October is dental hygiene month and what better way to mark this occasion but to take a look at the fundamentals of dental hygiene.
It's disheartening to note that for Filipinos, dental health or dental hygiene isn't a priority. A survey conducted by a private company concluded that 7 million Filipinos have never been to the dentist. Such neglect shows and the Philippines has a high number of dental health problems such as caries and gingivitis.
The thing is, these problems can be easily avoided with proper care and attention. Dental care is as easy as ABCs and should be taught at home or in schools.
So folks, here are the essentials of dental hygiene:
Brush at least twice a day. Apply light pressure and thoroughly clean the inner and outer walls of teeth. To avoid bad breath, brush the surface of your tongue.
Brushing has its limits and spaces between teeth can only be reached via flossing or any interdental cleaning tool. Floss at least once a day to remove debris in-between these tight spaces. If left unchecked, debris will lead to plaque build-up causing gum disease and other complications.
Rinse with a mouthwash. Yes, while this is not exactly necessary, for folks who can't live without these, look for a water-based mouthwash. Alcohol in most washes can only dry the mouth and lead to increased bacteria production.
Chew gum. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends supplementing your daily dental care regimen with chewing sugar-free gum. Research has shown that gum chewing increases saliva production and actually helps prevent tooth decay. Nevertheless, don't go for any gum, choose one with the ADA or dentists approved seal.
There you have it. Also, remember to visit your dentist and dental hygienist regularly. Prevention is way cheaper than the cure.To schedule a check-up, please call us at (+632) 727.8665. Our staff will be happy to assist you.
7 million Pinoys have never seen a dentist: report. ABS-CBN News. 22 June 2016.
http://news.abs-cbn.com/lifestyle/06/22/16/7-million-pinoys-have-never-seen-a-dentist-report. Last retrieved on 10 October 2017.