A perfect smile with shiny white teeth, pink gums, and fresh breath seem only like a brush away, but a majority of residents in the UAE are suffering from many hidden dental diseases and so are unable to achieve it.
We’ve listed the five most common oral health problems among the people of the UAE. On top of that list is dental caries, followed by gum and periodontal diseases, plaque, and calculus deposits also known as tartar, stains, and mouth sores.
Dental caries is the most common oral health disease in the UAE. A survey on oral hygiene of UAE residents showed that 80% was suffering from dental caries. Half of the surveyed people only visit the dentist when in pain and 20 % only visit the dentist once a year. The leading cause of dental caries is poor oral hygiene and a diet high in sugar content and junk food.
The problem arises upon the regular consumption of these foods. Hence, dentists recommend eating one large portion of fast food at one time during the day rather than consuming in smaller quantities throughout the day.
A survey on oral hygiene of UAE residents showed that 80% was suffering from dental caries. – Emirates News 24/7
Brushing twice a day and flossing is the cornerstone for the maintenance of oral health. It is recommended that everyone should visit his or her dentist a minimum of twice a year.
Dental caries is not only prevalent in adults, but it is of great concern for parents in the UAE. Nursing bottle syndrome is commonly seen, which is caused when the baby’s teeth are in contact with sugary drinks, formula milk, or sugary water.
Parents should keep the baby’s bottle clean, sugary free, and should not give the bottle for a more extended time while the baby is sleeping. If so, the bottle should only contain water.
Dentists recommended as well that after the first tooth of the child erupts, the child should see the dentist every six months.
2. Gingival and Periodontal diseases
After caries, gingival and periodontal diseases are common in UAE.
Inadequate oral hygiene and systemic diseases also cause these. People having diabetes are more prone to gingival and periodontal diseases; therefore, they need to follow an oral hygiene routine given by their dentist.
3. Dental Calculus (Tartar)
At first plaque forms on teeth if it is not removed by brushing, then it mineralizes gradually and forms hard calculus also called tartar, which then only can be removed by a dental professional. People with plaque and calculus deposits are more prone to gingival and periodontal diseases.
All information mentioned here is supported by scientific evidence.
Smoking not only increases the chance of gum diseases but also cause discolouration of teeth. Similarly, certain foods are also responsible for staining the teeth, mainly coffee, soya sauce, and black tea.
5. Mouth Sores
There are different types of sores that can appear anywhere within the oral cavity. It ranges from mild ones that arise due to trauma or irritation, to very severe ones, which may be due to any malignancy (tumor).
A regular dental checkup is, therefore, necessary to avoid any of these common oral health problems.
What can we do to prevent these common issues?
Dental problems are a leading cause of increased morbidity and decreased quality of life in people, especially as age increases. While dental diseases are more often ignored than any other health condition, regular dental checkups can help improve health states and help to continue spreading smiles throughout your life.
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Secondary source educational information gathered by the author.
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