How expensive is a visit to the dentist really?

13. October 2010  
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What is the cost of a regular examination at the dentist? This is a question many have difficulty to answer, shows a study by Epinion made for Tandlægeforeningen among 1.003 danes.

Many young people do not, that a regular study only costs 83 kr., when one is 18-25 years old, while adults over the age of 25 will pay 142 kr. A teeth cleaning costs 178 kr.
Among the participants in the study had each seventh not been to the dentist in the last two years. Of this group believed 47 per cent., to a regular dental examination costing more than dkk 300. Actually believed almost every fourth, that the price had to be over 400 kr.

Myths and guesswork
– It shows that the perception that it is expensive to go to the dentist, often based on guesswork rather than facts, especially among those who opt out of the dentist. There seems to have been built up a myth about tandlægernes rates, as they do not go regularly to the dentist, has been caught up in, says Susanne Andersen.

Susanne Andersen, President of the Tandlægeforeningen


The lack of knowledge for the price of a regular dentist, however 36 per cent. of those who have been to the dentist within the last two years.

– In Tandlægeforeningen we find it positive that a dental examination is significantly cheaper than many expect. But only if it helps to make the experience at the dentist even better. For if the erroneous perception of the price to get someone to keep away from the dentist, it is extremely unfortunate. The regular inspections have a deterrent effect and can help to detect any problems early, so that the individual can prevent both major dental procedures and great tandlægeregninger, says Tandlægeforeningens president, Susanne Andersen.

It is a problem that many young people are dropping the regular visits to the dentist, and it makes Tandlægeforeningen now something about the campaign tandfix.dkthat is targeted at young people of 18-25 years. The campaign must tell the young that it can have a big impact to drop the dentist visit, and that it is actually better to go regularly to the dentist than to let be.

Tandfix.dk – campaign for young people

6. October 2010  
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Tandlægeforeningen is behind a new and different online campaign aimed at young people. Tandfix.dk called the portal with a sense of humor and irony to capture the interest of young people for their own dental health.

Too many young people are dropping the regular visits to the dentist. It will Tandlægeforeningen now do something with a campaign that is targeted at young people of 18-25 years. The campaign must tell the young that it can have a big impact to drop the dentist visit, and that it is actually better to go regularly to the dentist than to let be.

Tandfix.dk
The campaign, which starts on 23. august, is mainly online, and takes its point of departure in the site TandFix.dk, where young people can go into a universe that is created on the humor and irony. But the young people will also encounter the campaign on Facebook. The only thing they will not encounter, is moralized.

– Our desire is to engage in a dialogue with the young people and based on their life situation without talking down to them.

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The tooth fairy there with a sense of humor to reach out to young people

We know that many young people think that the regular visits to the dentist is not so necessary, because they do not have any problems with their teeth and gums, right here and now. But as much as shows the effects often only later in life, says Tandlægeforeningens president, Susanne Andersen.

It is important to get things in the bud when it is about the diseases of the teeth and mouth. If you wait, you run the risk of both toothache and comprehensive treatment.

It is also inexpensive to get a check-up at the dentist.

– Many young people do not know, that a regular study actually only costs 83 kr., when one is 18-25 years, while a cleaning costs 178 kr. It may not pay to wait, " says Susanne Andersen.

In connection with the start of the campaign will dental students in Copenhagen and Aarhus, denmark take off at technical schools and social and health care educational institutions and to enter into dialogue with young people on their tandplejevaner. At the same time, there will be hung campaign posters up, and there will be a shared bags out with water, flyers, toothbrush and toothpaste.

The campaign has been, with support from the Danish Regions and is developed in cooperation with the communication agency NetPeople.

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Children and adolescents have healthier teeth

29. september 2010  
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The efforts of the children and ungdomstandplejen are now bearing fruit, and new figures from the Danish Health and medicines authority shows that the tandsundheden getting better and better for the country's children and young people. The new figures show that around three out of ten 18-year-old never felt the dentist's drill in a tooth. In 1990 it was one out of every ten 18-year-old who had never had the holes in the teeth that required treatment with boron.

Among the 18-year-old, who has been treated holes in the teeth, most people only put fillings in up to four tooth surfaces. Also we are talking here about a significant improvement in comparison to 1990.

For the 15-year-old is it possible to follow the development all the way back to 1980/81. At that time they had a 15-year-olds in the average fillings in 13,2 tooth surfaces. The new figures from the Danish Health and medicines authority shows that the equivalent figure measured in 2009 is 2,33.

