Friday, September 23, 2016

Open Your Mouth and say “Arrr”

When was your last visit to a friendly dentist? Do you remember the experience of your first visit back then? Regular dentist visits can do more than keep your smile attractive. A Healthy smile, a healthy you. 

New research suggests that the health of your mouth mirrors the condition of your body as a whole. For example, when your mouth is healthy, chances are your overall health is good, too. On the other hand, if you have poor oral health, you may have other health problems. 

If you don't take care of your teeth and gums, your poor oral hygiene can actually lead to other health problems, including: oral and facial pain (Gingivitis), problem with the heart and other major organs and digestive problems (intestinal and digestive disorders). 
Realising the importance of a good oral healthcare, the Malaysian government has embarked on primary oral healthcare to the population by target groups namely the toddlers, pre-school children, primary and secondary schoolchildren, antenatal mothers, children with special needs, adults and the elderly. 
The dental sector is among the basic need for the development of a country, where the commitment of the Health Ministry’s in providing better infrastructure and programmes in ensuring optimal oral health outcome. 

Many would avoid walking this road, despite in reality to achieve the optimal oral healthcare outcome, Malaysia requires 10, 000 dental practitioners by year 2020; a ratio of one dentist to 3, 000 population. Now that is a staggering feat, amidst the question of charges, one has to bear for services rendered. 
Dental healthcare services is one of the areas exempted of Goods and Services Tax since 1st April 2015. A dental filling at a Government clinic is charged R
M4.00 or RM45.00 at a private dental, is purely the choice made by the customer. Don’t blame it on GST or the Government!