Oral diseases are impacting billions of people worldwide
Studies show that poor Oral-Health can lead to Systemic Diseases e.g., people with gum disease are twice as likely as others to die from a heart attack and 3 times as likely to have a stroke
Prevention and education are critical to improve Oral-Health
Gamifying the brushing experience is a key lever for better prevention
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Worldwide, 60-90% of school children and nearly 100% of adults have dental cavities
1/3rd of adults are affected by untreated tooth decay (more than 2.4 billion people)
1/4th of middle-aged adults have gum disease so severe that they could lose their teeth
1/3rd of the world’s elderly citizens no longer have any of their original teeth
3 out of 4 Americans have signs of mild periodontal disease or gingivitis. Almost 30% show signs of the more severe disease, chronic periodontitis (Oral Systemic Connection, 2016)
Ongoing studies reveal that periodontitis¹ may raise the risk of some serious health conditions, incl. stroke, respiratory illness, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, even cell mutations that could progress to oral cancers (Scientific American, ‘Healthy Mouth, Healthy Planet’, Neil Savage, October 19, 2016)
Researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry found that people with gum disease were twice as likely as others to die from a heart attack and three times as likely to have a stroke.
Bacteria from the gums enter the saliva, then adhere to water droplets within the air you inhale, aspirated into the lungs, potentially causing pulmonary infection and pneumonia.
Bacteria can enter the body’s circulatory system through the gums (periodontium) around teeth and travel to all parts of the body
Inflammation associated with periodontal disease may stimulate a second systemic inflammatory response within the body and contribute to or complicate other disease entities that may have an inflammatory origin such as, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, orthopedic implant failure and kidney disease.
Oral health plays an important role in the overall health of the body“Now you’re seeing quite a bit of emerging evidence that a healthier mouth has beneficial effects on the body”
The impacts start at childhood, and last a lifetime:Education of proper brushing techniques and establishing healthy preventive habits early in life is the key to preventing the risk of inflammation that contributes to the progression of disease.
A pilot study conducted at the University of California, San Francisco, evaluated the short-term effect of the Kolibree smart toothbrush on oral hygiene and the motivation of children to brush their teeth daily.
40 children were enrolled. The experimental group used the Kolibree Toothbrush with the Go Pirate game. The control group used the same brush without the App.
The results showed significant improvement in oral hygiene, measured by a reduction in dental plaque vs. baseline
Reports also showed a significant improvement in the motivation of children. Children reported toothbrushing as fun and were more motivated to brush their teeth
Parents said the game helped improve their children’s brushing technique and length of toothbrushing time.
Source : This study was funded by the California based Delta Dental Community Care Foundation, Dentegra Group, Inc
A 2003 review of nine previous studies found that people with periodontal disease had a 19% increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, compared with people without periodontal disease. (Source: http://www.livescience.com/40195-oral-health-body.html)