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(New York Daily News)   26,000 British children ages 5 to 9 have been hospitalized in the past year for a) rotten teeth b) seriously, it really is rotten teeth c) fark's sake, these kids' teeth make Shane MacGowan look like an Osmond   (nydailynews.com) divider line 93
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2014-07-14 10:07:07 AM
That's totally not a problem in America. Right, West Virginia? West Virginia? Where'd you go bud? Seriously I got this case of Mt Dew for y'all.
 
2014-07-14 10:27:58 AM
Maybe they should consider fluoridating their water. (Do they already?)
 
2014-07-14 10:46:54 AM

Ambivalence: Maybe they should consider fluoridating their water. (Do they already?)



Only for about 10% of the population.
 
2014-07-14 11:05:36 AM
Maybe they should fluoridate their tea.
 
2014-07-14 11:16:17 AM
does NHS cover dental care?  What is the nature of this coverage?  I remember hearing something along the lines they just punted on dental coverage.
 
2014-07-14 11:53:08 AM
That doesn't happen here in the USA -- where we have about 4 different names for sugar and a multibillion dollar a year snack business directed at kids.

Of course, there's probably no real figures on tooth decay here because there's no government assistance available to cover the astronomical costs. Costs which have grown so huge that, years ago, most companies which provided health insurance to their employees, dropped dental care.

Around here, no one gives a crap if you die from a dental infection. Show up at an ER with an agonizing abscessed tooth and they'll give you prescription grade Motrin and send you on your way, telling you to see your dentist.

ER's don't do dental x-rays to spot that pocket of puss in your jaw, don't do blood tests to spot signs of a spreading infection through your system and even if you show up with an open, draining ulceration from a bad tooth, they'll most likely give you antibiotics and tell you to see your dentist.

But, you don't have one because you can't afford the costs.

If you have health insurance, most likely it does not have dental. The premiums are too high. Many physicians will let you pay on time, especially if it's the part Medicaid doesn't cover. Dentists will not. Medicaid/Medicare will cover diapers, have your OTC supplies delivered to your door at No Cost To You, pay for a $6000 scooter and other things -- but not dental.

It used to cover one set of dentures in your lifetime. However, you had to foot the bill for having any remaining teeth yanked. Last I heard, that set of dentures was among one of the first things cut during the restructuring of the program.

It used to be $10 to pull a bad tooth. Then, sometime in the early 70s, it reached $50. By the 80's it got hard to find a dentist who pulled teeth because they wanted you to spend $500 on a root canal. By the 90s, that $500 went up to $750.

Implants -- all the rage now -- can cost $1000 per tooth. An initial visit to a dentist just to see what work you need can run over $160.

Crooked or discolored teeth are a minor inconvenience in comparison to infected ones. Abscessed teeth can kill you. The pain can become excruciating and drive you crazy -- literally and, if you have a bad heart, cause a heart attack.

Infected teeth can knock your immune system all to heck and back, give you a host of diseases and are susceptible to causing blood poisoning -- which you can't detect easily because it's in your mouth. They can also become gangrenous. For adults, an infected tooth left untreated can contribute to a heart attack. Bad teeth can seriously affect your diet because it becomes difficult to chew.

We've already had some kids die from abscessed teeth. No telling how many adults have done so.

BTW, you can have genetically bad teeth. Quite a few folks have taken excellent care of their choppers, only to find them still rotting away - especially after age 40.
 
2014-07-14 12:43:50 PM

Rik01: 4 different names for sugar


*rolls eyes*

Guess what?  Those are different things.  They all have calories, but that doesn't make them chemically identical.

//Also: you forgot a few dozen sugars
 
2014-07-14 12:44:42 PM

Rik01: That doesn't happen here in the USA -- where we have about 4 different names for sugar and a multibillion dollar a year snack business directed at kids.

Of course, there's probably no real figures on tooth decay here because there's no government assistance available to cover the astronomical costs. Costs which have grown so huge that, years ago, most companies which provided health insurance to their employees, dropped dental care.

Around here, no one gives a crap if you die from a dental infection. Show up at an ER with an agonizing abscessed tooth and they'll give you prescription grade Motrin and send you on your way, telling you to see your dentist.

