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Few maintain partial dentures in good condition, survey finds

BY Jason Owen

PITTSBURGH — GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare today released results from a new national survey of partial denture wearers revealing that while over half of survey respondents (58%) report that it’s important to them to maintain the health of their teeth — more so than their diet (46%) or skin (11%) — more than one third (36%) of respondents did not change any of their behaviors within the first year of wearing their partial denture. Incidentally, the teeth on either side of a partial denture are twice as likely to be lost compared to other teeth in a partial denture wearer’s mouth.

PDWs make up almost six percent (18.5 million people) of the U.S. adult population; the average PDW is only 40 years old. While the health of PDWs’ existing teeth is deeply important to them, and they don’t want to face the trauma of more tooth loss, survey results revealed that few are doing enough to ensure that their partial denture is always in good condition.

"Partial dentures impact many dimensions of a person’s life, including appearance, relationships and confidence," said Ekaterina Kletter, brand manager, GSK Consumer Healthcare. "These survey results revealed that more than half of the survey respondents (51%) say that their confidence/self-esteem has been negatively impacted by wearing a partial denture. What many people don’t know is that taking proper care of your partial denture is a big step to preserving a healthy smile."

With all these factors weighing in, more than half (51%) of PDWs agree that losing teeth has made them try to take better care of their teeth. Although some of the PDWs have changed their dental health habits after tooth loss to prevent further damage of their natural teeth, they have failed to implement the same routines with their partial denture. Many people may not know that proper care of a partial denture is an important part of a good oral healthcare routine. Just recently, Polident and Poligrip have introduced a new line of products designed especially for PDWs:

  • Poligrip Denture Adhesive For Partials Seal and Protect stabilizes the partial denture and helps create a snug, firm-yet-comfortable fit to reduce movement against the gums and teeth next to the partial;
  • Polident Denture Cleanser for Partials Clean and Protect is specifically formulated to clean partial dentures without scratching the soft denture material, unlike regular toothpaste. The unique formula releases active oxygen to help kill 99.9% of odor-causing bacteria.

"Many people are not aware of the effect that partial dentures can have on existing teeth," Kletter said. "Partial denture wearers are almost twice as likely to lose the teeth next to their partial denture, compared to the rest of their remaining teeth. It’s important to be educated about how to properly care for your partial denture to help protect your remaining teeth."


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Oogave organic soda launches all-natural diet line, expands distribution in Super Target Stores

BY Jason Owen

DENVER — Denver-based organic soda company Oogave has begun distribution of its all-natural diet soda line, Loca, through Fresh Market stores and Whole Foods Northern California. The company also continues to expand the distribution of its original Oogave soda line through Super Target stores nationwide.

The bottled line of Oogave sodas is sweetened with agave nectar and contains 100 calories per 12 oz bottle. To reduce the calorie count down to 10 calories, Loca is sweetened with a proprietary blend of agave nectar and stevia. The Loca line is available in the company’s popular flavors of Cola, Root Beer and Ginger Ale, and is packaged in six-packs of 12 oz cans. Loca is currently available in The Fresh Market stores nationwide and in Whole Foods stores in the Northern California region. Select Whole Foods Rocky Mountain region stores are expected to pick up the line in the very near future as well.

Oogave’s President, Gannon Merrell, has confidence Loca will win consumer taste tests against other brands using stevia in the canned, natural diet soda category. Merrell said, "It’s crazy good! Seriously, though, consumers have clearly shown their significant appetite for all-natural diet sodas in cans. We felt there was a void in that market for good-tasting options. That led us to create Loca and we are very excited to share our new line with existing Oogave drinkers, as well as those who are new to the brand."

The main line of Oogave Organic soda, available in bottles, is now being sold in Super Targets nationwide. The progressive retailer selected Oogave to fulfill its desire to offer more natural options to its consumers in the "Grab and Go" section of the store. Oogave bottles are now sporting a brighter, easier-to-see label for cold case locations.


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Study finds higher childhood allergy rates in the United States

BY Alaric DeArment

CHICAGO — Children in the United States are more likely to experience allergies than those in other countries, according to a new study.

The study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and based on data from the National Survey of Children’s Health, found that children born abroad were less likely to experience pediatric allergies, asthma, hay fever, eczema and food allergies until they moved to the United States, and their odds of developing hay fever and eczema increased after living here for more than 10 years. More than half of all Americans suffer from allergies, compared to just 20% of people in the United Kingdom, while the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand have the highest rates of asthma, and remote areas of Africa and South America have almost no allergies.

"Genetics do play a role in a child’s sensitivity and predisposition to allergies, but when kids are relocated to the U.S., environmental factors are added to the mix," said Brian Rotskoff, an allergy specialist at Chicago-based Clarity Allergy Center. "Repeated exposure to our surroundings and lifestyle changes causes allergy symptoms to emerge."

Allergy triggers in the U.S., according to the study, include seasonal changes in weather and pollen counts; diverse plant life; diets high in processed foods; overuse of antibiotics; environmental pollutants; and high-stress lifestyles.

 

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