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Dentists Need to Check for Oral Cancer

According to the charity Cancer Research UK, dentists need to check patients for signs of oral cancer as well as asking patients lifestyle questions.

According to the charity there will be 9,200 cases of oral cancer in the UK by the year 2030 compared with just 6,240 recorded cases in 2009.

The British Dental Association has said that dentists do examine patients for oral cancer as part of routine checkups, but it was only this year the General Dental Council recommended dentists educate themselves on oral cancer as part of their ongoing professional development.

It was estimated that over 70,000 Brits travelled to Hungary for low cost dental treatment last year so it is important that dentists providing dental care in Hungary also check for oral cancer.

Dr Kannmann, a dentist working with Hungarian Dental Travel in Mosonmagyarovar says “I look for the signs and symptoms of oral cancer as well as possible pre-cancerous indications. I also check for the disease lichen planus during consultations with all of his patients including those that travel from the UK”

Oral Cancer can affect the lips, tongue, cheek lining, palate and bottom of the mouth. People over the age of 40, smokers, heavy drinkers and participants of unprotected oral sex are in the highest risk categories.

We found this video explaining oral cancer from Health Canada. We think that the video provides easy to understand patient education

 

 

Related links

General Dental Council

Cancer Research

British Dental Association

 

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70 000 dental tourists visited Hungary in 2011

According to the Medical Tourism Office (Orvosi Turizmus Iroda Zrt) in 2011 Hungarian dentists treated around 70 000 dental travellers.

Most patients were from the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and France, paying an overall 65-70 milliard Hungarian Forint, winning an impressive 40% of the European market share. Most dental patients would travel if the savings can reach 2500 Euro and the overall dental treatment cost per patient is about 4500 Euro.

90% of dental tourists are looking to have extensive restoration work done and dental implants.

Source: http://www.kisalfold.hu/belfold_hirek/milliardokat_koltenek_a_fogaszati_turistak_magyarorszagon/2270540/




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Vampire fangs! Anybody?

This week has gone so fast! Normally, I do write at least 2 blogs a week but not this time. Spring is in the air and I spent most of my time outdoors enjoying the weather.

Anyway, I woke up fairly early this morning and decided to read the news on-line. I was shocked to say the least, when I saw the “vampire woman” on Yahoo’s site… http://uk.news.yahoo.com/vampire-woman-helps-domestic-abuse-victims-111221124.html

This Mexican lady had to suffer abuse for many years and then turned herself into a vampire lookalike. Now she is committed to raise awareness for women suffering from abuse in similar circumstances.

I was reading how she had fangs dentally implanted into her mouth… This is not the first time I came across this. Few years ago we had a dental enquiry from a beautiful model asking if any of our dentists in Hungary would be happy to turn her teeth into fangs. Strange request, I know. Mostly Hungarian dentists would not do such a thing. Not because they are not up for individual request but because they take their profession very seriously and most often say the dental profession is a healthcare and not a fashion business. But our dentist decided to talk to the lady to find out how serious she is about her request and if she is aware of the long term impact and consequences. The patient travelled to Hungary for the dental consultation, spent 3 days in there and came back certain about her decision. In a month time she decided to fly out to Hungary, Budapest and see the dentist this time for treatment and not only consultation. The dentist in Hungary fitted high quality dental veneers, shaped like vampire fangs. In only 1 week time  her teeth were ready and ever-since she has been enjoying wearing them. Few months after this event she recommended Hungarian Dental Travel to her colleagues and we had few more dental enquiries for vampire fangs…

I guess, this is not going to be a booming business and a common request but certainly a very interesting experience…

 


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Dental implant can help getting your chewing function back

Assisting to the success of dental implants

Many dental patients research very well the subject of receiving dental implants. First they have to find out if they are good candidates, at all. Then the research begins. For most the price can be a real issue. Dental implants can provide excellent solution for tooth replacement, so the demand is high. According to a survey there are 75% more implant surgeries performed in Eastern Europe than in the rest of Europe though (http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100413/Impact-of-economic-downturn-on-European-dental-implant-industry.aspx?page=2).

The reason why can be explained through dental tourism. However strange it can sound for some of us, dental tourism is still steadily growing as more and more dental patients are looking for more affordable treatments. Those, who are in need of a dental treatment, probably researched the subject fairly well. On average, dental patients can save around 60%-70% on their dental treatment by choosing to visit a dentist in Hungary. Whilst dental implants start from around £1000 in the United Kingdom, in Hungary they are around £600.