ER's don't do dental x-rays to spot that pocket of puss in your jaw, don't do blood tests to spot signs of a spreading infection through your system and even if you show up with an open, draining ulceration from a bad tooth, they'll most likely give you antibiotics and tell you to see your dentist.

But, you don't have one because you can't afford the costs.

If you have health insurance, most likely it does not have dental. The premiums are too high. Many physicians will let you pay on time, especially if it's the part Medicaid doesn't cover. Dentists will not. Medicaid/Medicare will cover diapers, have your OTC supplies delivered to your door at No Cost To You, pay for a $6000 scooter and other things -- but not dental.

It used to cover one set of dentures in your lifetime. However, you had to foot the bill for having any remaining teeth yanked. Last I heard, that set of dentures was among one of the first things cut during the restructuring of the program.

It used to be $10 to pull a bad tooth. Then, sometime in the early 70s, it reached $50. By the 80's it got hard to find a dentist who pulled teeth because they wanted you to spend $500 on a root canal. By the 90s, that $500 went up to $750.

Implants -- all the rage now -- can cost $1000 per tooth. An initial visit to a dentist just to see what work you ne ...


You seem to care deeply about teeth and dental-related issues.
 
2014-07-14 12:44:43 PM

SlothB77: does NHS cover dental care?  What is the nature of this coverage?  I remember hearing something along the lines they just punted on dental coverage.


NHS cover of dentistry is spotty at best. Which is bad news for me because I just got back from holiday and had a dental mishap, and am now looking at spending between £1-2,000 to sort it out. Money I could have been spending on another holiday.

Chicks dig guys with a front tooth broken in half, right?
 
2014-07-14 12:44:53 PM
I bet their breath smells like they just ate a double decker shiat sandwich with a tall glass of diarrhea to wash it down.
 
2014-07-14 12:45:19 PM
deadhomersociety.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-07-14 12:46:11 PM

PainInTheASP: Maybe they should fluoridate their tea.


Done.
 
2014-07-14 12:46:31 PM

GORDON: You seem to care deeply about teeth and dental-related issues.


Everyone needs a hobby.
 
2014-07-14 12:46:31 PM

Rik01: That doesn't happen here in the USA -- where we have about 4 different names for sugar and a multibillion dollar a year snack business directed at kids.

Of course, there's probably no real figures on tooth decay here because there's no government assistance available to cover the astronomical costs. Costs which have grown so huge that, years ago, most companies which provided health insurance to their employees, dropped dental care.

Around here, no one gives a crap if you die from a dental infection. Show up at an ER with an agonizing abscessed tooth and they'll give you prescription grade Motrin and send you on your way, telling you to see your dentist.

ER's don't do dental x-rays to spot that pocket of puss in your jaw, don't do blood tests to spot signs of a spreading infection through your system and even if you show up with an open, draining ulceration from a bad tooth, they'll most likely give you antibiotics and tell you to see your dentist.

But, you don't have one because you can't afford the costs.

If you have health insurance, most likely it does not have dental. The premiums are too high. Many physicians will let you pay on time, especially if it's the part Medicaid doesn't cover. Dentists will not. Medicaid/Medicare will cover diapers, have your OTC supplies delivered to your door at No Cost To You, pay for a $6000 scooter and other things -- but not dental.

It used to cover one set of dentures in your lifetime. However, you had to foot the bill for having any remaining teeth yanked. Last I heard, that set of dentures was among one of the first things cut during the restructuring of the program.

It used to be $10 to pull a bad tooth. Then, sometime in the early 70s, it reached $50. By the 80's it got hard to find a dentist who pulled teeth because they wanted you to spend $500 on a root canal. By the 90s, that $500 went up to $750.

Implants -- all the rage now -- can cost $1000 per tooth. An initial visit to a dentist just to see what work you need can run over $160.

Crooked or discolored teeth are a minor inconvenience in comparison to infected ones. Abscessed teeth can kill you. The pain can become excruciating and drive you crazy -- literally and, if you have a bad heart, cause a heart attack.

