Welcome!

News Feed Item

Understand "The Economics of Family Oral Healthcare" on World Oral Health Day

Poor Oral Health Can Be A Risk Factor to Dementia; Hong Kong and Taiwan Dental Experts Introduce "The Ten-Minute Rule" for Perfect Clean Teeth by Chewing Sugar-Free Gum After Each Meal

HONG KONG, CHINA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/20/17 -- Maintaining oral health is much more important than most people think. Poor oral hygiene can result in tooth decay that could have significant impact on our general health including cognitive impairment. What's more, dental problems do not only impact one individual and can go as far as affecting the whole family and government dental expenditure. Multiple studies have revealed the lack of dental care awareness among the Hong Kong and Taiwanese public -- almost all adults surveyed in Hong Kong have experienced tooth decay (96%)(1) while the tooth decay prevalence rate among Taiwanese adults is close to 90%(2). Ahead of the World Oral Health Day, the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Hong Kong invited two dental experts -- Professor Ming-Lun Hsu, the Dean of School of Dentistry in National Yang-Ming University in Taiwan, and Professor Edward Chin-Man Lo, Chair Professor of Dental Public Health in Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Hong Kong -- to share the concept of "The Economics of Family Oral Healthcare" and introduce international data on the oral care and oral diseases prevention trend in Hong Kong.

"The Economics of Family Oral Healthcare":
Dental Expenses Can Add Up to The Price of a Brand New Car
Professor Hsu shared that although tooth decay is not a contagious disease, it is likely to affect more than one member of the family living under the same roof due to similar lifestyle and oral hygiene habits. Besides, even when a single member of the family is suffering from tooth decay or other sickness, the entire family will be affected from the care and attention required by the patient.

Professor Hsu further pointed out that chewing sugar-free gum is a recommendation included in the German Government's latest oral health guideline on maintaining oral hygiene and preventing tooth decay. Also, a recent research indicates that developing the habit of chewing sugar-free gum, one could reduce expenses on dental care up to EUR 81 (about HKD$680) per year(3). Professor Hsu said, "Dental diseases account for about 6.7% of Taiwan's National Health Insurance expense, amounting to NTD$41.8 billion (HKD$ 10.6 billion) a year. If families understand the concept of 'The Economics of Family Oral Healthcare' and incorporate oral health preventive measures into daily routines, people will be able to enjoy a healthier life, avoiding unnecessary family financial burden and even receiving more effective and quality healthcare services. Remember, the healthier the teeth one has, the fewer dental expenses one spares!"

Plagued with oral problems such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, tooth loss and dental implants, Ms Lau's family is known as a "toothache family" to many of her friends and relatives. "My son used to cry in the middle of the night without any obvious reasons when he was about one year old. I found out his front teeth had decayed only when I brought him to the dentist. When my child needed to attend dental check-ups, we sometimes even needed help from his grandparents. It cost my family a lot of time and energy every time we pay a visit to the dentist," said Ms Lau. Another family member, Mr Lau added, "I also suffered from severe tooth decay and tooth extraction was the only treatment option. A lot of money went into teeth implants. In addition to the three-month root canal treatment and surgery for my periodontal disease, the amount my family spent on dental treatments could have gotten us a luxury car! It has never occurred to me that our negligence in oral health could give rise to problems lasting a lifetime."

Maintaining Oral Health May Help Reduce Risk of Dementia
Professor Lo also pointed out that maintaining good oral health can prevent tooth decay and may even help reduce the risk of dementia. "In Hong Kong, the annual expenditure on dental care amounts to about HKD$5 billion(4), which is a significant burden to the city's medical expenditure," said Professor Lo. "Local and international studies have revealed an association between the number of teeth lost and cognitive impairment in the elderly. The loss of chewing ability due to tooth loss could lead to impairment of spatial memory, weakening of learning ability and degenerating of hippocampal neurons in the brain(5). As maintaining oral hygiene is effective in preventing tooth loss due to tooth decay, subsequently, it may help reducing the risk of cognitive impairment."

Consumers of All Ages to Follow "The Ten-Minutes Rule": Chewing Sugar-Free Gum After Each Meal for Perfect Clean Teeth
Professor Hsu and Professor Lo reiterated that oral health is fundamental to the overall health and wellbeing of a person. They urge people to simply follow "four dental hacks to perfect clean teeth," so one can keep the dentist at bay:

1. Go for regular dental check-ups
2.
Use fluoride toothpaste for tooth brushing in the morning and before bedtime
3. Use dental floss or mouthwash containing fluoride daily
4. Chew sugar-free gum after eating or drinking.

