World News – UA – ‘Tooth Decay Tsunami’ Caused by Locked-Out Diets and Missed Dentist Appointments


Dentists fear a’ tsunami ‘of untreated tooth decay as people have been kept away from dental surgeries during the lockdown

According to an Opinium survey for the Association of Dental Groups (ADG), which represents practices across the country, half of UK parents said their children had missed a check-up since March, while nearly half of all adults missed their appointments

31% said their family decided not to go for an exam or make an appointment, while 13% said they were unable to get one, due to increasing delays caused by the pandemic

Dental offices closed to all non-emergency patients during the early stages of the pandemic, but reopened from June 8 with strictly limited capacity

While most dental offices are now open for face-to-face care, Covid-19 restrictions mean dentists in England must allow a 60-minute ‘fallow period’ after procedures likely to generate aerosol particles, like using a drill

This means that the number of patients they can see is severely limited by dentists As they deal with capacity issues, few dentists accept new patients, leaving tens of thousands of people waiting for be accepted by an NHS cabinet

Missed appointments and increased sugar consumption will have a huge impact on dental health, ADG warns

ADG chairman Neil Carmichael told The Observer: “Before the lockdown there were already serious backlogs of people needing dentist appointments, and ongoing restrictions on dentistry since lockdown only make it worse

« Our big concern are children, whose tooth enamel is softer and thinner, and more vulnerable to sugary ‘lock-in diets’

An ADG report to be released next month should warn that hospital operations will be required to remove unsaveable teeth

In addition to health checkups, oral health programs for some of the country’s most vulnerable children have struggled during the pandemic

Sue Jordan, director of community dental services, which provide oral health services in the south of England and the Midlands, said: ‘No more foreclosure, 90% of our outreach to the poorest communities. most vulnerable in our regions has been interrupted

Dentist, Tooth Decay, Dentistry, Lockdown

World News – UA – « Tooth Decay Tsunami » Caused by Lockdown Diets and Missed Dentist Appointments



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