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.

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

”Sweet” cultural background affects children cariesrisiko

10. april 2010  
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If the mother and father have a short education or non-western background, the risk of caries in children is significantly larger than that of the average. It shows a new Norwegian study, published in Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology.

In the survey received 523 children made tandundersøgelse, while the parents responding to questions about the socio-economic conditions and on own tandplejevaner. In the group of parents with non-western background and education had the children, respectively, nine and twelve times more at risk for incipient caries in the enamel and tandbenet. This is due to excessive sugar intake, and lacked regular brushing.

Non-western background and education
“In the group of parents with non-western background and education had the children, respectively, nine and 12 times as likely to have incipient caries in enamel and in dentin. However, the confidence intervals for these probabilities was quite large, ie. uncertain and one should also notice that it is about 24 children out of a total of 523”, says Dorthe Holst, professor of samfundsodontologi at Oslo University, and adds:

"There is much to indicate that there is a "sweet", and not too systematic tandbørstekultur behind the numbers. Småbørnskulturen in part non-western families is different than it, which gradually came to characterize most of the nordic. We also find high cariesaktivitet among Norwegian children, but it is rather a windows - than a kulturudfordring. Fortunately, studies of the same issue, among 14-16-year-old children and young people in Oslo, have shown that the differences are blurred. A good and respectful communication with current families at risk should be able to give good results”.

Read more in Tandlægebladet no. 4 2010 or on the

Better oral hygiene can save respiratorpatienters life

10. april 2010  
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One of the most frequent complications in patients in hospital intensive care units are pneumonia. Lungeinfektion in connection with respiratory therapy affects not only older people, but weakened patients of all ages. In a large american study, recently published in the American Journal of Critical Care, researchers examined the effect of performing extended oral hygiene with a bl.a. suction, cleaning and brushing two times a day on respiratory therapy.

In many cases, it is in fact bacteria from the oral cavity which are the cause of the complications and thorough oral hygiene can according to the study, reduce the risk of lungebetændelsen and the resulting costs, writes Tandlægebladet.

Read more in Tandlægebladet no. 4 2010 or on the

Dentists want greater fee for no-shows

10. april 2010  
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Some of the dentist's rates are established in the so-called tandlægeoverenskomster, to be concluded between the Tandlægeforeningen and the Danish Regions. As the negotiations between Tandlægeforeningen and Danish Regions began in February 2010, it was bl.a. with a desire from the Tandlægeforeningens page to discuss a higher udeblivelseshonorar at the agreed major treatments.

Today is the fee for no-show set for 229 kr., regardless of the scope of the agreed treatment. It considers Tandlægeforeningens negotiator, Bear Haulrig, is not reasonable.

“Udeblivelseshonoraret is perhaps reasonable in relation to the fees charged for a study, but it stands in stark contrast to the cost of a lack of earnings, if h occurs in the context of a larger planned treatment such as a root canal or a larger pa-treatment,” says Bjørn Haulrig to Tandlægebladet and continues:

“Even worse, it seems, if there is planned a large operation, where there is reserved yet more time. In addition to this, the ambience sterile is wasted – a spot, that is both time-consuming and costly,” emphasizes Bear Haulrig.

How much the maximum cost for the patients by the absence of major planned treatments have Tandlægeforeningen not yet settled on, since the scheme could also be combined in other ways, than the current model, e.g. to be dependent on the reserved time.

Although the collective bargaining with Tandlægeforeningen and Danish Regions started in February, negotiations will in all probability continue for the rest of the year. And by then, there will certainly be no change in the fee for no-show on the agreed treatments.

Read more in Tandlægebladet no. 3 2010 or on the

Oral care is important for the plejehjemsbeboeres nutritional status

15. February 2010  
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Oral care improves nutritional status in dependent elderly show a japanese study.

Good oral care has an influence on BMI and cholesterol in the elderly

53 nursing home residents were included in the study. Which got a group of professional oral care three times weekly for a year. A second group served as the control.
When the year had elapsed, had people in both groups, among the second measured their BMI and cholesterol, and the figures were then compared.

In mundplejegruppen found no decrease in the above indicators, while in the control group measured significant decline over the past year. The authors behind the study concludes that oral care is important for nursing home residents – it helps to maintain a good nutritional status.

