The aim of oral healthcare is to identify problems early and where possible manage these before they have a negative impact on the person.  The oral healthcare needs will vary a lot between individuals. Some will have few immediate treatment needs.  By contrast, others, particularly those who have not been seen by a dentist for many years, can require considerable amounts of dental care.  

Many people remain fearful of the dentist, often because of a bad experience when younger.  Dental care has advanced in recent years and considerable help can be given to people fearful of having dental care allowing them to receive the care that they need.

With any treatments it is a case of balancing the potential advantages and disadvantages.  Planning and delivering any oral healthcare treatment needs to be placed within the context of other healthcare needs and priorities. 

In summary, dental care is very important, but needs to be undertaken at the right time and in the right way.

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