Common dental problems in Denmark

Tooth problems may not be a talking point in some parts of the world; could be due to lifestyle differences, disparity in exposures or just outright negligence. But, whichever the perspectives that we individually hold about tooth problems, a common point is that toothache or any dental problem can’t be a joke-those who have experienced the biting pain of a toothache can relate. In Denmark, millions of different ages and gender visit dentists for various problems such as periodontitis, gingivitis and carriers. So when you come to Denmark from another country of the world, it would be necessary to be on the watch out for common tooth problems and seek regular checks or treatment from approved dentists. The pain caused by nerve endings around the tooth can be so unbearable and we all need to proactively monitor our own dental statuses. 

Denmark is a happy nation and one of the things contributing to this aspect is the fact that key priority goes towards ensuring optimal and all round medical care for residents. Even in cases where the government can only give partial subsidies, the balance is reasonable enough for people to pay plus the approved practitioners too have their premises within access. 

The Danish government has a universal healthcare system that covers the healthcare needs of the Danes and to a large extent qualified expatriates. Definitely, nothing can match up to the comfort and assurance one gets from having good health. 

Your dental confidence contributes to general wellness in Denmark

No honest person will agree that there is any comfort or confidence that comes with having highly painful or improperly positioned teeth. The smiles you wear, the laughs and public image one cuts have something to do with their own appearance and feeling. A painful tooth knows no secret. It will send you from your bed, will not tolerate tea, water or any food until such a time when you take the necessary and bold step to visit a dentist for check-up and possible treatment.

It’s imperative to also learn a thing or two about Taking Care of your Infant’s Teeth in Denmark

There is a general perception that people in Denmark, especially Danes rarely open up or express their feelings so openly more so to strangers. But one reality is that they are first human before being Danes which means that when having tooth problems, they too just like other expatriates wont show any joy and enthusiasm 

Be extra vigilant with signs of a stubborn tooth

Being that smoking is a common thing in Denmark and people also heavily drink coffee alongside other carbonated drinks, they are already highly predisposed to dental illnesses. To experience excessive confidence to smile will therefore require extra effort in ensuring personal oral health encompasses the health of your teeth, gums, and the entire oral-facial system that would allow you to smile, speak, and also chew. So, investing in and giving your health, especially dental health, a first priority is key. It implies that as much as you give much attention to other things in your life, focus on your oral hygiene with an equal measure.

Denmark isn’t off the hook of being places where dental health issues remain a priority. Yes, people there really have a high  access to dental healthcare and information to promote oral health but this doesn’t mean they have completely escaped some of the nagging dental conditions. Here are yet some of the common tooth problems to be wary of in Denmark;

Periodontitis among people in Denmark

When your gums and the bones surrounding and supporting your teeth are inflamed and infected, the resulting outcome is a gum disease. Sometimes known as the Infection of the Gum, periodontitis is one tooth problem in Denmark that has remained to be a common disease. It is quite unfortunate that very few persons in Denmark take their oral care seriously hence the low number of dental visits recorded. 

Dentist demonstrating how to correct a tooth attacked by Periodontitis

The universal care system in Denmark fails to fully cater for your dental care visit expenses and one has to pay the difference of the subsidy from their own pocket. Dentistry is usually very expensive, a reason why many would often opt out of having regular visits to the dentist. With a recorded low turnout for regular dentists visits annually it only means one thing, there are very few turning up for treatment of periodontitis. About 12% of the Danish population are treated for periodontitis oral disease and this is not even close to the expected number. 

Records state low treatments which imply high risk for other health issues given that oral diseases connect to the diseases from other parts of the body. A trending story from one Associate Professor at the Department of Odontology Christian Damgaard, shows a science revelation of the connection existing between diabetes and periodontitis. The low-income groups in Denmark are the most affected by dental issues since they rarely go to the dentist. You can always manage your oral health routine by using interdental brushes but this still cannot prevent you from periodontitis.

Tooth Decay cases in Denmark 

Tooth decay remains to be another most common chronic disease in both adults and children despite it being highly preventable. The major cause of tooth decay in Denmark is highly attributed to poor oral hygiene habits. The breakdown of your tooth enamel by the acid producing bacteria in the plaque collected on your teeth especially on the chewing surfaces causes cavities. If you are the type of person who loves to chew, eat, and drink foods with high levels of carbohydrates then this bacterium is likely to produce acid that causes an outer coating to your tooth enamel. 

A dentist working to correct dental cavities

Cavities are very preventable and yet the most chronic diseases throughout the lifespan of most Danes particularly the marginalised group. One danger of untreated tooth decay is how it causes abscess under your gums which could easily spread to other parts of your body. The spread may in turn lead to serious results which in some minimal instances could be fatal.

Tooth Sensitivity

Most Danes also suffer from tooth sensitivity that occurs when the tooth enamel becomes worn out and the dentin remains open. The dentin comprises tubes that lead your nerves deeper into your tooth. It is when a hot or cold substance reaches the nerves through these tubes and causes an instant intense pain. Sometimes also known as dentin hypersensitivity, tooth sensitivity has remained to be a major tooth problem for the Danish population. Tooth decay is the major cause of tooth sensitivity and it is common in Denmark, so is tooth sensitivity. The other possible causes are also gum disease, root infection, cracking or broken tooth, enamel erosion, worn-out crown fillings, and receding gums.

Oral Cancer 

Though smoking is not so common with most Danes, there is still a recorded prevalence in the occurrence of oral cancer. High risk behaviours like smoking, use of smokeless tobacco, and excessive use of alcohol are the critical contributors of oral cancer. If there is no early detection, the survival rates from these types of cancer can be very minimal. In addition, the human papilloma virus which is a common STD can also cause cancer of the mouth just at the back of the throat. Oropharyngeal cancers may occur as a result of an interaction of HPV and tobacco particles.