Read more in Tandlægebladet no. 2 2010 or on the

Tungepiercinger provides sponge

20. december 2009  
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Tungepiercinger giver svamp i munden

2 out of the 10 piercings in the tongue allows the fungus in the mouth

A study published in the journal Oral Diseases shows that tungepiercinger gives the sponge. In an israeli study were 115 young healthy tungepiercede persons, compared with 86 healthy young people with piercings outside the mouth. Twice as many of the tungepiercede (20 %) proved to have fungus.

Read more in Tandlægebladet no. 15 2009 or on


Patientforsikring convicted for speech about drug

4. december 2009  
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Tandlægeforeningens Patientforsikring has today been ordered to pay CMS Dental € 2.5 million. kr. in damages.

Judgment in a case concerning an article in the Tandlægebladet from 2005. In the article advised the president of the Tandlægeforeningens Patientforsikring dentists to be careful when they used the 4 % articaïne for anesthesia in the lower jaw.

The judgment clarifies, not whether there is greater risk by using the articaïne than by using other anesthetics for anaesthesia in the mandible.

Tandlægeforeningens Patientforsikring take the judgment into account.

The president of the Tandlægeforeningens Patientforsikring, dentist Jahn Legarth, said:

– When I was invited to write the article to Tandlægebladet, there were previously been written in the magazine about the articaïne. Lægemiddelforsikringen was oriented and thus there was also passed information to the Danish medicines agency, which has responsibility for the safety of medicines. I don't know what I would have done, if I in advance had known that the article would lead to a lawsuit, which has had high personal costs for me.

Tandlægeforeningens president Susanne Andersen says:

The judgment contains some scary prospects. It will be important for us, for the medical associations and other health organizations. We are concerned that the high court's judgment will be perceived as a restriction of freedom of expression in the medical debate on the possible adverse effects of medicines. The judgment does not change that it is the individual dentist's duty to advise his patients in the best way possible and to report side effects to the Danish medicines agency.

Tandlægeforeningens Patientforsikring has not yet taken a position on whether the judgment should be appealed.

Tandlægeforeningen and Tandlægeforeningens Patientforsikring have no further comments on the judgment.

Dental care for homeless people and social vulnerable spreads

24. november 2009  
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It is no longer only at Bisserne in Copenhagen, that homeless people can get their teeth. Aalborg, Randers, Odense and Aarhus, have now also been granted money to tandplejetilbud to the social vulnerable. At the same time the Copenhagen look forward to another clinic.

– It is absolutely amazing, that socially disadvantaged people in several places in the country can now get their teeth. Homelessness is not a special phenomenon in Copenhagen. On the contrary. There will be more and more homeless in other major Danish cities. And it is incredibly gratifying that dental care is so well represented in the appropriations for social vulnerable, says dentist Peter Østergaard, who is the chairman of the Bisserne, who operates a dental clinic in the Men's home in Copenhagen.

Even if the joy is also great in Randers, Aalborg and Odense, are the three cities at the same time disappointing that they have been denied on their applications for the operation of tandklinikkerne.

– It is scandalous that we haven't got the money for the operation of the clinic. It seems the foolish thing to give us money to establish a clinic and, at the same time ensure that we can actually operate the clinic, says the dentist Reiff new center established, which is one of the main responsible for the project in Odense. Dentist Majbritt Jensen from the project in the municipality of Aalborg, backs up about it.

The dedicated dentists are now working to ensure funds for the operation, so dental care for the homeless also can be a reality in Randers, Aalborg and Odense.

Read more in Tandlægebladet no. 14 2009 or

Bad breath is often constipation

25. september 2009  
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Recent Danish research shows that the explanation of bad breath, often to be found further down than in the oral cavity. The culprit may be constipation, which is the case in up to every fourth patient complaining of bad breath. The solution is usually a healthier lifestyle.

Senior physician at the Surgical Department at Hillerød Hospital Tarmlaboratorium in Elsinore, dr.with. Dennis Raahave estimates that 5-10 % of all danes suffer from chronic constipation, while approx. 20 % of them also have bad breath due to the accumulation of digested food. He experiences most often it is the patients ' spouses, who must go to confession and tell the patient that he or she has bad breath. But it comes often as a surprise to both parties, there is a connection between intestinal problems and bad breath, as most people associate the symptoms with the oral cavity or the stomach.

