Dentures brushed out of existence

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Dentures are becoming a thing of the past in the Netherlands. The Dutch Society for Dentistry said that just 12 percent of the Dutch population was wearing artificial teeth, whereas two decades ago a quarter of the Dutch no longer had their own teeth, according to a report on NOS public tv.

Dental hygiene improved in the 1960s when medical researchers discovered that tooth decay and loss of teeth is not an aging problem, but is a consequence of poor oral hygiene and insufficient dental care. People who were children then and benefited from better care generally still have their own teeth when they grow older.

A school dentists scheme was set up, public awareness campaigns reminded people to brush their teeth and toothpaste containing protective fluorides were introduced.

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