Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Polident rallies on denture care awareness campaign and challenge

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), in collaboration with the Philippine Prosthodontic Society (PPS) launched a metro-wide advocacy campaign to promote proper denture care among Filipinos to help them rediscover uninhibited joy and regain the confidence to eat, speak and smile. The event was held at Palacio de Maynila in Malate, Manila last May 14.

To create awareness about its metro-wide advocacy campaign promoting proper denture care among Filipinos, Polident, a product of GlaxoSmithKline, unveils a first-of-its-kind installation.

Polident Challenge Campaign
The installation is part of “Take the Polident Challenge!” campaign which will run a series of educational activities in Metro Manila such as free denture consultations and fun denture torture tests like corn-eating contests and videoke contests.

Towering at 30 feet, the inflatable installation depicts a giant denture biting onto a corn cob to highlight the physical tortures experienced daily by denture wearers, which according to dental health professionals are part of bigger emotional and social problems.

The Polident installation will be witnessed at the venues: 
Rajah Sulayman in Malate, Manila on May 15-17
May 22 to 24 at the Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila
May 29 to 31 at Tutuban Market

Survey Says
A recent study revealed that 9 million Filipinos wear dentures, making the Philippines the country with the highest incidence of denture wearers in Asia.

This was revealed in the study “Oral Care U&A: Market Understanding StudyMiddle East & Asia’’ conducted by Ipsos Marketing for GlaxoSmithKline(GSK).

“The qualitative research titled ‘The Emerging Consumer Denture Journey,' conducted by Nick Newall and Rachel Kern for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) revealed that in the Philippines, majority of denture wearers are between 35-69 years old. Wearers have full, half, or partial dentures,’’ said Isa Marfori, GSK Polident product manager.

Another study, ‘’Oral Care U&A Market Understanding Study Middle East & Asia’’ conducted in July 2014, also revealed that 61% of denture wearers are female, while thirty nine percent are male.

“The same study reported that 84% of denture users reside in Metro Manila, with 9% in Metro Cebu and 6% in Metro Davao. 56% percent cited careless oral regime as a reason for wearing dentures, while 19%  attributed wearing dentures to loosing teeth in accident, and 12% to illness,’’ Marfori added.

Nevertheless, a lot of Filipinos experience denture problems, resulting to loss of joy and confidence in performing daily activities such as eating, smiling, speaking and socializing. 

Denture Problems
Dr. Danny Magtanong of the Philippine Prosthodontic Society (PPS) said that over the years, there has been a stigma attached to wearing pustiso mainly because a lot of embarrassing mishaps are associated with wearing dentures.

“It is not uncommon to hear stories of false teeth coming off while speaking or while eating. In fact, in YouTube, there are a lot of videos posted which show these embarrassing moments featuring people from all walks of life. Whose confidence wouldn’t be demolished once a denture wearer finds himself in this situation,’’ said Dr. Magtanong.

The PPS official also noted that as a result of these humiliating situations, some denture wearers become very shy. “Others would cover their mouths while speaking, some would refuse to attend social functions. To be safe, others would not eat food that require much biting, thus they are inhibited,’’ Dr. Magtanong added.

Complacent Attitude amongst Denture Users
The problems being encountered by Filipino denture wearers are mainly caused by complacency in consulting dentists and in engaging in proper denture care, the two studies confirmed.

Dr. Magtanong said that generally, Filipino denture wearers lack knowledge and vigilance on the proper practices before wearing dentures, while wearing them, and before they go to bed at night.

“There are responsibilities that come with wearing dentures, lack of proper maintenance measures lead to more serious problems like bad breath, swollen gums, or loose fit. While it is true that wearing dentures is tedious, a change in habits and lifestyle will help give back self-confidence to the denture wearer,” said Dr. Magtanong. 

Cleaning the Dentures
Among these responsibilities is to make sure that the dentures are regularly and properly cleaned, and that they snugly fit in the mouth which only professional dentists can do for the patient. 

While 49% of more than 200 denture wearer-respondents in the “Oral Care U&A Market Understanding Study” have had it for five years or less, a high 53% visit dentists only when they have specific problem such as broken or cracked dentures.

“Denture wearers also lack information in the proper way to care for their dentures. For instance, 64% do not remove it before going to sleep at night. By not removing dentures and soaking in proper cleansers, bacterias build up and cause more problems in the mouth,’’ the study further cited.

Clearly, denture usage is very high but knowledge and use of products like denture adhesives and denture cleansers is low, Marfori said. 

“Denture cleansers are not very popular and most use regular toothpastes for cleaning dentures, which should not be the case because toothpaste contains abrasives that scratch dentures, leaving small holes where bacteria can collect and grow. Toothpaste also contains bleaching chemicals that may damage the dentures and whiten its pink portion,’’ Dr. Magtanong stated.

Using Denture Adhesives
On the other hand, denture adhesives usage is low because denture wearers do not see the importance of having snugly fit dentures. “As much as possible, dentures should be firm and stable in the mouth to stop food particles from getting into the dentures,’’ Dr. Magtanong advised.

GSK, one of the largest global healthcare companies and is currently one of the key players in the oral care strategy, has come up with Polident, an ally of denture wearers in maintaining and caring for false teeth to give back to denture wearers their self-confidence and allows them to pursue regular activities such as speaking and eating without fear or shame.

Using the Polident Products
Polident is the leading denture care brand in the Philippines. The “Take the Polident Challenge!” PR campaign is part of the brand integration program that will alleviate the perceived complacency of Filipino denture wearers on their dental health. In collaboration with Philippine Prosthodontic Society (PPS), this campaign aims to erase the stigma of social, emotional and physical tortures brought about by improper denture care and will feature GSK’s Polident Denture Adhesive Cream and Polident Denture Cleanser

Polident Denture Adhesive Cream, for instance, helps secure dentures properly. Applying Polident Denture Adhesive Cream on the dentures once a day helps fasten it securely for up to twelve hours.

Polident Denture Cleanser, on the other hand, is formulated to clean dentures, remove stains and kill 99.9 percent of odor-causing particles.  

Free Samples
Polident dares denture wearers to live a healthy life free of inhibitions by taking the Polident Challenge. For free samples and delivery nationwide of both Polident Denture Cleanser and Polident Denture Adhesive Cream, call 924-2475.

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