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Most common dental problems in Germany

Deformities, caries, tartar - these are problems that almost everyone is familiar with. A current survey shows the true state of dental health in Germany. An overview of the results will be given below.

Hardly no-one without tooth decay

Tooth decay is very common and hardly stops at one mouth. 71 percent, or almost three quarters of people in Germany, have already had caries or a hole in their tooth. The older the respondents, the more likely they were affected with the dental problems. Among the 18 to 29-year-olds, 48 percent have already had experience with tooth decay or a hole in the tooth. The risk increases with age, as 79 percent of 30 to 44-year-olds have already experienced tooth decay. If tooth decay or a hole in the tooth is not (sufficiently) treated, the disease can even lead to tooth loss.

Cracked tooth

It seems rare for a tooth to crack. The phenomenon is quite common. Around one in two of those surveyed (47 percent) reported that he or she had already fractured a tooth. Ordinary occasions such as fruit seeds or (sports) accidents can also affect dental health and cause a tooth to crack.

Pretty smile, crooked smile

Who wouldn't want a healthy pretty white smile? In reality, this remains a dream for a fifth of Germans surveyed. 19 percent said they were less or not at all satisfied with the appearance of their own teeth. Another 34 percent of respondents report crooked teeth and have one or more teeth that are not completely straight. Crooked teeth are not just an optical problem. If the teeth are not straight, they can interfere with chewing and make brushing more difficult. This can lead to other diseases, such as caries.

Therefore, in case of a predominant misalignment we recommend regular visits to your dentist. This also ensures a good oral hygiene and healthy teeth. In some cases the dentist can also make a referral to an orthodontist. Usually in such cases, the misalignment of the teeth is as severe as necessary for orthodontic treatment.

Tooth loss

The survey also shows that dental health suffers with age and artificial dentition is becoming more important. Dental prostheses are rarely an issue among the 30 to 44-year-olds, only 13 percent in this age group have lost a tooth, another 21 percent of the 30 to 44-year-olds have or had a dead tooth. Among the 45- to 59-year-old respondents, 31 percent already report tooth loss and 42 percent have or had a dead tooth.

In the event of complete tooth loss, there are three common treatment options:

fixed dentures, removable dentures and a combination of both.

When talking about fixed dentures, we usually talk about dental implants or crowns. Different types of dentures are removable.

Prophylaxis is crucial

For a lifelong healthy smile the right precaution is crucial. A key factor for better dental health is the right hygiene. Correct and regular tooth brushing is therefore the most important basis for maintaining healthy oral hygiene. For this purpose, some important rules must be considered. For example, you should wait at least 30 minutes after eating to brush your teeth so that the PH value in your mouth can be regulated by saliva.

In addition to daily dental hygiene, professional tooth cleaning should also be carried out regularly. Dentists recommend at least 1 time, but better 2 times per year.

Source: Representative survey "Dental Health" by forsa on behalf of CosmosDirekt (October 2018). 1,003 persons of full age were surveyed in Germany.

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