“In France, public policies have focused on young peoples, regrets Sophie Dartevelle, president of the French Union for Oral Health (UFSBD), during a press release on World Oral Health Day. That’s fine, but it may have made adults think that taking care of their teeth was no longer their age. Today, we find ourselves with significant risks of deterioration of oral health with, as a result, infections, loss of teeth, even worsening of overall health: a damaged mouth and teeth can have cardiological repercussions. vascular, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis...”
A sharp increase in periodontal disease
In France, 27% of adults between 35 and 65 suffer from advanced periodontitis. This progressive degradation of the supporting tissues of the teeth can be avoided by appropriate care provided in time and, upstream, by good oral hygiene… so many messages that could be delivered within the framework of a prevention campaign. (useless)
If 34% of French people over 15 say they have all their natural teeth (it is especially after 40 that things get worse), our country is below the European average which is 41% and far from the United Kingdom (50%) as well as Spain (47%).
Adults do not have good dental hygiene
Oral hygiene habits are not yet acquired by all: 10% of French people do not brush their teeth once a day, and 1 in 3 French people do not brush their teeth twice a day. And yet, the recommendations of effective brushing of the teeth and gums, with fluoridated toothpaste, for 2 minutes, twice a day, and an annual visit to your dental surgeon must be applied. However, currently, 40% of French people say they only go to their dental surgeon in the event of a problem, when their oral health is often already very degraded!
“In addition to an obvious impact on quality of life and self-esteem, periodontal disease is known to interact with other pathologies and increase the risk of disease. The most exposed are the most fragile people, including pregnant women, the elderly, people with disabilities or patients with chronic diseases, but also people in precarious situations.“, specifies Sophie Dartevelle, who asks for a real investment from the public authorities in this area.