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When was the last time you saw them smile?

Seriously, when was the last time you saw your grandparents smile? Oh no, not the leftover smile. I am talking about the genuine big smile that radiates through the being.

Like this in the picture.

I remember when my lolos and lolas used to walk with me, play all day long with me, learn new things with me, stand by my side every time I fall, and laugh so hard at my clumsiness. Those were the precious days and I was only a toddler then. Now, since they needed a lot of rest, I can barely see them and their sunshine smiles. And that, I missed so much!

Sounds familiar? One need not look far to encounter issues such as these. It’s a common scene across families and with loved ones. These are just some symptoms of the unrecognized health issue amongst the elderly, which may arise from improper nutrition.

One major factor why it remains an unrecognized health issue is because we normally assume that as long as a person eats and exercises regularly, he/she is naturally healthy and not malnourished. But the truth is, a proper diet and food absorption is key to being a healthy.

This issue has been enlightened in the advocacy event called, A HEALTHY LIFE IN EVERY BITE, yesterday at Greenbelt 1, Makati. GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of Polident, in cooperation with dental experts, aims to highlight the effects of improper use and care of dentures, which can ultimately lead to health issues amongst denture wearers.

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The event was attended by mostly elders who were so participative and very eager to learn, friends and relatives, and people from the media.

Makati Senior Citizen Chorale sung the National Anthem  

Who wouldn’t love these adorable grannies dancing cha cha?

Groovy lolos and lolas dancing Cha-cha

And the best cha cha goes to the 2 energetic duo

After the cha cha, Dr. Nunez talked about ways to take care of dentures and also mentioned the usage of Denture adhesives and cleansers as one of the best ways to care for the dentures.

Studies show that the proper mastication of our food is a major contributing factor on whether we properly absorb its nutrients. While for most of us, chewing is not a major concern, 28% of the population may have trouble chewing their food because they are either toothless or are wearing dentures.

In fact, according to Dr. Nunez, a denture is only good for up to a maximum of five years. Also, contrary to the belief that denture users need not see their dentists, it is equally important if not more, for them to have a regular dental check-up. It is only through a regular dental check-up that a dentist can assess whether a denture fits properly.

“Another common problem is that a lot of denture users brush their dentures with a regular toothbrush and toothpaste.” adds Dr. Nunez. This is a big no – no because unlike our natural teeth, dentures are more porous thus, it requires more cleaning. But brushing it with regular toothbrush and toothpaste won’t work, because it will create abrasions on the dentures where food sediments may get stuck thus, harboring bacteria that may cause, not only bad breath, but bacteria that may contribute to stomatitis, pneumonia and other diseases.

“This is a momentous event for the Philippine Dental Health. For the first time, we are recognizing and addressing a health issue that has always been put in the back burner. Our senior citizens are an underserved sector, so much so that we didn’t see one of their prevalent health concerns and its cause. I hope this event will help us realize that we should bite this issue at its very core”, ends Dr. Nunez.

Well said, doc!

I believe through this event, people {not just the elders} will be more aware of every action they make including the value of oral health.

Moi and Miss Boots Gueco {the gorgeous Madam from the Makati Chorale} 

For a total dental care: Polident offers a denture adhesive cream and powder which can give denture wearers up to 12 hours of hold and properly fitting dentures, giving them the ability to eat, speak and smile with confidence. Polident adhesive cream can help ensure that denture wearers are able to eat the food they want and need, in turn enabling them to get the nutrition they need to live a healthy life. Polident also offers denture cleansing tablets, which kills 99.9% of odor-causing bacteria proven in lab testing. The denture tablets clean your dentures without scratching, which also help preserve the life of your dentures. Participants were also taught how to take advantage of products that help clean their dentures and keep them properly fit.

clip_image002  Polident Denture Adhesive Cream

(15g) Php85.00.  (40g) Php173.25 (60g) Php231.00.

clip_image002[8]Polident Denture Cleanser (P175.00)

Available nationwide in leading drugstores, supermarkets, groceries, hypermarkets and department stores

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