Infected teeth can knock your immune system all to heck and back, give you a host of diseases and are susceptible to causing blood poisoning -- which you can't detect easily because it's in your mouth. They can also become gangrenous. For adults, an infected tooth left untreated can contribute to a heart attack. Bad teeth can seriously affect your diet because it becomes difficult to chew.

We've already had some kids die from abscessed teeth. No telling how many adults have done so.

BTW, you can have genetically bad teeth. Quite a few folks have taken excellent care of their choppers, only to find them still rotting away - especially after age 40.


My dad had a tooth pulled for about $150 in cash a year or two ago. The dentist will negotiate once they realize they won't be getting the bigger service, since it's either pull or nothing if it's not a major smile tooth.
 
2014-07-14 12:47:31 PM
Getting a kick because i just had a wisdom tooth out that was rotted away down to the roots. Took forty minutes with drill and pliers to get the rest of that sucker out.
 
2014-07-14 12:47:58 PM
My kids have a taken a greater interest in brushing/flossing since I have been showing them pictures of kids with rotten teeth.

I tell them if they don't brush they'll get bugs.
 
2014-07-14 12:48:29 PM
My woman works at a dental office in Flint, Michigan (it's like Detroit but smaller and even more poor!)

So, you bet your sweet, sugary soft drinks that kids in America darn well are like this too.  It's called apathy, and unfortunately, it is universal.  :(
 
2014-07-14 12:51:40 PM

miniflea: Getting a kick because i just had a wisdom tooth out that was rotted away down to the roots. Took forty minutes with drill and pliers to get the rest of that sucker out.


I need to see a dentist about getting what is left of my upper two molars removed. They shattered some time ago, and all that's left are shards of tooth just sticking out. Given that there are no longer any roots or major nerves left, I do wonder what holds the remaining pieces in...
 
2014-07-14 12:52:29 PM

EdNortonsTwin: My kids have a taken a greater interest in brushing/flossing since I have been showing them pictures of kids with rotten teeth.

I tell them if they don't brush they'll get bugs.


*noted for future use.

I was terrible at brushing, nothing my parents said could make me bother. That might have. I'm quite fortunate though, I might have genetically decent teeth, as the only problem I have is an overbite, and a tooth I broke last Friday whilst on holiday eating pasta, of all things...
 
2014-07-14 12:52:44 PM
If I ever get ~$6k together, I'm going to have opposing molars.

Dad had bad teeth.  So did his mom and dad.  I have bad teeth.  My brothers and sisters, too.

Smoking cigarettes doesn't help.  But genetics is the major problem I think.
 
2014-07-14 12:52:46 PM

Rik01: Abscessed teeth can kill you. The pain can become excruciating and drive you crazy -- literally and, if you have a bad heart, cause a heart attack.


Cf. Russell Banks' novel Affliction.
 
2014-07-14 12:52:47 PM
I could never happen here, right?

i280.photobucket.com
 
2014-07-14 12:53:16 PM
USA! USA! We lead the world in tooth decay!

/also civilian war deaths, nuclear weapons usage, downright fattiness, jingoism, religious intolerance, idiocy...
 
2014-07-14 12:55:01 PM
Had a back molar broken by a dentist who pulled out my wisdom teeth. One of my wisdom teeth was so hard to get out that they had to break it in half just to remove it. I can still hear that cracking noise to this day.
 
2014-07-14 12:55:01 PM
In before Brits point out that their snaggly yellow teeth are healthier than most?
 
2014-07-14 12:57:18 PM
one thing i have never understood is how they can separate out different things to insure here in the US.  Now I understand the $$ involved, but really.  Health insurance should cover the WHOLE body, not just certain parts.
 
2014-07-14 12:58:01 PM
i1.wp.com
 
2014-07-14 12:59:50 PM
Good teeth are for the rich, as they are the only ones that can afford them.

//And I think America has an unhealthy obsession with having perfect teeth.
///England might have gone a little too far in the opposite direction
 
2014-07-14 01:01:06 PM
We are going to take a class picture, please keep your mouths closed.
 
2014-07-14 01:02:09 PM

bdub77: That's totally not a problem in America. Right, West Virginia? West Virginia? Where'd you go bud? Seriously I got this case of Mt Dew for y'all.


