With an international community often considering the British smile as goofy and crooked, life across the pond might just be the boost expats need to get a sunny new Bondi smile. With the Australian elections just around the corner, those who wish to up their position in the rankings will address the concerns close to those on the ground. For the 90% of Australians who struggle with tooth decay, a few billion into dental care is a welcome addition. Australian dental care, surprisingly, isn’t subsidized by state and expats and locals alike would have to fork out the cash. For those concerned about their physical appearance, cosmetic procedures are not on the cards as yet. Instead, taxpayers will have to make do with those procedures that could lead to other medical expenses. Good dental health, it seems, can have a long-lasting impact on our overall health.
Nutritional Boost Expected With Good Dental Care
Poor nutrition is just one of the challenges those with dental issues have to face. This is because patients often avoid eating from certain food groups, such as nuts, meat, or foods that risk getting stuck. Optimal dental health not only means eating from the right food groups to reduce or prevent tooth decay, it also means keeping your teeth in good health to enjoy a well-balanced and varied diet. For 25% of Australia’s population, this is the reality and those who fall within the low-income bracket reveal a far higher figure that touches the 33% mark.
Addressing Sleep Deprivation Concerns With Dental Solutions
Research reveals that up to 7% of the Australian population experiences sleep apnea, which could have long-term effects on their overall health. Technology is on the cards to discover the actual cause of the sleep apnea, thanks to a device that can monitor temperature, sound, and take video footage at the same time, while small enough to fit into the nasal cavities. Addressing the root cause is one way to approach better sleep, and another is looking at how orthodontics affect sleeping patterns too. Certain anomalies during the sleep cycle include mouth breathing, sleep bruxism, and TMD. Medical professionals have designed orthodontic devices to help with sleep deprivation, and with more budget going into dental advancements, more solutions are on the cards.
A Universal Dental Scheme At The Heart Of It
The top reason for death in men in 2016 was coronary heart disease at 13%, per a report. For medical professionals, the link between coronary heart disease and dental health are apparent and a concerted effort is needed to make access to dentistry affordable and a priority. The Grattan Institute is calling for politicians to create a Universal Dental Scheme, in order to provide the required services to all, including those who fall within the lower income brackets. This scheme will need to provide basic services as well as those that are more specialized and a mixture of public and private services should be on offer to encourage the public to take oral health a little more serious.
The dental focus will be a strong one, considering the amount of pressure from the people. The party that can tick all the boxes, especially this one, will have the upper hand on the opponent.