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There are many things that you can do to help improve your dry mouth symptoms and reduce your risk of dry mouth-related health problems.
- DRINK LOTS OF TAP WATER. Aim to drink at least 1.5 litres of tap water a day.
- Drink water by the glass or half glass. Try to avoid constant sipping as it washes away any protective effect of the remaining saliva in your mouth.
- Eat breakfast. Choose something chewy e.g. crunchy cereal or toast. Chewing helps to stimulate the flow of saliva.
- Chew MINT flavoured sugar-free gum or suck a MINT flavoured sugar-free lollies. Fruit- flavoured gum or lollies can be acidic, damaging the lining of your mouth or dissolving the surface of your teeth.
- Keep your mouth clean. Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. If possible. Brush after every meal.
- Avoid snacking on sugary food or drinks between meals. This will help reduce your risk of tooth decay.
- Avoid acidic foods and drinks, such as fizzy drinks, fruit juice, fruit teas and pickles. If you must have them, reduce their effects by keeping them to meal times. The safest drinks are tap water and milk.
- Avoid salty or spicy foods. These may irritate the lining of your mouth.
- Avoid alcohol, tobacco, tea and coffee as these can reduce the flow of saliva.
- If you do drink tea and coffee, and cow’s milk; this will help reduce the drying effects.
- Your dentist will be able to check for any signs of oral health problems related to your dry mouth, so see your dentist regularly.
Your dentist may suggest some products that may help reduce your risk of tooth decay and acid erosion of your teeth. They may also suggest suitable rinses and mouth sprays to help with lubrication and protection.
Access and affordability of dental care can be problematic for some in Australian Community. Therefore, dental tourism is increasing becoming more attractive to some patients due to decreased expense, increased convenience and immediacy of treatment. However, there are significant issues for both clinician and patient in regards to dental tourism. Lack of accountability and regulation are the main issues and this is particularly evident when complications occur.
Access and affordability of dental care can be problematic for some in Australian Community. Increasingly, some patients have been turning to treatment overseas as an option rather than accessing routine dental care in Australia. There are some benefits for accessing dental care in Australia. These include increased affordability, speedy completion of treatment plans, convenience of treatment, combination of treatment with some leisure activity or visiting family and avoidance of public waiting lists. The affordability factor is a significant issue as a procedure may be performed at a far lower financial cost compared to the amount that a patient would otherwise spend in Australia. This affordability has been made even more attractive be a recent strong Australian dollar as compared to other currencies and the ease and affordability of overseas travel. Improvements in the standard of care overseas may also play a role.
Medical or dental tourism is a term that describes seeking medical or dental treatment in another country. The necessity for travel may be the sole or primary motivation for medical or dental treatment sought. The internet and internet advertising may also be an important source for accessing and researching treatment possibilities overseas.
However, there are significant disadvantages to dental tourism. The main issue for patients undertaking dental tourism is accountability. Accountability implies the professional, moral, legal and ethical duty of the practitioner regarding the outcome of treatment. Once a patient leaves the country that they have undergoing treatment in, it may be difficult to address accountability, even if the patient returns to that country. If complications occur, review and management by the practitioner who provided treatment is almost impossible. Patients are often not covered by insurance companies and are unable to seek compensation. Therefore, clinicians in their home country may be warranted with managing complications and giving seconds opinions. There has been reluctance by local practitioners to provide medical treatment, however they are obliged to make a diagnosis and provide treatment. Other disadvantages may include differences in training and risk of nosocomical infections, particularly those that are blood-borne.
Implant dentistry is now part of dental care which is practised by both generalist and specialist alike. It could be considered as the gold standard of care for the management of the partially or fully edentate patient. However, the cost of implant treatment as a treatment option can be prohibitive and this can be the justification for seeking dental tourism. Complications related to dental implants may be related to the patient, implant or prosthetic components and these complications are seen by oral and maxillofacial surgeons in both hospital and outpatient settings. Little has been documented in the literature regarding dental tourism, particularly in reference to dental implant treatment. The aim of this paper was to document a series of cases with suboptimal outcomes related to dental implant placement in the setting of dental tourism that have presented to the Department of Oral and maxillofacial Surgery at both the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne.
The modern success rate for non-complicated dental implants is approximately 93% to 98% at five years, generally depending on the number of stages of surgery, surgical training and the timing of loading. A number of factors can influence implant failure, including, patient factors, such as poorly controlled diabetes as in case 1; implant related factors such as the implants places in case 2; and restorative factors as in case 4. Case 5 was also interesting as it demonstrated a failure in communication.
Failure in implant dentistry does occur, in Australia and overseas. Clinician training can also be quite variable where in Australia may range from company sponsored courses over period of days to periodontal or full oral and maxillofacial surgical training, including undergraduate training in dentistry and medicine. However, the benefit for patient who does not travel overseas for treatment comes from multiple levels of accountability. It is the regulation of dentistry which allows this accountability to be available to protect the patient. These levels include various state and now federal legislation, state and federal dental boards, the Australian Dental Associations (ADA), both state and federal, and compulsory clinician indemnity. In this way, if complication does occur, there are a number of mechanisms for the patient to be followed up and managed in an appropriate fashion. If the management of such complications are suboptimal, then opportunity exists through the dental boards, the ADA and the legal system to claim recompense. This may be quite difficult to undertake for treatment carried out overseas and it is this lack of accountability which is the main issue facing Australians and dental tourism.
Regulation can also be an issue affecting different countries in their practise of dentistry. This can also affect the materials used in the treatment of patients. This issue is particularly important in regards to sterilization and hygiene processes, and the risk of cross-contamination and nosocomial infections as some overseas countries may have a higher prevalence of specific infectious agents and poor cross-contamination control. Regulation is also important in defining the minimum training requirements for dentists and their scope of practise.
These cases of complications related to implant dentistry treatment illustrate some of the issues that dental tourism may experience when seeking dental implant treatment overseas. Although the patients ranged in socio-economic status, a common motive for treatment overseas was to save on cost. Some of the patients were visiting their country of origin. However, two of the patients (cases 1 and 5) were not. It is important for clinicians to educate and advocate to their patients regarding the costs or treatment, particularly in relation to dental tourism. The costs of service and running a practise, but for the provision of safe and effective dentistry where the clinician is accountable for the planning, quality and outcomes of treatment.
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We hope to provide everyone with an insight into the latest techniques, technologies and developments from the dental world. In Australia, we have a very high standard of dentistry, and we would like to relay this to you, wherever you are in the world.
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It used to be that if a tooth was infected or the nerve in the tooth was dying, the tooth would have to be extracted. Today, because of a procedure known as root canal treatment the infection can be treated, the injured nerve taken out and the pain associated with such symptoms alleviated.
A common reason for root canal treatment is an infected or abscessed tooth, which may result from a deep cavity, periodontal disease, or even a fractured tooth. Sometimes trauma like a sharp blow to the mouth can result in damage to the pulp (nerve) of the tooth. Should you have symptoms such as swelling, sensitivity to hot and cold or discomfort on touching your tooth, a dentist should be consulted immediately.