I think you meant to reference Texas, Arizona, and California.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/23/us/23sfdental.html?pagewanted=all
 
2014-07-14 01:03:08 PM

PainInTheASP: Maybe they should fluoridate their tea.


Too Much Tea Leads Detroit Woman To Fluoride Overdose
http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2013/03/24/460558/
Henry Ford Hospital Bone & Mineral Research Head Sudhaker Rao says the patient drank the equivalent of 100 cups of tea a day for 17 years.  He says she lost all her teeth and doctors at first thought she had cancer, but as it turned out,  she was suffering from a fluoride overdose.
 
2014-07-14 01:05:18 PM
With all the awful stories out of Britain lately I was afraid it was the other end getting messed up.


/never
//go
///atm
 
2014-07-14 01:11:10 PM
So a few years back medicaid started covering dental for kids under 18. At the time my husband worked for a small chain of rural clinics in south east Louisiana, everyday the dentist was in he did several full extractions all for persons under 18 because their teeth were that rotted. All of these kids will require dentures for the rest of their lives.
 
2014-07-14 01:11:39 PM

Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: USA! USA! We lead the world in tooth decay!

/also civilian war deaths, nuclear weapons usage, downright fattiness, jingoism, religious intolerance, idiocy...


Republicans...
 
2014-07-14 01:13:44 PM
media.topito.com

For Headline Reference Purposes.
 
2014-07-14 01:15:36 PM

meat0918: Good teeth are for the rich, as they are the only ones that can afford them.


Or at least for the somewhat disciplined. Most of us will avoid any real significant dental problems by flossing regularly and properly brushing twice a day. Limiting sugary drinks also helps.
 
2014-07-14 01:15:52 PM

Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: USA! USA! We lead the world in tooth decay!

/also civilian war deaths, nuclear weapons usage, downright fattiness, jingoism, religious intolerance, idiocy...


Yay exceptionalism!

By the way, I've never mentioned it, but damn your name gives me a happy every time I see it. Brilliant moniker.
 
2014-07-14 01:19:04 PM
Daily News 'avin a laugh?

i253.photobucket.com

Porky pies....innit mate?
 
2014-07-14 01:19:25 PM

mercator_psi: Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: USA! USA! We lead the world in tooth decay!

/also civilian war deaths, nuclear weapons usage, downright fattiness, jingoism, religious intolerance, idiocy...

Yay exceptionalism!

By the way, I've never mentioned it, but damn your name gives me a happy every time I see it. Brilliant moniker.


TYVM.
 
2014-07-14 01:21:12 PM

Ambivalence: Maybe they should consider fluoridating their water. (Do they already?)


But, what about their precious bodily fluids?

/ MEIN FÜHRER, I CAN WALK
 
2014-07-14 01:22:30 PM
Mine aren't bad per say, but a lot of kids in my generation were given tetracycline and I was one.  It stains the teeth a brown color that cannot be removed by any known means.

I look at my yearbooks from high school and it's evident that a lot of kids in those years were given the stuff.  My brother is 4 years younger and he never took it...so his teeth are not stained from it.  My older sister and I are SOL.
 
2014-07-14 01:25:13 PM
Brush your teeth and use Listerine or something with Thymol in it.  Couple times a day and right before you go to bed.
These people are not doing this--they're also not bathing regularly or washing their clothes.
I'm 58 with nice teeth because I clean them.
What is wrong with the U.K.?  I notice a general indifference to hygiene there.
 
2014-07-14 01:27:11 PM
i1168.photobucket.com

American celebrity is the paramount of dental hygiene.

And they shore got some purty moufs on that show.
 
2014-07-14 01:27:23 PM
My mother live in Puerto Rico when Cokecola was first introduced. She said the change in children's dental health was shocking.
 
2014-07-14 01:29:24 PM

ELKAY: So a few years back medicaid started covering dental for kids under 18. At the time my husband worked for a small chain of rural clinics in south east Louisiana, everyday the dentist was in he did several full extractions all for persons under 18 because their teeth were that rotted. All of these kids will require dentures for the rest of their lives.


Teche Action Clinic, right? Some of the people who work there aren't bad--some are downright nice--but I've met one or two who can't be bothered to give a shiat.

