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A Call to Action for Dental Health

20 January 2024
Nicholas Fournier, DD, College of Denturists of Ontario

In my 20-year career in denturology, the past year has been one of the most difficult in terms of repairs. A worrying trend is emerging: many people seem to put off dental care as long as possible, forgetting that things don’t last forever. This behaviour, in addition to neglecting the warning signs, can lead to irreversible problems. I’d like to share a few thoughts based on my recent experience, highlighting the importance of prevention and regular attention to avoid serious complications.

It’s understandable that life is often hectic, and that dental care can take a back seat. However, waiting until teeth or dentures break down can be a risky strategy. Dentures, like everything else, have a limited lifespan. Ignoring signs of wear or deterioration can lead to situations where repair becomes impossible, and tooth loss, inevitable.

Another worrying trend I’ve observed is the mistaken belief that repairing permanently solves the problem. In reality, it often only postpones the inevitable. Some of my patients have unfortunately waited too long, and now restoration is impossible. The message I want to convey is clear: it’s crucial not to underestimate the importance of prevention and prompt action.

It’s essential to plan dental care proactively. Instead of waiting for problems arising, take preventive measures. See your denturist and dentist regularly for routine check-ups, discuss the condition of your dentures and consider replacements or repairs before it’s too late. Preventive planning can not only save time and money, but also preserve your smile and oral health.

Last month, in December, I was confronted with an alarming number of broken dentures. I try to help my patients as much as possible, but sometimes the problem has become too serious. The compassion I feel for my patients is immense, and I hope this will serve as a warning to all those who put off necessary dental care.