Saudi Arabian dentists express concerns

A recent survey of 50 dentists in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia revealed rising concern about the current state and the future of oral hygiene among Saudis.

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By  David Ingham Published  December 12, 2005

A recent survey of 50 dentists in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia revealed rising concern about the current state and the future of oral hygiene among Saudis. More than half of the dentists interviewed for the survey agreed that the majority of their patients suffer from tooth cavities, gum diseases or tooth decay due to lack of proper oral hygiene habits. This is of real concern to us,” said Dr. Mohammed Saleem Quoshi, orthodontist at Fahad Dental Center Centre, Riyadh. “If parents are not aware of how they should be taking care of their own oral hygiene, this means that an entire future generation will have severe problems in maintaining healthy teeth.” The survey, conducted in July 2005 and sponsored by Oral-B, showed that the majority of dentists interviewed feel that a lack of frequent and consistent brushing is the main cause of poor oral health. 64% said there was insufficient knowledge of the need for tooth brushing, flossing, the use of fluoride and regular dental visits. Oral-B, the company sponsoring the research, said that it will make the results of the research available to the KSA media in an attempt to stimulate debate on oral health topics. “Evidently, there are gaps in information and low awareness levels with regard to issues related to oral care methods, gum disease, dentist visits and appropriate health care behaviours,” said Ranu Kawatra, regional business director, Oral-B. “Therefore, providing information and validating people’s knowledge about these oral health and care issues is a cornerstone to help minimise the damage.”

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