Billede af børn med tandbørster

Three out of ten children have never been drilled in his teeth

Measured on the regions is tandsundheden among children and young people in the Capital Region followed by the Region of Zealand and Region Midtjylland. The north denmark Region and Region southern denmark are respectively fourth and fifth place.

Tandlægeforeningens president Susanne Andersen welcomes the positive development, but warns at the same time to downgrade the efforts of the children and ungdomstandplejen.

– I have no doubt that the major prevention effort in the development of children and ungdomstandplejen have contributed to the fact that children and young people have such healthy teeth in a day. But even if the average figures are good, there are unfortunately still children, who have many gaps in the teeth. And then we got new tandsundhedsproblem, namely, acid injuries of the tooth enamel as a result of the ever greater consumption of cola and other soft drinks, says Susanne Andersen.

According to tandlægernes president has some children use to get to the dentist very often, while children with healthy teeth and gums, by their dentist, are assessed to have a check-up with 1-2 year intervals.

Efforts are now much more targeted and customized than back when you called all of every sixth month, says Susanne Andersen.

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.

Lower sugar levies provide lower teeth

25. march 2010  
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It is a bomb, in particular the children's and young people's dental health, sugar levies has fallen every year since 2001. It says Tandlægeforeningens president Susanne Andersen in a comment to the new information from the ministry of finance.

– We can see that the portions have become larger over the last ten years, and it is hardly unlikely that it has anything to do with the gradual tax reductions. Slikposerne have been greater, and the same is sodavandsflaskerne. While the biggest soda bottles for ten years ago called the 1½ litre, we are now up to 2 litres. And it is a big problem for the teeth. The large bottles of deadlines, especially children and young people to have a soda standing and taking a sip of it periodically. In this way, the teeth in a constant acid bath in, and the acid in the soda can in the worst case corrode the tooth enamel away, " says Susanne Andersen.

Studies have shown that every 7. teen, to a greater or lesser extent, have acid injuries of the tooth enamel.

In addition to syreskaderne is the sugar in soft drinks and sweets are one of the major culprits when it comes to holes in the teeth. The trend has for many years been, that the danes have fewer and fewer holes in the teeth, but Susanne Andersen is afraid that the positive development will stop, if the intake of sugar continues to increase.

Further information may be obtained from Tandlægeforeningen by contacting the communications officer May Falcon 70 25 77 11 or head of communications Claus Jørgensen on 70 25 77 11 or 21 26 56 98.

Older people with dementia suffer from poor oral hygiene

27. October 2009  
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Dementia brings great changes – also as regards the tandsundheden. Research shows that there is a clear link between dementia and poor oral hygiene. The medicine, people with dementia taking, also, that they get dry mouth, which allows a much greater risk of dental caries and fungal infections. Dentists, carers and relatives to a far greater extent focus on the elderly, who do not even maintain a normal life.

Birita Learned, there is the dentist, assistant professor, ph.d. and researcher in Dentistry in Copenhagen, denmark, have in recent years examined the association between dementia and dental health, and the result is striking. Birita Ellefsens study shows bl.a., to the people with dementia had an average of 7 holes in the teeth, already when they got demensdiagnosen, which says something about the problems that people with dementia have with their oral hygiene.

It can mean a significant deterioration of the older people's quality of life. The consequence of poor oral hygiene can bl.a. be pain or discomfort, which can give trouble to eat. At worst, it can mean that they completely stop eating. It is therefore important that the elderly with dementia and their caregivers get the proper guidance on how they should relate to dental care when they are diagnosed, stresses Birita Learned.

– Demented patients need a specially adapted dental care. And here, the dentists the opportunity to make a difference and help to ensure that newly diagnosed dementia patients receive prevention, treatment, and follow-up they need. We have a responsibility as healthcare professionals to help to cover the upbringing and health needs, which is just of the elderly with dementia, sounds the call from Birita Learned.

Birita Learned is among the presenters at the Tandlægeforeningens two-day Symposium on 6.-7. november. A little over 1,600 dentists and 600 dental assistants participating in the event, that has the medically compromised patient as the main theme and takes place in Aarhus, denmark at the Radisson SAS Scandinavia Hotel.

– It is always good to get updated – and expanded – his professional knowledge and ability, and it is of course valid also for dentists. With a view to both the individual dentist's challenges and daily lives, but also with the aim of patients. To dentists in-service training and included in the latest treatment techniques and developments in dental care, get patients in the chair for the benefit, said Tandlægeforeningens president Susanne Andersen.