Higher subsidies for dental care in Norway

22. February 2010  
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Among the Norwegian government's election promises was that it would extend the subsidy to voksenbefolkningens dentistry.

It must partly be done by making the examinations free of charge for people over 75 years of age, and may impose a ceiling for an upper user fees on an annual dkk 3,000., after which the public provides completely or partially the grant for other expenses. The amount is dkk 3,000. provided that 80 % of the patients have an annual cost to the dental care of up to dkk 3,000.

In order to ensure a geographically better tandlægedækning considering the government to introduce a scheme, which means that the general practitioner dentists receive a fixed amount per. registered patient equivalent to what applies for the general practitioners.

Grants to voksentandpleje in Norway is today defined as særomsorg, as the grant does not include the entire population, but only being given to the dental treatment as a result of, among other things, rare medical disease, lip-jaw-palate - cleft and dental injuries in connection with the accident.

So far the plans only on the drawing board, but the government has as a general objective, that the state gradually assume greater responsibility for the population's oral health.


Read more in Tandlægebladet no. 2 2010 or on the www.tandlaegebladet.dk

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.

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