Professor Hsu also explained that saliva is a natural weapon to neutralize the acid in the mouth and chewing sugar-free gum will increase the secretion of saliva by 10 times (when compared to a stationary state). There are three main benefits of increasing saliva secretion, including lowering the acidity in the mouth, replenishing the lost ions on the tooth surfaces that are damaged by plaque acid and helping remove the residue sweet food on the teeth. The best way to clean the teeth is by brushing them with a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste after each meal. When it is inconvenient to brush teeth, chewing two pieces of sugar-free gum for five to ten minutes is a good alternative to stimulate the secretion of saliva and neutralize the acid in the mouth. By doing so, not only does it help curb the formation of plaque and other acidic substances, it can also clear the food residue in the gaps of the teeth and reduce stickiness on the tooth surfaces. Chewing sugar-free gum also helps remineralization of teeth to maintain oral health. To maximize the effectiveness, one should stick with "The Ten-Minute Rule" by chewing sugar-free gum within ten minutes after each meal or after drinking, which can effectively prevent acid to damage tooth surfaces.

Chewing gum is often regarded as a fashionable behavior of young adults. In fact, consumers of all ages can also enjoy the benefits of chewing sugar-free gum. Professor Lo added, "Apart from stimulating saliva secretion to neutralize acidity in the mouth and preventing tooth decay by chewing sugar-free gum, the elderly can benefit from the chewing process as it stimulates the brain neuronal activity, which may help slow down cognitive impairment."

About Mars, Incorporated
Mars, Incorporated is a private, family-owned business with more than a century of history, approximately $35 billion in sales, and six diverse business segments producing some of the world's best-loved brands: PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, IAMS®, BANFIELD® CESAR® (Petcare); M&M'S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY®, TWIX® (Chocolate); DOUBLEMINT®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES® (Wrigley); UNCLE BEN'S®, DOLMIO®, MASTERFOODS®, SEEDS OF CHANGE® (Food); ALTERRA COFFEE ROASTERS™, THE BRIGHT TEA COMPANY™, KLIX® FLAVIA® (Drinks); and COCOAVIA® (Symbioscience). Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in 424 facilities across 78 countries, where our more than 80,000 Associates -- all united by the company's Five Principles of Quality, Efficiency, Responsibility, Mutuality and Freedom -- strive every day to create relationships with our stakeholders and to deliver growth we are proud of.
For more information about Mars, please visit www.mars.com. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

About Wrigley
Wrigley is a recognized leader in confections with a wide range of product offerings including gum, mints, hard and chewy candies, and lollipops. Wrigley's world-famous brands -- including Extra®, Orbit®, Doublemint®, and 5™ chewing gum, as well as confectionery brands Skittles®, Starburst®, Altoids® and Life Savers® -- create simple pleasures for consumers every day. With operations in more than 50 countries and distribution in more than 180 countries, Wrigley's brands bring smiles to faces around the globe. The company is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, employs approximately 17,000 associates globally, and operates as a subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated.

(1) Department of Health, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Oral Health Survey 2011. 2011. http://www.toothclub.gov.hk/en/en_pdf/Oral_Health_Survey_2011/Oral_Health_Survey_2011_WCAG_20141112_(EN_Full).pdf
(2) Reference from a report of Health Promotion Administration of Ministry of Health and Welfare in Taiwan, Investigation of the Oral Health Condition in Taiwanese Adults and Elderly, with a survey conducted by Kaohsiung Medical University, showing that tooth decay prevalence of Taiwanese adults who are 18 or above rates as high as 87.99%, while the elderly aged 65 or above rates as high as 89.36%.
(3) The study was conducted by Wrigley Company Foundation which commissioned the University of Bochum and the University of Witten's specialized scientists to study the impact of oral health on the overall economy, according to the experience of Finland which is the pioneer of European oral care.
(4) Food and Health Bureau, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Total health expenditure by financing source and function (at current market prices). Estimates of Health Expenditure, 1989/90 - 2013/14. http://www.fhb.gov.hk/statistics/download/dha/en/tf6_1314.pdf
(5) Zhu J, et al. Multiple tooth loss is associated with vascular cognitive impairment in subjects with acute ischemic stroke, Journal of Periodontal Research, Res. 2015; 50: 683 - 688.

Image Available: http://www2.marketwire.com/mw/frame_mw?attachid=3120646
Image Available: http://www2.marketwire.com/mw/frame_mw?attachid=3120649

For media inquiries, please contact:

WRIGLEY North Asia Corporate Affairs
Lisa Lai
Email: Email Contact
Tel: +886 6616-6626 ext.133