Western lifestyle will get the blame
When many danes suffer from constipation, this is because according to Dennis Raahave very much our western lifestyle, with sedentary work, wrong eating habits and our perverse relationship to the restroom. If the patients with hidden or chronic constipation needs to be the bad breath rid, it requires that they get a well-functioning bowel. In the quest for good breath helps exercise, high fiber and low fat diet, and intake of fluid each hour.

Tarmspecialist instead of the Dentist
Dentists who can't find the explanation for the bad breath in the oral cavity of their patients, are advised to ask whether the patient has digestive problems, stomach ache or feel bloated, uncomfortable, tired and lethargic. If the patient can recognize some of these symptoms, should he or she be examined by a tarmspecialist.

Read more in Tandlægebladet no. 11 2009 or on

We are ready to fight obesity

27. august 2009  
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Tandlægeforeningen interfering in the current debate about whether dentists should measure and weigh the children in order to prevent obesity.

”In Tandlægeforeningens the executive committee we find it natural that dentists are to prevent the problem of obesity among children and young people. Dentists in some municipalities already involved in multi-disciplinary advice on diet and healthy lifestyles. However, this should be done in accordance with the health visitors, doctors, dietitians. Tandlægeforeningen don't want to assume the task which others think they have a better educational foundation for that promise,” says a member of the Tandlægeforeningens company executive Inge Marie Behrndtz, in the magazine's leader.

Danish dentists happier than Swedish
Publicly employed dentists in Denmark have greater job satisfaction than their colleagues in Sweden. It highlights the preliminary results of the Swedish research project ”The goda arbetet”, which is along the way. Despite the stress and other negative factors at work shows the preliminary figures so that 69 percent of the Swedish and 77 percent of the Danish dentists experience of job satisfaction in the high or very high degree.

Are redheads more tandlægeangste? ... and other research results, Tandlægebladet not brought
If you are born with a long and a short leg – you get more often krydsbid? Are true redheads more tandlægeforskrækkede than the other? Form herbal tea a special risk for patients with braces?

Read more in Tandlægebladet no. 10 2009 or on

Your dentist can detect osteoporosis

25. June 2009  
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With the help of x-rays can dentists help to detect osteoporosis, which particularly affects the elderly and middle-aged women. It writes lecturer, dr.odont. Ib Sewerin in an article in the Tandlægebladet.

According to the WHO suffer from ca. 400.000 danes of osteoporosis, also called brittle bones, which reduces the strength of the bones and causes frequent bone fractures. The most common injury is the forearm and hip fractures as well as ryghvirvelsammenfald. The disease particularly affects women, and approximately every third woman will experience a hip fracture in the course of his life. Despite the prevalence of osteoporosis, however, it is not economically or practically possible to systematically screen the population for the disease.

Most people come regularly to the dentist, where they regularly need to have taken x-rays of the teeth and jaw. Osteoporosis turns out bl.a. typically by the width of the mandibular bone is a little narrower than usual. Also, a bit of the bone have disappeared, or it may be less strong and robust than normal.

Out from the x-ray and a series of simple questions about your health and lifestyle can the dentist, thus, to detect whether a patient has osteoporosis or is at risk for developing the disease.

Dentists can thus help to identify patients with osteoporosis at an early stage and send them for further medical check-ups, so the onset of serious consequences can be prevented.

The entire article can be read in Tandlægebladet no. 8 2009 or on

Younger dentists are not scared of the province

8. June 2009  
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When the newly qualified dentists will be finished at the studio in either Copenhagen or Aarhus, are not afraid to seek jobs in the province. New figures from the Tandlægeforeningen shows that younger dentists graduated after 1990 are evenly distributed over the entire country, when it comes to private practice. It writes Tandlægebladet.

Seen in relation to the total number of dentists in private practice dentists trained in the period 1990-2005, approx. 29 per cent. Distributed in the regions of northern Jutland is the smallest share at 23 per cent. at between 29 and 31 per cent. in the other regions.

When the younger dentists choose job, player challenges, co-workers and working hours play a significant role. The geographical location of the workplace is less significant. It tells three randomly surveyed dentists to Tandlægebladet.

The entire article can be read in Tandlægebladet no. 7 2009 or on