Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Avoid the Dentist and Store Up Trouble; North East People Are Shunning the Dentist and Need to Get into the Habit of Regular Visits. HELEN RAE Reports

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Avoid the Dentist and Store Up Trouble; North East People Are Shunning the Dentist and Need to Get into the Habit of Regular Visits. HELEN RAE Reports

Article excerpt

ROUTINE six-month check-ups seem to be a thing of the past, with not even half of people in the region seeing a dentist that often.

The recent Adult Dental Health Survey showed more than half the families in the North East don't visit their dentist for a six-month check-up.

In response to growing concerns for improved oral hygiene, The Cosmetic Dental Clinic in Newcastle is launching its mouth maintenance campaign.

The scheme has been set up to encourage people to have twice-yearly check-ups and improve their oral hygiene generally.

Research has shown some only visit the dentist once when they are suffering from toothache or have a serious problem.

The most common ailments include gum disease, abscesses and tooth decay, which can result in the loss of teeth.

Dr Andrew Stafford said: "We decided to launch the mouth maintenance campaign after working in the region for the past year and realising there was a need to significantly improve the way people approach their dental care.

"Almost all cases of toothache and other dental problems could be avoided if people were seeing their dentists regularly.

"It is even more critical for children to have an established routine in terms of dental care and the more often they visit from an early age, the quicker they will become comfortable in the clinic environment.

"Children should start visiting the dentist from around three years old so that they can develop good habits and understand the need for oral hygiene in preparation for the arrival of their adult teeth when they turn six."

Mark Gair, 35, who works as a company consultant in North Tyneside, hadn't been to see his dentist in more than 10 years because of a bad experience he had suffered as a child.

But after hundreds of pounds' worth of dental surgery, the dad-of-three said he wished he had not left it so long.

He said: "I hadn't been to see the dentist in about 10 years. When I was a little boy I needed to have nine teeth removed in one go, and it was a horrible experience that stayed with me.

"My memories of that, combined with the fact I hadn't suffered any problems with my teeth, meant I'd never go to a dentist. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.