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Monday, August 24, 2015

Amazing Facts About Dentistry and Oral Health in Costa Rica

Here are eight things you probably did not know about oral health and dental care in Costa Rica:

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  1. The prevalence of caries in preschool age children in Costa Rica is 43.7 percent, slightly lower than in the United States; however, early caries is a health condition that is more likely to be found in rural areas.
  2. The use of fillings to treat cavities (caries) dates back to pre-Columbian, Mesoamerican civilizations. The Aztecs used a mixture of fibers, small iron shavings and fine sand to seal cavities.
  3. Your teeth are as unique as your fingerprints. Even identical twins have very distinct dental imprints. Your tongue can also produce an imprint that is singular and unique, but it is seldom used as a means of identification in clinical or forensic settings.
  4. There is only so much concentrated fluoride that your body can assimilate before it turns toxic. To this effect, you should not swallow toothpaste or mouthwash; moreover, if your children are younger than five years old, you should ensure that they only use toothpaste that does not contain fluoride.
  5. Modern dental clinics in Costa Rica use advanced materials such as zirconium dioxide for implantation; for example, the Flikier Dental Institute features Zirconia Crowns in comprehensive treatments such as All-on-4, also known as Teeth in a Day. However, before such materials were introduced to dentistry, implants came from the mouths of cadavers.
  6. Electric toothbrushes are efficient, but not as much as marketers imply. Dentists believe that the most beneficial aspect of electric toothbrushes is that they are usually pre-programmed to provide at least two minutes of brushing, which should be the minimum.
  7. The dental profession flourished after the year 1886, which is when the Coca-Cola Company formally started operating.
  8. Many people in Costa Rica put a cap on their toothbrushes after they are done brushing; the idea is to protect it from being exposed to unpleasantness such as airborne fecal matter in the bathroom. Alas, this practice is actually detrimental since bacteria may grow inside the moisture retained by the cap.


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