A new biocompatible adhesive offers a better quality of life for many
If you want to help hundreds of thousands of people by designing a new biocompatible adhesive for their mouth prostheses, then this is the challenge for you!
Every day hundreds of thousands of people, mainly elderly, are burdened by loose fitting, and therefore malfunctioning mouth prostheses. This often results in digestive problems. Therefore, it is highly desirable when a better adhesive is developed and, in addition to that, a feasible usage procedure of removing the adhesive from the prosthesis and the jaws in an easy to use, clear and above all hygienic way.
Every day hundreds of thousands of people, mainly elderly, are burdened by loose fitting, and therefore malfunctioning mouth prostheses. This often results in digestive problems. For many of them prosthesis or implants do not offer a solution. Many elderly people have little bone structure, and therefore implantation is not always possible. Also the project of treatment and application of the implants is quite stressful. Furthermore, implants plus prostheses are very expensive. As an alternative, a good adhesive would improve the quality of life of many thousands of people in the Netherlands alone. However, current adhesives give mediocre results. Above that, proper application and cleaning is a dirty and unhygienic affair for many of them.
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