DENTURES are commonly associated with the elderly, when in fact, many young people also use them.
They are customised replacements for missing teeth, which can happen to anyone at any age due to accidents, injury or diseases, aside from ageing.
However, many often shy away from talking about their dentures or the challenges that they face when wearing them due to low self-esteem.
Therefore, the majority of wearers’ lack of necessary knowledge in managing their dentures may lead them to experience social and functional challenges.
Aimed at empowering denture wearers with denture care knowledge and bringing back their confidence, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Sdn Bhd (GSK) rolled out its Eat, Speak and Smile with Confidence initiative.
Speaking at the launch at Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur, GSK oral care marketing manager Alycia Tan pointed out that denture wearers make up about 10% of the Malaysian population.
“Many start wearing partial dentures as early as 38 years old but still, dentures is a topic that few people feel comfortable talking about, especially with their peers.
“GSK is celebrating 60 years of building healthier communities in Malaysia and we are committed to enhancing the standard of oral healthcare across the country.
“Through this event, we hope to address the feelings of anxiety and isolation commonly seen among denture wearers, empowering them to eat, speak and smile with confidence,” said GSK oral care marketing manager Alycia Tan.
The event brought together industry experts and denture wearers in a sharing session which encouraged attendees to speak openly about their experience with dentures and challenges they faced.
“Wearing dentures can have a significant impact on a person’s self-esteem, especially if it is the person’s first time.
“They often worry that they would not be able to speak or eat normally and wearing dentures will change the way they look,” said Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Faculty of Dentistry prosthodontics and senior lecturer Dr Natasya Ahmad Tarib.
She added that some of the common challenges faced by denture wearers include how well the dentures fit in their mouths as well as denture cleanliness, which can affect both their comfort and oral health.
“They are also worried about floating dentures, such as when their dentures become loose while they speak or eat, which could lead to an embarrassing moment.
“With the right understanding of denture care, they can be more confident,” she said.
Dr Natasya emphasised using appropriate denture cleanser and not toothpaste as the latter is too abrasive on the dentures’ surface, which is 10 times softer than normal teeth.
“The use of denture adhesive can also reduce the amount of food trapped underneath the dentures and allows wearers to chew food comfortably without worrying about dentures moving,” she added.
In line with the initiative, Malaysian Dental Association is partnering with GSK in its efforts to help denture wearers have a better understanding of their oral health and denture care.
“We will provide complimentary denture care check-up at participating dental clinics nationwide throughout July.
“We hope to increase education on the importance of good denture care and help denture wearers through their challenges,” said Malaysian Dental Association president Dr Ng Woan Tyng.
Also part of the initiative, GSK is offering its Polident Money-Back Guarantee programme nationwide until August to encourage denture wearers to try Polident products.
To improve comfort and oral health for denture wearers, Polident offers denture care products formulated to provide cleaner dentures and a firmer hold.
The Polident low-abrasive denture cleansers kill 99.9% of odour-causing bacteria while keeping dentures clean and fresh without scratching its surface.
Meanwhile, Polident’s range of denture adhesives hold dentures tight up to 12 hours and sealing out irritating food particles.
For details, visit www.polident.com.my