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Tooth decay identified as major cause of isolation among elderly.

KARACHI -- Tooth decay not only has its negative implications on health but also affects communication capacities of senior citizens turning them isolated, said a senior dental surgeon Dr Zubair Abbasi.

Talking to reporter Wednesday the surgeon formerly associated with Karachi Medical and Dental College and presently with Bahria University said tooth decay may be an age related phenomenon yet healthy habits related to oral hygiene can enhance life of natural denture.

Dr Abbasi said growing attention of the people towards aesthetic value of teeth coupled with associated beauty of face has turned many towards dental care and denture repair.

We often overlook the fact that people who have lost their teeth, usually senior citizens, are often unable to communicate well, he said.

Elaborating his stance, he said words spoken by a toothless person are difficult to be deciphered by others as they are denied of necessary buffer by teeth that help provide utterances the needed clarity.

Consequently we witness that people unable to comprehend what an elderly may be talking often shun them leading to extreme distress and psychological pressure on the latter, said Dr Zubair.

He said that fact can not be ignored that ageing process has its wear and tear affects on different parts of human body and this does include teeth.

Proper intake of calcium, care towards oral hygiene, avoidance of pan and cigarette can significantly delay the tooth loss process, however, it can not be avoided in every case, said the dental surgeon.

In the given situation people in general and those associated with dental care profession need to ensure that people losing their tooth, due to one or the other reason, are neither isolated nor lose their health due to restricted food consumption capacities.

He said modern technology has paved way for user friendly artificial denture and it is upon the local dentists to see that masses in need are facilitated.

In reply to a question, he said people aged between 15 to 70

years must necessarily ensure to get themselves examined by a qualified dentist atleast once a year.

He also advised people not to ignore swollen gums or those getting sensitive to cold and hot besides unexplainable change of taste in mouth.

These reflect that tooth decay may be fast setting in and that it may be at any age due to change in the life styles of the people in general, said Dr Abbasi.

He also advised people to avoid smoking, pan, gutka, other addictive as well as fizzy drinks with direct implications on dental health.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Dec 24, 2015
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