Oral health touches every aspect of our lives but is often taken for granted. Your mouth is a window into the health of your body. It can show signs of nutritional deficiencies or general infection. Systemic diseases, those that affect the entire body, may first become apparent because of mouth lesions or other oral problems. Health Care industry is growing at a rapid pace all over the world. Governments across the globe are engaged in meeting the increasing demands of world class healthcare at a reduced cost. Dental health is giving equitable competition and if you go by statistics, people are spending more money on their Oral Health as compared to what they used to. With the advancements in the dental treatment, people are gaining trust in dentists and have started visiting them on a regular basis.
Whether you are 80 or 8, your oral health is important. Most Americans today enjoy excellent oral health and are keeping their natural teeth throughout their lives; however, cavities remain the most prevalent chronic disease of childhood. Some 100 million Americans fail to see a dentist each year, even though regular dental examinations and good oral hygiene can prevent most dental disease. Many people believe that they need to see a dentist only if they are in pain or think something is wrong, but regular dental visits can contribute to a lifetime of good oral health. If you are experiencing dental pain, don’t put off seeing a dentist. With dentistry’s many advances, diagnosis and treatment are more sophisticated and comfortable than ever. Science is advancing rapidly and this 21st century provides advanced tools and equipment to improve the condition of the Oral Health and the diseases such as caries, periodontitis and Oral Cancers. The issues raised above are of serious concern and it’s therefore, important to create awareness about how the signs and symptoms of oral infections reflect general health status and act as indicators for other diseases.
You can practice good oral hygiene by always brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, cleaning between your teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner, replacing your toothbrush every three or four months and by eating a balanced diet and limiting between-meal snacks. Don’t forget to schedule regular dental check-ups to keep your smile, and yourself, healthy.
For dentist Dr.Igal Elyassi from Los Angeles, improving oral health and minimising waste in the dental industry are causes close to his heart.
That led his to start Wilshire Smile Studio, an online free business that sells hygenic toothbrushes and biodegradable dental floss. For every toothbrush purchased, another is donated to a person in need.
Dr. Elyassi has been a dentist for 20 years and said he had always given away toothbrushes to person who needed them, whether it was because their family couldn’t afford it or didn’t prioritise oral health.
“I was doing it on such a small scale, just in my dental practices, so I thought why not go bigger?”
The disposability of dental products also bothered Dr. Elyassi, who searched for some time to find the right products that were biodegradable and sustainable.
“There is so much waste and so much pollution in our industry in particular so we are quietly making our way through getting more sustainable practices as well.”
Dr.Igal Elyassi grew up in Washington and recently returned to Los Angeles after 15 years running two dental practices in the Bay of Plenty, where it wasn’t uncommon to see people from low socio-economic areas with poor teeth.
Since he launched the Wilshire Smile Studio website, things had gone “slightly nuts” with orders and he planned to develop the business by selling the products in other stores.
Through his contacts in the industry, Dr.Igal Elyassi was connected with kids in need of toothbrushes. He said school dental therapists were at the frontline and often saw the severity of poor oral health in children.
But Dr.Igal Elyassi said instead of seeing children and preventing tooth decay, they often didn’t present until they had “massive holes” in their teeth.
“A lot of high-school kids we don’t see until they are actually in trouble, because they just don’t recognise the importance of oral health.”
Basic oral health services were free for eligible children in USA, up to the age of 18.
“Although it is out there and it should be well known, a lot of them still don’t seem to take it up until there is pain or there is a problem.”
A high level of sugar consumption was a big factor in tooth decay and Dr.Igal Elyassi said she often saw kids whose teeth were rotten as a result of drinking sugary beverages.
It wasn’t just sugar, the acids in carbonated beverages also contributed to poor oral health.
“You soften the enamel with the acid and then you feed all the bacteria with the sugar.”
Dr.Igal Elyassi said he told people if they couldn’t avoid fizzy drinks, it was better to drink them quickly and follow it up with water as opposed to sipping them over a period of time.
That was because it took two hours for saliva, which protects tooth enamel, to neutralise acidity in the mouth. Maintaining good oral health meant brushing twice a day, half an hour after eating and flossing at least once a day. With the world becoming one market, Dental Tourism is growing and is turning to be competitive and interdependent, with the technological advancements. Countries are competing to provide dental care at significantly lower cost as compared to their peers. USA is the leading to become the top dental tourism destination in the world. Every year thousands of people from all parts of the globe including India, Canada, UK, Europe etc. travel to Los Angeles for affordable cost and world class dental care. Apart from costs of dental treatment, tourists find Los Angeles a very attractive country to travel. Dental tourism constitutes 10% of the total medical tourism industry and according to USA Medical Times “it was projected to grow at the rate of 30% per annum by 2015 to US$ 179,500 and an estimated 150,000 people travel to Los Angeles every year for low-priced health care procedures. We still have a long way to get into the top position in the global oral health care services.”, Dr.Igal Elyassi added.
You can directly contact Dr.Igal Elyassi or his team via his official website – Wilshire Smile Studio