Get your teeth into better dental health

Ti Gong

Doctors at Ren’ai Hospital in Shanghai treat an elderly man.

According to the Shanghai Health Commission, the city’s children, middle-aged and elderly people have poor dental health, and people are advised to get regular checkups of their teeth ahead of National Dental Day. dental health, which falls on Tuesday.

Some 65.5% of local 5-year-old children have decayed teeth, while less than 10% of middle-aged and elderly people enjoy periodontal health, while more than 90% have decayed teeth .

Dental health has become a disease burden and an important public health problem, the commission said.

“The theme for dental health this year is ‘dental health, comprehensive health,'” said Dr. Wang Ying, director of the stomatology department at Ren’ai Hospital in Shanghai.

“Tooth loss can impact other teeth and also overall health,” she said.

“The first two to three months are the best time to repair tooth loss. The loss of one tooth can cause periodontal disease and then influence other teeth, leading to poor masticatory function and then digestion and nutrition.

“Tooth health can also influence the cardiovascular system of older adults, as bacteria generated by periodontitis can enter the bloodstream.”

Experts have said that the loosening of teeth in most older people is caused by periodontal disease, decayed teeth or osteoporosis. Proper prevention and control can help seniors have healthy teeth and delay the time of loose teeth or tooth loss.

“A healthy habit of dental care and a regular visit to the dentist are important for a person’s dental health,” Wang said.