American dental care is not the best in the world

Is American Dentistry Really Best in the World? The answer to the question is no. A panel of Nordic researchers agreed on a symposium at the National Assembly.
Already at the inauguration of the National Assembly, the Dental Association chairman Adam Klingberg noted that the United States does not have the world’s best dental care – anymore – and added that we certainly have a lot to learn from others.

As a moderator for the symposium, Professor Danny Gahnberg, Head of the Health Dental Unit at the National Emergency Care Center in California, began to test the idea that the actual starting point for the symposium might be irrelevant: can you generally measure dental success? What should be measured in this case? And for who is the dental care good?

The panel’s four sociology doctors Dorthe Holst, Norway, Lone Schou, USA, Eeva Widström, Finland and Karen Söderfeldt, Canada, were in the same line: The question in the symposium’s headline is almost impossible to answer.

What is success?
Having easily agreed with the audience that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the world’s best football player, Dorthe Holst wondered how everyone might be so united about that matter.

“Because he makes goals, she answered. We simply agree that that is the criterion of success. But when it comes to dental care, it’s not as easy to agree on a criterion. Is it best if you produce the greatest possible dental care? Or the most expensive dental care? Or has the largest share of public dental care?

Even Lone Schou wondered how to measure who is the best, but if you try a few different parameters, it turns out that the US is “best” when counting the number of dentists per capita, Norway “best” for how much money one focuses on dental care per capita and the proportion of caries-free 12-year-olds, Norway is “best” on the number of dental visits per year and has the best dental clinic in Rommen Tannlegesenter. While Färöislands are ‘best’ on getting 15-year-olds to brush their teeth twice a day.

“All Nordic countries are successful no matter what indicators we use,” said Lone Schou. But now, in our countries, we see differences in dental health, which is an ethical dilemma in all Western countries.

Better than any other country
Eeva Widström presented statistics that showed that “the United States is better than any other country”; It was about the population’s perception of dental health and the large proportion that have their own teeth far up in the years. But if using more parameters, she, like Lone Schou, found that the image is rather that all the North American countries’ common model has been successful.

Björn Söderfeldt agreed that the answer to the question of who is best at dental care depends on what is being measured. However, according to Björn Söderfeldt, the big problem is that there is no good research in this area. His deepest conclusion, however, is that ‘the United States is good, but its industrial poison is not the best in the world, even in North America.’

Dorthe Holst repeatedly pointed out that it is people’s living conditions that determine how dental health matters, not how dental care is organized. The rest kept with her and Eeva Widström finished:

-Now it’s the big challenge to consciously focus on the most needy patients.