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It seems that 33% of Filipinos wear dentures, which according to recent research is the largest among the developing parts of the world.

The data comes from a survey carried out by UK based pharmaceutical firm Glaxo Smith Kline who presented the information to dentists at a conference held in Manila in April 2012.

It is believed that the major reason for such high incidence of denture wearing in countries like the Philippines is because of bad oral health over many years. With a population of around 63 million this translates into 21 million Filipinos who have not looked after their teeth and oral cavity well enough to retain their own teeth.

Further, poor oral health also creates other major problems over time including eating and talking difficulties. And since dentures become loose and ill fitting over time, this can exacerbate the situation.

One of the UK dentists attending the conference in Manila told reporters: “Denture wearing is now less common, mainly because dentists and patients are now more concerned about saving teeth. But it still is a good part of my practice.”

He added: “Probably the most important preventative tool is fluoride. It can be delivered through toothpaste or through water as part of water fluoridation schemes, or in milk or in salt depending where you are in the world.”

Countries like the Philippines are only now starting to be part of the wider developed world. As such, oral health has until now been low down on the list of priorities for most poor people. But dental health nowadays is so tied up with general medical health that dentists feel it is now more important than ever for poorer and developing nations such as the Philippines to start taking health issues more seriously.

In any event, looking after teeth is simple and easy to do. The dentist commented “If you remove the bacteria from the surface of the teeth, you won’t get the disease.”

This statement essentially sums up all that is needed to maintain good oral and general health.

It seems that 33% of Filipinos wear dentures, which according to recent research is the largest among the developing parts of the world.
The data comes from a survey carried out by UK based pharmaceutical firm Glaxo Smith Kline who presented the information to dentists at a conference held in Manila earlier this month.
It is believed that the major reason for such high incidence of denture wearing in countries like the Philippines is because of bad oral health over many years. With a population of around 63 million this translates into 21 million Filipinos who have not looked after their teeth and oral cavity well enough to retain their own teeth.
Further, poor oral health also creates other major problems over time including eating and talking difficulties. And since dentures become loose and ill fitting over time, this can exacerbate the situation.
One of the UK dentists attending the conference in Manila told reporters: “Denture wearing is now less common, mainly because dentists and patients are now more concerned about saving teeth. But it still is a good part of my practice.”
He added: “Probably the most important preventative tool is fluoride. It can be delivered through toothpaste or through water as part of water fluoridation schemes, or in milk or in salt depending where you are in the world.”
Countries like the Philippines are only now starting to be part of the wider developed world. As such, oral health has until now been low down on the list of priorities for most poor people. But dental health nowadays is so tied up with general medical health that dentists feel it is now more important than ever for poorer and developing nations such as the Philippines to start taking health issues more seriously.
In any event, looking after teeth is simple and easy to do. The dentist commented “If you remove the bacteria from the surface of the teeth, you won’t get the disease.”
This statement essentially sums up all that is needed to maintain good oral and general health.
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