HEALTH/ORAL / DENTAL HEALTH / PREVENTION

UNDERSTANDING THEN ACTION

 

In its fields of activity, orthodontics – a medical discipline in its own right – applies the definition of health that was adopted by the World Health Association: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

 

Recently this definition was been completed by the ability to live a full social, economic and spirituel life, to prosper without fear of future, to acquire skills through education and learning, to engage in productive and meaningful work, to be treated fairly without discrimination, to dwell in a safe environement and to cope with the normal stresses of life.

 

Health, therefore, corresponds to a state of equilibrium and harmony in respect of all the possibilities being human implies: biological, cultural, morphological, hereditary, functional, aesthetic, psychological, behavioural, sociological, ethical, environmental, spiritual and temporal, and the list goes on.

It follows firstly, that to promote wellbeing it is essential to adopt a global approach to health, and secondly, that this is an issue concerning everyone and everywhere, with no exceptions.

Being healthy – to grow up, live your life and stay young for as long as possible, necessarily implies prevention. Beyond a concept that describes all the measures that must be implemented to avoid an illness or a handicap occurring, getting worse or returning, prevention is a reality.

In orthodontics that outcome is achieved by simple actions, within the reach of everyone, whose objective is to inform and teach patients and parents, inducing them to:

  • Consult a specialist early, very early, from 6 years of age onwards,
  • Begin treatment before a child loses their milk teeth,
  • Make sure teeth are cleaned properly (the fact is, as long as you still have teeth, you still qualify for orthodontic treatment!),
  • Ensure their diet is healthy, varied and balanced, which will help them avoid dental cavities and keep their teeth as healthy as possible for as long as possible.

AT EVERY AGE: 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 24 YEARS OF AGE – APPROPRIATE ACTION AND BEHAVIOUR

 

  • 6 YEARS OF AGE:

The age when the first permanent molars come through. They are fragile and must be protected by brushing correctly and applying fluoride varnishes.

 

  • 9 YEARS OF AGE:

The mouth contains both milk teeth and permanent teeth, making brushing more difficult, which opens the door to tooth decay.

 

  • 12 YEARS OF AGE:

The permanent teeth are coming through. Good brushing habits should be kept up for a lifetime of healthy teeth.

 

  • 15 YEARS OF AGE:

Permanent teeth finish coming through and continue to require protection against tooth decay and dental plaque. This is also the age when teenagers start to take less of an interest in the rules of dental hygiene.

 

  • 18-24 YEARS OF AGE:

All the permanent teeth have now come through. It is important to check that there are no cavities on a regular basis to keep the teeth healthy and in good condition to ensure they last a lifetime.

(source : ameli.fr)

 

This is the nature of the orthodontics that Dr Palucha puts into practice – a constantly evolving medical discipline in its own right, at the service of life since practised on the living.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

 

Good health is a precious thing ! Good health allows people to realize their potentials, their ambitions and dreems, satisfy their needs, change with their surroundings and adapt to them. Consequently, health is a lifetime resource rather than a lifetime goal ! Whatever your age, it is possible to take control of your health by making healthy choices !