2023 Author: Anita Thornton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-22 03:30
It's never too late to be informed when it comes to dental he alth. However, many seniors give up on this care, claiming their age. It can be our parents, grandparents, neighbours, relatives, etc.
Dental He alth Month 2011 is underway and the theme of the year is the oral he alth of our seniors. The campaign, which will last all month, will have two objectives: the first being to inform seniors about the links between their oral he alth and their overall he alth, and the second, to remind them that a dental examination is in order, regardless of our age.
A certain mentality can be installed in themselves. A majority wear full or partial dentures and may not care since they no longer have their teeth. But the mouth itself needs just as much care as the teeth. A person wearing complete dentures, day and night, can end up with problems just like a person with their natural teeth.
Of course, a prosthesis does not decay! But if it is worn day and night, is poorly cleaned or neglected (for its adjustment, among others), itcan cause a lot of inconvenience to its owner. Oral diseases, bad breath and gum pain are just a few of these inconveniences.
The maintenance of a denture, whether complete or partial, is similar. In pharmacies, there is a wide range of cleaning products for prostheses, designed specifically for them. The prostheses being made of acrylic, we do not use regular toothpaste, and we must use a brush with slightly less flexible bristles than if it were natural teeth.
Some seniors may still have some or all of their natural teeth. People of a certain age have known the "tooth-pulling" dentists. So when a problem arises, they believe their only option is to extract the problematic tooth. However, it is quite different. Yes, the extraction will remove a sore tooth. But the bone under the gum will suffer. It will find itself useless in its function of supporting the tooth, then it will resorb, thus causing other problems, such as the loss of adjacent teeth which are also partially deprived of support. A vicious circle that many people ignore!
The arrival on the market of implantology solves this problem. When a tooth has been extracted, an implant can replace it. It is a type of screw, made of titanium, reproducing the shape of the root of the tooth. It is installed in the bone during a surgical procedure. The bone will integrate with the implant and vice versapoured. Once this integration is done, we proceed to place a porcelain or ceramic crown on the implant. The bone then regains its role of support, and the crown installed on the implant restores to the person a quality of mastication and phonetics that he may have lost.
Encourage your senior relatives to take care of their oral he alth. It's a gift you'll give them to care. And to use the title of the 2011 campaign: a beautiful smile has no age! For more information, visit the website of l'Ordre des dentistes du Québec.