Anyway, wherever you receive dental treatments from, most probably it will cost you a bit of money. So apart from making sure we chose the right dentist, whose skills we trust enough to perform this surgery, most of us will want to contribute in some way towards the success of it all.
There are several things we can do, even if we are generally in good health. It is advisable to implement a vitamin cure 2-3 weeks before the treatment would take place to increase the vitality of our immune system. Cut caffeine and alcohol. If you are preparing for dental implant surgery, most probably you already quit smoking anyway, as smoking can really jeopardise the outcome.

Try eating something nice and not too spicy before your surgery and make sure you are well hydrated.


Before the surgery do discuss your current medication with the oral surgeon and just relax. I know, it is easier said than done, but this is the best way you can assist to the surgeon. I remember sitting at the dentist’s office once and couldn’t help thinking how absurd the situation was. Sitting there, waiting to receive some pain and then even pay for it… But honestly, it doesn’t have to be that painful. Just relax, envisage your brand new smile and the day when you will be able to chew again properly.

After the surgery most probably you will experience some discomfort and the healing process will start. Your dentist will give you some instructions on cleaning. But not many of them will direct your attention towards what to eat or drink and what not to.
You should not eat or drink anything hot for a day (24 hours) to avoid the possibility of increased bleeding. Citric acid should be banned (for example orange or lemon juice) and also fresh milk, coffee, alcohol and black tea. Try to eat foods that don’t need chewing, do not be tempted by crisps, or any other sharp food or snacks. And a general good advice: keep your head up high!

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Eating during dental healing time

Eating during healing time

I have to apologise for not being very active recently. But with the Malev Hungarian Airlines leaving the skies forever, our customer service team was very busy advising and developing new ways so our dental patients from abroad can reach their Hungarian dentists even more easily.

Anyway, yesterday I couldn’t resist having a quick breakfast at my favourite Hungarian cafe, when I spotted an old friend. He was on his mobile talking in a very strange way. When he finished the conversation I went over to greet him. He was glad to see me and straight away started explaining his experience with his dentist.

My friend (let’s call him Robert) is a mayor of a nice, little Hungarian village, he has been for over 15 years now. His teeth were okay, nothing fancy, sometimes he needed the odd filling or root canal, but that was it. Till one day he looked in the mirror and noticed how the enamel of his teeth started disappearing and the colour turning into a darker shade of grey. Well, as his job involves lots of networking and sometimes press appearance he decided to pay a visit to his dentist and ask about his options. The dentist suggested bridges for him for all of his upper teeth, explaining the health and the aesthetic benefits. Most appealing was the possible result of looking even younger, as the new teeth would look a lot whiter and sparkler.


So Robert decided to go for it all. But he had no idea of how many changes this process will bring into his life. He said the dentist started the work on his teeth early January and only 4 weeks later will do the fitting of the new crowns. During the 4 weeks he has to wear temporary teeth… those will not protect from the feeling of cold or hot, so the increased sensitivity due to grinding is present all the time. And the function of those teeth is also very limited. This is only natural, but I asked him who his dentist was. I never heard of her though…. Also advised, next time when he needs a dentist in Hungary get in touch with me, as our dentists would’ve done the job within 5 working days, saving him a whole month of temporary discomfort!

Anyway, this little conversation given me the idea of advising on food. Dental patients travel abroad for all sorts of dental treatments. Yes, the savings are great; in most cases aftercare is also offered. I can only advise on Hungary, as I know its medical developments and believe it offers the best for the foreign dental patients. Normally, there is a healing period for every dental treatment. When receiving new dental crowns or bridges it can be anywhere from 3 days to 10 days. When getting dental implant the healing period can be as much as 9 months. Even receiving teeth whitening could bring in some new rules in our life in terms of what we should and should not eat and drink.

When receiving dental crowns during the healing time dental patients are wearing the temporary teeth (3-10 days) should avoid hot or cold food or drink. Room temperature is the best. Also in most cases chewing is not an option. Whilst staying in Hungary I would highly recommend engaging with the soup culture. Soup plays big part in a Hungarian’s diet, as it is the first in a usually 2 course lunch meal. You have the watery soups, options with meat or vegetables only, as starters. The most popular ones are: gulyas soup, Jokai bableves (a special bean soup), borsoleves (pea soup) and cernametelt soup (thin pasta soup). And they have the thick soup types; they call them “fozelek”, as a main course. English patients find this quite funny.

Once one said: “OK, so if I have soup as a starter and thick soup as main, I dread asking what the dessert is…”

Eating during dental healing time

 

Anyway, it might seem all baby food but great option for those, who still wish to sample some delicious Hungarian cooking that does not require chewing.
Most restaurants in Hungary offer “menu of the day”, usually 2-3 a la carte options for about £3 per person, but also you can find soups and “fozelek” (thick soup) on traditional Hungarian Restaurant’s menus.

