Bologna 17-19 November 2016
He was held in Bologna on the XXXV International Congress of AIOP and the most interesting aspect was the debate on the inquiry conducted by Doxa on behalf of the Academy.
That's the picture that emerges from a study of the Doxa commissioned by the Italian Academy of prosthetic dentistry, on a sample of 800 people between 40 and 75 years.
"The loss of natural teeth is a pervasive phenomenon among Italians over 40, to the point of being able to define a real public health problem," began Massimo Sumberesi, Head of Marketing Advice Doxa. "With 70% of respondents missing at least one tooth: on average, the 40-44 years old have lost 4 teeth and 65-75 10 teeth . In the older patients is found the most critical situation, with an average number of remaining natural teeth less than 20. In general, they play a role as age and education: the greater the years and decreases the level of education, most subjects tend to overlook the problem. "
"Our investigation - continues Sumberesi - noted that the elderly and people culturally less evolved are also more fatalistic and resigned against edentulism.
Overall, although the majority of respondents state that the loss of the teeth can be prevented, the behaviors adopted are not always consistent and correct for the purpose of a real prevention. "
Although 1 of 2 interviewed consider tooth loss something unavoidable, tied to aging, specific questioned about prevention possibilities, 91% is convinced that the phenomenon can be avoided, but little action was taken in line with this purpose in fact, 20% think is enough careful oral hygiene and healthy lifestyles, without having to undergo periodic checkups; 1 of 6 does not go to the dentist for over a year and 30% went there only if you have critical issues to solve.
Aided by an inadequate prevention, remain a maximum of 20 natural teeth to 43% of individuals between 65 and 75 years, 25% of 55-64 years olds, but also 13% of 40-54enni. 15% of those over 65 it is totally edentolous.
A result that sees Italy lags behind the World Health Organization's objectives. Today we know that the masticatory act promotes the blood supply to the brain and has a positive effect on memory, learning and wakefulness. A reduced mastication, less than 20 teeth, however, constitutes an epidemiological risk factor for the development of cognitive deficits, dementia and depressive syndromes.
The prosthetic rehabilitation of partially and totally edentulous patients constitutes an indispensable intervention not only to contribute to a beautiful smile and in the best conditions of nutrition, but also to slow down the aging process of the central nervous system in the elderly ".
Not only: the research also highlighted the wrong approach to treatment. Over a quarter of the subjects (27%) who have experienced the loss of teeth has not turned to the dentist, to reintegrate them with a prosthesis. Of these, half reveals not to have felt the need, but also the economic aspects (28%) and fear of pain (17%) appear to have triggered.
On the contrary, positive results are represented by the opinions expressed by those who turned to its trusted dentist. The degree of satisfaction is very high, both for the work of the dentist (64% very satisfied) and for the prosthetic solution used (60% very satisfied), which on average lasts for 11 years. "A positive aspect, confirming the high level of specialization that today distinguishes the Italian dentistry," concludes the Aiop.
We conclude with some advice for our patients: do not underestimate the health of your mouth, but treat it like other districts of your body and rely to a serious professional and capable that it can help you maintain your health, whether good or that it can cure and solve the present problems.