The research undertaken showed that 72% of parents believed their children to be in good oral health and ensured they visited the dentist. This figure was only 67.7% in 2003.
(PRWEB) January 31, 2014
Tariq Drabu, Manchester dentist and owner of the Langley Dental Practice in Middleton, Manchester, was speaking recently about recently published research conducted by the College of Dental Medicine and Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in the USA.
Manchester based Tariq Drabu where he has been running his successful practice for over 25 years. In addition he is a mentor to postgraduate students and he is the Clinical Lead Dentist for the Oral Surgery Clinical Assessment and treatment Services for NHS Heywood Middleton and Rochdale. After such a distinguished and illustrious career in dental medicine, he is in a unique position to understand the important role medical research plays in improving dental care. He said, “The research shows that parents are looking after their children’s oral health. This is excellent news. Sadly, the research reveals that adults do not take as much care with their own oral health.”
Tariq Drabu, leading Manchester dentist, was referring to an article recently published by the Denistry Today website. The article highlights statistics which show the state of oral health depend very much upon age. The article can be read here.
Tariq Drabu, who is based in Manchester, remarked, “The research undertaken showed that 72% of parents believed their children to be in good oral health and ensured they visited the dentist. This figure was only 67.7% in 2003. The increase is significant and is surely a result of increased education in schools and via health services. The report also indicates that 71.5% of parents stated that their child had visited a dentist within the last year. Sadly, the statistics for older patients is not as positive. Shockingly, 77% of adults over 50 years of age had not had any form of professionals dental cleaning in the last year. It is hardly surprising that cases of serious gum disease and oral mouth cancers are on the increase.”
Tariq Drabu, speaking in Manchester said, “Poverty is the biggest factor affecting the health of the nation. The report indicates that adults who live in poverty have the poorest oral health. Shockingly, while children from poor backgrounds are more likely to receive the dental care they need, adults who are poor or on very low incomes are not accessing the dental care they require.”
He closed by saying, “This is an extremely serious issue. The government must address this issue to ensure everyone is able to access the dental care they need. There must be a correlation between the increase in cases of oral cancers and these statistics which show that older people are not visiting the dentist regularly. The dental profession is doing everything it can to encourage people to attend. Public information is helping to inform people about good oral health. But clearly, the government must also help people in poverty to access the health care they so urgently require.”
About Dr Tariq Drabu
Dr Tariq Drabu is a highly experienced and well known Manchester dentist and GDC registrant. He is accredited as a Specialist in Oral Surgery by the General Dental Council. Dr Tariq Drabu practices at his Langley Dental Practice in Manchester. Dr Drabu is a leading name in dentistry, with more than 25 years’ experience in both general practice and hospital dentistry. Dr Tariq Drabu is also the Clinical Lead Dentist for the Oral Surgery Clinical Assessment and Treatment Services at NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale. He is a specialist staff member at The UCLan Dental Clinic in Preston.