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A smelly kiss? No, thanks!

It seems like we celebrated the New Year only a few weeks ago and Valentine’s Day is already fast approaching!

Never mind! I’m always happy to spend it with my husband, cooking nice meals for each other and cuddling up on the sofa. Yes, this might sound boring to you, but we have been together for over seven years now and after the first few years’ of trying hard to impress period, we appreciate the peace and quiet a lot more.

I was just reading though the Valentine’s Day articles and found this one containing a shocking survey (http://www.dentistry.co.uk/news/4842-Donqapost-let-bad-breath-be-the-kiss-of-death) one in every five people are afraid of smiling just because of the state of their teeth…. Can you imagine a man or a woman trying to go out with you, giving a nice big smile with bad teeth? What would you say?

In the other hand, he probably just can not afford spending thousands of pounds on his smile… The solution can be a romantic break to Hungary, Budapest. There are many dental destinations for those patients, who are looking for affordable dental treatments abroad. But Budapest is considered the Paris of Eastern Europe and home to world-class affordable dentists, as well.

Many surgeries will offer free consultations, some even complimentary scale and polish and offers discounts or special rates on good quality hotel accommodation. So, don’t ditch a potentially great relationship just based on a bad smile or bad breath. Unattractive it is, you should see the person behind it and research for the best solution, in this case maybe a dentist in Hungary.


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Hungarian government appointed receiver for troubled Malev Hungarian Airline

Reuters reports on how Hungarian airline Malev got outstanding protection from the government and creditors and how a receiver was appointed, as the government starts preparations for a possible action on grounding all flights. (Read more http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/02/hungary-malev-idUSL5E8D21ZD20120202)

In the recent years Malev became one of the favourite airlines for dental patients wishing to travel to Hungary for more affordable dental treatments. Many have booked their flights already for future treatments are now urged to be cautious and follow the fresh news on the developing situation.

The most popular dental destination Budapest, the Hungarian capital city was well supported by Malev.

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Celeb Tweeps in advertising row

It has been a while I posted blogs to Hungarian Dental Travel’s site. Well, I guess we are all very busy at the beginning of the year and most of us still are in the limbo of catching up from the holidays.

I have to say I love Twitter. Please, let me know what you think of it, but I love interacting with people and finding out gossip. And  I tend to follow few celebrities, as well. Anyway, in previous blogs I taled about Kim Kardashian and her dental tweets, now I am reading how Khloe Kardashian is charging $8,000 or £5,000 for a tweet to promote a service, according to the Daily Mail. What’s more the paper highlighted ne offering an express teeth whitening service. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2092561/Katie-Price-Rio-Ferdinand-centre-Snickers-Twitter-advertising-probe.html).

The Daily Mail article comments on Charlie Sheen, as well, -who was a topic of my blog not long ago (http://hungariandentaltravel.co.uk/charlie-sheen-and-his-teeth)- explaining how he also charges $8,500 per Tweet – or £6,000, according to the PR industry.


I personally have no problem, if a celebrity shares positive or negative shopping experience, or opinion on a brand or on a dentist. But if it is paid for they should display that clearly, other than that it feels cheating, that’s all.

Expensive dentists in the USA and UK can easily pay a celebrity to tweet about their service. They make enough money to pay out. Those dentists, who are trying to offer affordable dental treatments will suffer. Travelling to Hungary or anywhere else in Europe for cheaper dental work can be seen as a strange choice, so dental patients are looking for a reliable resource.  Would Twitter serve this purpose? Not sure….

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Ryanair opens up Budapest as dental tourism destination

As from March 2012 Ryanair opens five new routes from Liszt Ferenc Airport Budapest, Hungary. After an 18months ban the “World Favourite Airline” returns to Budapest, aiming to deliver up to 200 000 passengers a year and creating 200 new jobs in Budapest. To promote the new routes Ryanair is to release 1 million seats all priced from 9.99 Euros.

This event opened up new opportunities for the dental professionals in Budapest and also for the dental travellers putting WizzAir, Malev and EsyJet into direct competition


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Visitors could win 5000 Euro worth of dental treatments

The largest tourism show in Europe opened its gates on the 14th of January 2012 in Stuttgart, Germany. This year a record number of 1958 exhibitors were present for 9 days and not only visitors could get information on attractive destinations but also caravans and motor homes. Amongst 750 caravans and motor homes 81 brand new model and 82 brand were waiting for the audience. The National Hungarian Tourist Board, as a regular exhibitor was mostly promoting the thermal waters, as usual. Also, the National Hungarian Tourist Board’s partner representative “Zahnklinik Ungarn” was there providing information and running a Facebook campaign, participants can win 5000 Euro worth of dental treatments in Hungary.

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