In the development of medical science there are several of key areas which have yet to be understood to the true effect, one of these is losing teeth which is significant part of the aging process and has major impact on daily lives. However, solutions are being designed to increasingly help quality of life with dentures which practically and aesthetically restore the area of the original teeth to a degree where the individual look and feel normal.
Oral health problems are a continuous side effect of missing teeth oredentulism, more common in the elderly. Unfortunately, due to the significant knowledge gapand lack of understanding, the importance of denture care has made many vulnerable to the serious effects of bad oral health and are reluctant to seek advice or care of the dentures in the correct way.
Larger organisations such as GlaxoSmithKlines’ denture brand, Polident have taken the issue into their own backyard, by launching a knowledge base aimed at informing and teaching the denture audience to look after their oral health and wear dentures in the correct manner. Complete or partial dentures need to be cared for and cleaned as the user would with their own natural teeth, otherwise decay such as plaque and tartar will build up between and on the denture causing a combination of bad breath, stains, gum build up and even begin to effect remaining teeth with cavities.
The low awareness surrounding the importance of caring for dentures are yet to be realised by the majority of users. A report performed by the Canadian health survey has issued statistics regarding the problem of tooth loss, of the 34.88 million population it is estimated that 6% of adults aged between 20-79 years do not have any of their natural teeth whereas this number greatly increases approaching 60-79 years of age where 22% of adults have experienced edentulism.
In 2011, the case of Glenn Dougherty, 80, who suffered for years because of incorrect fitting dentures who unpretentiously stated he had gotten to the point where he could hardly eat solid food and modestly survived on liquid foods. After years of suffering Glenn, with help from a Christian benevolent organization, came up with the $12,000 needed to get new denture implants.