I had to go to the one in Houma to get a couple prescriptions when I moved back home from Lafayette.
 
2014-07-14 01:29:38 PM

miniflea: Getting a kick because i just had a wisdom tooth out that was rotted away down to the roots. Took forty minutes with drill and pliers to get the rest of that sucker out.


I had a 12-year molar do that. It had been wrapped in a band for my headgear. Rotted down to the roots by the time I was 20. I never felt a thing.
 
2014-07-14 01:34:24 PM

Ed Grubermann: My mother live in Puerto Rico when Cokecola was first introduced. She said the change in children's dental health was shocking.


When Coke was introduced into NYC, the change in children's mental health was shocking too....


hookedonhouses.net


COKEE-COLA...COKEE-COLA...COKEE-COLA...

 
2014-07-14 01:37:59 PM

PainInTheASP: Maybe they should fluoridate their tea.


starsmedia.ign.com

Disapproves.

/"Children's ice cream, Mandrake."
 
2014-07-14 01:40:42 PM
$8K out-of-pocket to get braces as an adult.  That's not including the extraction of the tooth that never erupted in my lower jaw and the cost of the implant to replace it.

Grand total, it was $15K for my husband and I to both go through it together.  My husband had jaw surgery, which was covered by medical, but every penny of the orthodontic care we required came right out of our bank accounts.

Do I regret it?  Not in the least.  Do I understand it when all studies point to healthy teeth equating with healthy people?  Nope.  Same goes for vision insurance.  It all comes down to money.
 
2014-07-14 01:45:25 PM

Rik01: That doesn't happen here in the USA -- where we have about 4 different names for sugar and a multibillion dollar a year snack business directed at kids.

Of course, there's probably no real figures on tooth decay here because there's no government assistance available to cover the astronomical costs. Costs which have grown so huge that, years ago, most companies which provided health insurance to their employees, dropped dental care.

Around here, no one gives a crap if you die from a dental infection. Show up at an ER with an agonizing abscessed tooth and they'll give you prescription grade Motrin and send you on your way, telling you to see your dentist.

ER's don't do dental x-rays to spot that pocket of puss in your jaw, don't do blood tests to spot signs of a spreading infection through your system and even if you show up with an open, draining ulceration from a bad tooth, they'll most likely give you antibiotics and tell you to see your dentist.

But, you don't have one because you can't afford the costs.

If you have health insurance, most likely it does not have dental. The premiums are too high. Many physicians will let you pay on time, especially if it's the part Medicaid doesn't cover. Dentists will not. Medicaid/Medicare will cover diapers, have your OTC supplies delivered to your door at No Cost To You, pay for a $6000 scooter and other things -- but not dental.

It used to cover one set of dentures in your lifetime. However, you had to foot the bill for having any remaining teeth yanked. Last I heard, that set of dentures was among one of the first things cut during the restructuring of the program.

It used to be $10 to pull a bad tooth. Then, sometime in the early 70s, it reached $50. By the 80's it got hard to find a dentist who pulled teeth because they wanted you to spend $500 on a root canal. By the 90s, that $500 went up to $750.

Implants -- all the rage now -- can cost $1000 per tooth. An initial visit to a dentist just to see what work you need can run over $160.

Crooked or discolored teeth are a minor inconvenience in comparison to infected ones. Abscessed teeth can kill you. The pain can become excruciating and drive you crazy -- literally and, if you have a bad heart, cause a heart attack.

Infected teeth can knock your immune system all to heck and back, give you a host of diseases and are susceptible to causing blood poisoning -- which you can't detect easily because it's in your mouth. They can also become gangrenous. For adults, an infected tooth left untreated can contribute to a heart attack. Bad teeth can seriously affect your diet because it becomes difficult to chew.

We've already had some kids die from abscessed teeth. No telling how many adults have done so.

BTW, you can have genetically bad teeth. Quite a few folks have taken excellent care of their choppers, only to find them still rotting away - especially after age 40.


Heads up: under ACA pediatric dental has to be covered. Medical policies now have dental riders for dependent children.

/work in dental insurance and getting a kick out of these replies.
//this why kids have yet to be introduced to anything but milk and sugar
 
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