Western Leader : February 15th 2011
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Classes run on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings. Short courses start 8 March 2011 at our Mt Albert campus. Enrol now. Speak another language Dutch French German Italian Japanese Mandarin Samoan Spanish UNLAN147 Fear big barrier to fixing bad teeth By CATHERINE HEALY Fresh start: Micheal King had neglected his teeth for 20 years but worked through his fear of the chair with Dr Alex McIntosh's help. Photo: CATHERINE HEALY Micheal King broke the habit of a lifetime last year and went to the dentist. A bad experience with a school dental nurse meant he hadn't set foot in a dental clinic in 20 years. I don't think anyone really likes going, but I never really got over that. I had put up such a strong barrier in my mind,'' he says. While Mr King is reluctant to go into the details of exactly how bad his mouth was, his dentist Dr Alex McIntosh says it was one of the more challenging cases he has worked on. But the biggest job was to overcome his psychological issues,'' Dr McIntosh says. As an education consult- ant, former primary school principal and keen singer Mr King often faces large groups. I had got to the stage where I was good at hiding it. People couldn't tell how bad it was.'' He says even his wife didn't realise quite how bad his teeth was. I had to come clean with her, and next thing I know she's got the White Pages out and making an appointment.'' The results of the national oral health survey released in December showed that while New Zealanders' dental habits have improved, we're still not taking proper care of our teeth. Of the 3196 Kiwis who had a dental exam as part of the survey, 35 percent of adults had untreated dental decay and 33 percent had gum dis- ease. A quarter of adults surveyed said they had experienced pain in their mouth, jaw or face in the pre- vious four weeks. Men, young adults, Maori, Pacific Island people and those living in low socio- economic areas had poorer oral health and made fewer visits to the dentist. Tooth loss and untreated dental decay featured promi- nently in the results for Maori. Mr King says: The total package of healthy living is something we're now trying to push with our own marae. It's important for our older people to learn, even though it may be too late for some of them with their own teeth, because our children tend to spend a lot of time with their elders and so they need to be saying the right things.'' Mr King was concerned that if he didn't seek help the state of his teeth could affect his overall health. I've read about the relationship between the health of your teeth and your heart,'' he says. I'm now facilitating a strategy for healthy schools on behalf of the Ministry of Health. I thought, I've got to buy into this. It was time to do something. I can't be the messenger and be doing something different.'' Mr King says he's always pushed good dental hygiene practices with his own chil- dren. But I feel much more com- fortable sitting in the dentist's office with them now.'' Dental care is free for children in New Zealand up to the age of 18. Phone 0800 TALK TEETH for information. Get on ya bike to work Drop the car keys and get pedalling for Go By Bike Day tomorrow. The February 16 event --- part of Bike Wise month --- aims to get commuters on their bikes and to promote a healthier way to get to work. This month is dedicated to promoting the benefits of cycling and encouraging com- muters to take it up. More than 2000 organ- isations took part in last year's challenge. Go to www.bikewise.org.nz for more Bike Wise month activities and events.
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