April is Oral Health Month – A Factual Guide to Oral Care in Canada
Only through comprehensive research can we, as a society, move forward in combating many of the oral health issues that exist within Canada. While our research companies and our research practitioners are making great strides in terms of new treatments, many challenges still exist in helping patients achieve optimal oral care across the country. Within this article, we’ll present a few facts to enlighten our readers on several predominant challenges the oral health industry faces.
57 per cent of Canadian Children between 6 and 11 years Old have had a Cavity
The number of children suffering from dental cavities and decay is rising across the country. We’re now at the point where the majority of children ages 6-to-11 have had a cavity. While there is little conclusive research behind the rise in cavities in children, one possible cause put forth by experts is the changing diet of our young children. Many children are now drinking juices and soda products with high sugar content as well as consuming highly acids foods and drinks that can quickly wear down their teeth’s enamel. It is imperative parents teach children about oral health from a young age, and begin taking their child to the dentist by age two. This can help combat potential issues with cavities as they grow.
Six Million Canadians per Year Avoid Visiting the Dentist for Economic Reasons
The latest data shows that six millions Canadians will put off that important trip to the dentist simply because they don’t feel that they have the financial resources to pay for treatment. However, we know that oral health care is essential to our long-term wellbeing and so it’s important to work with dentists to ensure affordable care options. Most patients will find that our office extends financing programs for those who cannot pay the full treatment amount during their initial visit helpful. These programs ensure a simple payment process. It’s important to remember the value and long-term importance of your oral health and to speak with our team when financial elements are the only concern in achieving treatment. There is usually a solution to this type of problem. Remember too that keeping current with your oral health may prevent small issues from turning into larger and potentially more costly problems!
28% of Canadians Floss at Least 5 Times a Week
There are many preventable dental health conditions and flossing is one of the leading preventative measures Canadians can take to improve their oral health. Yet the vast majority of Canadians are still not flossing regularly. Why not purchase floss during a future visit to the grocery store and then begin using the product during your daily dental care regimen? Simply flossing for one minute a day can help protect against a range of oral and systemic health conditions.
By understanding the data and reviewing their own personal oral health regimen, Canadians can take a small yet active role in improving oral health across the country. To learn more, speak with one of our office experts directly!
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