Jessica Hsieh
Email: Email Contact
Tel: +886 6616-6626 ext.150 / 0912-725-179

MSLGROUP

Tiffany Chan
Email: Email Contact
Tel: +852 2804-8110 / 6381-1120

Cherry Yang
Email: Email Contact
Tel: +852 2804-8139 / 9517-3640

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
Mobile device usage has increased exponentially during the past several years, as consumers rely on handhelds for everything from news and weather to banking and purchases. What can we expect in the next few years? The way in which we interact with our devices will fundamentally change, as businesses leverage Artificial Intelligence. We already see this taking shape as businesses leverage AI for cost savings and customer responsiveness. This trend will continue, as AI is used for more sophistica...
Nordstrom is transforming the way that they do business and the cloud is the key to enabling speed and hyper personalized customer experiences. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ken Schow, VP of Engineering at Nordstrom, discussed some of the key learnings and common pitfalls of large enterprises moving to the cloud. This includes strategies around choosing a cloud provider(s), architecture, and lessons learned. In addition, he covered some of the best practices for structured team migration an...
Recently, REAN Cloud built a digital concierge for a North Carolina hospital that had observed that most patient call button questions were repetitive. In addition, the paper-based process used to measure patient health metrics was laborious, not in real-time and sometimes error-prone. In their session at 21st Cloud Expo, Sean Finnerty, Executive Director, Practice Lead, Health Care & Life Science at REAN Cloud, and Dr. S.P.T. Krishnan, Principal Architect at REAN Cloud, discussed how they built...
Most technology leaders, contemporary and from the hardware era, are reshaping their businesses to do software. They hope to capture value from emerging technologies such as IoT, SDN, and AI. Ultimately, irrespective of the vertical, it is about deriving value from independent software applications participating in an ecosystem as one comprehensive solution. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Kausik Sridhar, founder and CTO of Pulzze Systems, discussed how given the magnitude of today's application ...
The “Digital Era” is forcing us to engage with new methods to build, operate and maintain applications. This transformation also implies an evolution to more and more intelligent applications to better engage with the customers, while creating significant market differentiators. In both cases, the cloud has become a key enabler to embrace this digital revolution. So, moving to the cloud is no longer the question; the new questions are HOW and WHEN. To make this equation even more complex, most ...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Raju Shreewastava, founder of Big Data Trunk, provided a fun and simple way to introduce Machine Leaning to anyone and everyone. He solved a machine learning problem and demonstrated an easy way to be able to do machine learning without even coding. Raju Shreewastava is the founder of Big Data Trunk (www.BigDataTrunk.com), a Big Data Training and consulting firm with offices in the United States. He previously led the data warehouse/business intelligence and B...
As you move to the cloud, your network should be efficient, secure, and easy to manage. An enterprise adopting a hybrid or public cloud needs systems and tools that provide: Agility: ability to deliver applications and services faster, even in complex hybrid environments Easier manageability: enable reliable connectivity with complete oversight as the data center network evolves Greater efficiency: eliminate wasted effort while reducing errors and optimize asset utilization Security: imple...
In his Opening Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, John Considine, General Manager of IBM Cloud Infrastructure, led attendees through the exciting evolution of the cloud. He looked at this major disruption from the perspective of technology, business models, and what this means for enterprises of all sizes. John Considine is General Manager of Cloud Infrastructure Services at IBM. In that role he is responsible for leading IBM’s public cloud infrastructure including strategy, development, and offering m...
With tough new regulations coming to Europe on data privacy in May 2018, Calligo will explain why in reality the effect is global and transforms how you consider critical data. EU GDPR fundamentally rewrites the rules for cloud, Big Data and IoT. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Adam Ryan, Vice President and General Manager EMEA at Calligo, examined the regulations and provided insight on how it affects technology, challenges the established rules and will usher in new levels of diligence arou...
The past few years have brought a sea change in the way applications are architected, developed, and consumed—increasing both the complexity of testing and the business impact of software failures. How can software testing professionals keep pace with modern application delivery, given the trends that impact both architectures (cloud, microservices, and APIs) and processes (DevOps, agile, and continuous delivery)? This is where continuous testing comes in. D
Modern software design has fundamentally changed how we manage applications, causing many to turn to containers as the new virtual machine for resource management. As container adoption grows beyond stateless applications to stateful workloads, the need for persistent storage is foundational - something customers routinely cite as a top pain point. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Bill Borsari, Head of Systems Engineering at Datera, explored how organizations can reap the bene...
Digital transformation is about embracing digital technologies into a company's culture to better connect with its customers, automate processes, create better tools, enter new markets, etc. Such a transformation requires continuous orchestration across teams and an environment based on open collaboration and daily experiments. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Alex Casalboni, Technical (Cloud) Evangelist at Cloud Academy, explored and discussed the most urgent unsolved challenges to achieve f...
The dynamic nature of the cloud means that change is a constant when it comes to modern cloud-based infrastructure. Delivering modern applications to end users, therefore, is a constantly shifting challenge. Delivery automation helps IT Ops teams ensure that apps are providing an optimal end user experience over hybrid-cloud and multi-cloud environments, no matter what the current state of the infrastructure is. To employ a delivery automation strategy that reflects your business rules, making r...
The 22nd International Cloud Expo | 1st DXWorld Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, to be held June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY, brings together Cloud Computing, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding busin...
In a recent survey, Sumo Logic surveyed 1,500 customers who employ cloud services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). According to the survey, a quarter of the respondents have already deployed Docker containers and nearly as many (23 percent) are employing the AWS Lambda serverless computing framework. It’s clear: serverless is here to stay. The adoption does come with some needed changes, within both application development and operations. Tha...