Good teeth, good health - "Bite into raw carrots, a green apple or corn on the cob without fear" - Quebec's denturists



    MONTREAL, April 10 /CNW Telbec/ - People with partial or total tooth loss
often also have chewing problems. These difficulties can, unfortunately, lead
them to eliminate foods from their diet that are rich in vitamins and
minerals, such as many fruits and vegetables that are hard to chew(1).
    Because April is oral health month, denturists would like to remind
people that there are solutions to their problems and encourage them to obtain
professional advice for the best treatment for their condition. "It is never
too late to take care of your health and improve your ability to chew a
variety of foods despite tooth loss," said Suzanne Fiset, d.d., spokesperson
for Quebec's denturists.
    Studies show that people with strong teeth consume more fruit and
vegetables than people who are missing teeth(1)(2). Moreover, people with
partial or total tooth loss tend to compensate for the lack of calories by
consuming more sugar and fats(3).
    The message from Quebec's denturists is clear: don't give up on the
pleasures and benefits of good eating habits. The consequences of not
replacing missing teeth or wearing inadequate dentures can be greater than you
think.

    Denture care is available
    -------------------------

    "Wearing dentures over a long period of time results in bone resorption,
which reduces the crest that serves as the support for the denture. Unstable
dentures will move when a person speaks and make chewing difficult; this also
leads to injuries and ulcers. If your gums can no longer stand raw vegetables
and if your dentures frequently move or cause you pain, you could be an ideal
candidate for a prosthesis on implants," explained Ms. Fiset.
    Dental implantology has made so much progress that today it can
satisfactorily resolve major problems resulting from the partial or total loss
of teeth. In essence, implants are artificial dental roots to which a crown or
a denture has been attached. These implants, most of which are made from
titanium, result in comfortable and effective chewing. Installed by a dentist,
the implants that anchor a denture ensure full stability. With instructions
from a dentist, the denturist will make a prosthesis that is almost as solid
as natural teeth. "Your dentures will now be more comfortable, stable and
solid, so you can finally bite into an apple and smile with confidence," added
Ms. Fiset.
    Beyond the important functions of chewing, healthy digestion and clearer
enunciation, a "new set of teeth" contributes to self-esteem, which makes a
person's smile-and entire personality-more radiant.

    Public awareness campaign for oral health
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    Take action today to find out more about all the available treatment
options. Go to www.odq.com to get the telephone number of a denturist near
you.
    Quebec's denturists are also proud to participate in the Quebec
government's program, "Move more, eat better" which emphasizes the importance
and pleasure of eating at least five fruits and vegetables a day(4). Since
March 2007, news capsules on health have been airing on TV, and the restaurant
sector has been actively involved in the awareness campaign. The program will
continue over the next few months with speaking engagements at large and small
businesses to remind employees about the importance of including fruits and
vegetables in their lunch box and having them on hand in their desk drawer.

    About Quebec's denturists
    -------------------------

    Denturists are recognized health-care professionals specializing in the
development, production, installation and adjustment of full and partial
removable dentures and prostheses on implants. They take their clients' health
and eating habits to heart, providing them with a full range of services that
fit their budget. Denturists can be recognized by the initials "d.d." after
their name. There are over 910 denturists across Quebec. It is recommended
that people who wear a dental prosthesis consult a denturist at least once a
year for a standard denturology examination.

    

    (1) Hutton, B. et al. Is there an association between edentulism and
        nutritional state?  J Can Dent Assoc. March 2002; 68(3): 182-7.
    (2) Affections dentaires et parodontales. Manuel de nutrition clinique -
        OPDQ 2000, 5.1, page 5.
    (3) Muller, F. Oral health, dental state and nutrition in older adults.
        Z Gerontol Geriatr. October 2005; 38(5): 334-41.
    (4) Eating well with Canada's Food Guide.. Health Canada. 2007.
    




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