danish Regions have agreed that dentists should disclose the price ranges on the several treatments on the

Today, private dental clinics inform the from and to prices in eight services. The 1. October will be the number of services expanded to ten, so that the dentists should also inform about the price ranges on the surgical removal of a tooth and root canal treatment in the two channels. At the same time, the descriptions of the eight current benefits on be made more precise. Thus the possibilities for patients to compare the price ranges from clinic to clinic be even better.

– We are in favour of transparency, also with respect to prices. It is only fair that you can sit at home at your computer and form an impression of the price levels of dentists. We therefore welcome the fact that one can now use to find out more about the updated price ranges. When it is said, is that no two treatments are alike, says Tandlægeforeningens negotiator, Bear Haulrig and explains:

– You have to go to the dentist and be examined before you can get the quite exact price. The can the dentist give you when you have decided which treatment to put in the time. If the cost of treatment exceeds dkk 2,500, you are entitled to an offer of an unspecified writing on them, says Tandlægeforeningens negotiator, Bear Haulrig.

The agreement on the increased price transparency forms part of a new tandlægeoverenskomst, as Tandlægeforeningen and the Regions, Wage - and Takstnævn has just been agreed.

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Ban on texting will lead to worse teeth

21. may 2010  
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It will be really bad for tandsundheden, if the Danish data protection agency makes the seriousness of banning tandklinikkerne in the municipalities to send text messages to children, young people and parents.

– Many municipalities have introduced sms service, so you get a sms with a reminder of his time at the dentist. It has led to fewer and fewer forget to go to the dentist. There has been a noticeable decline in the number of no-shows in several of the municipalities that have adopted sms. And text reminders are a service that already for some years has been used by the private dental clinics with great success, says Tandlægeforeningens president, Susanne Andersen.

If you forget to go to the dentist, you run the risk of according to Susanne Andersen, that the disease develops so much that they require more treatment than if they had been taken in the bud.

– In addition, it is also socio-economic is a problem when patients absent from dentistry. There are staff ready to carry out a planned investigation and treatment, says Susanne Andersen.

The Danish data protection agency has pointed out that one should be wary of sending sensitive and confidential information via text message.

– But is it a sensitive and confidential information, that one should remember his time at the dentist? It seems I'm quite honestly not. And you have for years sent indkaldekort out with entry from both the municipal and the private dental clinics. It has the Danish data protection agency I am aware so far not seen as a problem. I can't see why you should not be able to exploit its opportunities to ensure children and young people healthier teeth, concludes Susanne Andersen.

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The address determines if your child gets cavities in the teeth

11. may 2010  
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Most parents think that their residence may have an impact on whether their children will get tooth decay or not. A new Danish study shows that there is a strong correlation between the children's and young people's place of residence and the risk of caries (holes in teeth), writes Tandlægebladet.

Fluorkoncentrationen in the tap water that comes out of the taps in the home, can have a crucial impact on their children's cariesrisiko. Children who live in Siberia, are twice as likely to get tooth decay as children living in the southeastern part of Zealand and on Lolland-Falster, Møn and Bornholm, where fluorkoncentrationen is the highest.

There is a big difference in fluorkoncentrationen in the drinking water, depending on where you are in the country. If one lives as a child or young person in an area where there is a high concentration of fluoride in the drinking water, it may mean that the risk of getting cavities in the teeth can be half as great as in an area where fluorindholdet is low – for example in west Jutland, where the risk of getting holes in your teeth is up to twice as large as the areas where fluorkoncentrationen is a maximum. The more fluoride in the water, the fewer holes.
The survey is conducted among 48.351 children 5-years of age and 43.848 15-year-olds in the entire country.

Here you can see what fluorindholdet in the drinking water is in your area. Click on the image to see the bigger picture.

Read more in Tandlægebladet no. 6 2010 or on the

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