While there is some evidence that shocking images of cancer and death on cigarette packs may have an impact on smoking behavior, it might be questioned whether ugly smiles (due to periodontitis and bad dentistry) would actually let patients hurry to their dentist doctor for prevention. The British Society of Periodontology will face, after BREXIT, enormous problems as most dental care has recently been provided by (cheaper) expat dentists with EU nationalities who now fear of being expelled soon.
Oral health in the Kingdom has always be considered awful. But that is a direct consequence of bad dentistry, not “tolerance” of the British people as was suggested here.
6 August 2016 @ 10:45 am.
Last modified August 6, 2016.
I vividly remember a particular oral examination in Kuwait when the external examiner, a professor from Sweden, had not shown and I and then chairman of the surgical department, Tryggve Lie from Norway, had to quiz the bright candidate by ourself. It was quite an inspired exam, much about figuring out whether deeper understanding of underlying biological mechanisms of pathogenesis and healing of periodontal disease was present or not .
When we discussed periodontal regeneration, I asked the candidate at one point whether she could recall the cover of the new edition (the fourth, of 2003) of what is still referred to as Lindhe’s textbook. No, she said but we had a copy at hand. It had actually puzzled me for some time, in particular the authors had not mentioned their source. It apparently showed a histological section of an implant which was in touch with two remaining roots. On page 658, in chapter 28 on Regenerative Periodontal Therapy, the image appears again. The legend tells,
” Fig. 28-13. Microphotograph of a titanium implant placed in contact with retained root tips (a). A distinct cementum layer (arrows) and periodontal ligament (PL) in continuity with that on the roots (R) is visible on the implant surface.”