February Is Not Just For Lovers

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February is not only for hearts, flowers, and chocolates but for dental health professionals as well.  Each year, dentists gather to have fun, exchange ideas, and reaffirm their Hippocratic oaths.

Known as the “National Dental Health Month”, February is marked in the national calendar as a month for raising awareness on oral health and for recognizing the important role that dentists and other dental health professionals play in the nation’s health.

As always, this year’s events will be spearheaded by the Philippine Dental Association (PDA) and will see the active participation of dental health professionals from around the country. This year's theme - Ngiping Pinatibay, Ngiting Walang Humpay, Para sa Kinabuksa’y Maginhawang Tunay – stresses the connection between strong teeth and a healthy and prosperous future.

Dr. Lillian Lasaten-Ebuen of Total Body Dentistry and Executive Director of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) in the Philippines expressed support for this year’s events stating that it is in line with her group’s call for less toxic dental treatment procedures. “We’ve always stated that good health begins in the mouth. What you eat, how you take care of your teeth, and the type of dental procedures all affect an individual’s overall health.”

“The past year has seen advances and revelations in the field of dental research,” she continues, “but the big boost came from the ratification of an international treaty on mercury-use.” Explaining that mercury amalgam – a restorative material used by dentists for filling teeth cavities – is hazardous to human health and the environment - the treaty finally gave the push needed to eventually halt its production and use.

According to Dr. Ebuen, The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) estimated the global use of dental mercury at between 300 – 400 metric tonnes per year thus justifying a need for a phasedown and elimination.

“Our main focus now is to work with the Department of Health (DOH), dental schools, and dental health associations such as the PDA in raising awareness regarding mercury’s toxicity.” Dr. Ebuen explains. “At this stage, many dental health professionals remain adamant and with the help of the DOH, we’ll conduct trainings and other awareness raising programs around the country.”

Emphasizing the need for consumer education and dentists offering alternatives, Dr. Ebuen reassures that IAOMT-Philippines will continue to promote and foster initiatives to completely remove not only mercury but also other toxins used in dental health.

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Tongue Scraping: The Benefits

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Unless you live in India, chances are tongue scraping is a novelty. It is not a new concept however as the ancient practice of Ayurveda espoused daily tongue cleaning as part of a holistic approach to health. 

The Process

With a tongue cleaner, extend out your tongue and reach down to the base, gently but firmly scrape from the base and up to the tip the tongue. Do this with one long stroke. Rinse the tongue cleaner and repeat until the cleaner is clear of residue.  Do this every morning and keep in mind to go about it gently.

Tongue scraping takes a little getting used to so don’t force it. Reaching down to the end of a tongue with a cleaner is an exercise in gag control, as you will find out. Eventually though, learning the method to scour the ridges and surface of the tongue has its rewards. Far from being a mystery, the handful of research studies have all shown that tongue scraping or tongue cleaning is really an effective means of controlling bad breath.

The Benefits

Exploring the benefits of this practice is relatively new but so far, experts have found the following advantages to tongue scraping.

1.    Controls bad breath. Tooth brushing and flossing removes food residue and other dead cells in the mouth. Tongue scraping does this as well except its focus is on the tongue. Regular toothbrushes can only clear a portion of debris and bacteria in the mouth but a tongue cleaner can significantly remove/reduce a large chunk of mouth bacteria.

2.    Enhances taste buds. Removing the build-up of gunk and goo on the tongue surface enriches the tongue’s capacity to taste flavours. This is a delightful benefit indeed.

3.    Removes toxins. Most of the bad and foul bacteria in the mouth is on tongue surfaces, tongue scraping removes these and prevents it from getting absorbed by the body.

4.    Improves oral health. Regular brushing and flossing gets a boost from tongue cleaning. Bacteria removed helps control the development of caries and periodontal disease.

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Avoid Bad Breath!

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Because it is a cause for embarrassment, we try and avoid it like the plague. If you’ve dealt with this, you know how ego crushing bad breath can be. However, do not despair as it is quite common and that a considerable chunk of the demographic suffers or have suffered from it. While for some, bad breath may happen only on occasions, for some unfortunate soul – the problem may be quite persistent.

Although reasons vary, the more common cause for bad breath or halitosis is bacteria chomping on dead cells. This can be easily remedied with a good brushing and a dependable mouthwash. Then again, for others, stubborn bad breath may be a symptom of an underlying illness.

From gum disease to diabetes, infections and lung, kidney, or liver disease – these causes require treatment prescribed by doctors.  If you have recurring bad breath, it is best to seek medical advice from dentists and doctors but for light cases, observing proper oral hygiene is enough to freshen the mouth.

Below, we’ve listed other tips and suggestions to keeping your breath smelling fresh and pleasant.

A.    Practice proper oral health care. You’ve heard and seen it on radio, TV, and magazines but the adverts are true and we cannot stress this enough as well. Sticking to a daily regimen of brushing and flossing will remove food residue and avoid the build-up of plaque.

B.    Don’t forget the tongue. Some people often neglect it but the tongue can also be home to bacteria. Take time to brush the surface or for more thorough cleaning, get a tongue cleaner to do the job.


C.    Rinse. Get an anti-bacterial mouthwash. Together with brushing and flossing, mouthwashes further remove leftover food articles while offering extra protection for your teeth.

D.    Drink plenty of water. Water encourages saliva production. While saliva is mostly water, it has antibacterial properties that protect teeth and gums from decay.

E.    Avoid certain food and drinks. This is hard to suggest, especially for people who love theirspices but to counteract the unpleasant effects, there’s always a healthy glass of water.

F.     Do not smoke. Aside from foul breath, smoking causes a myriad of health problems.

G.    Go for sugarless gum. Recommended if you can’t brush right away after a meal.  Also go for raw carrots and celery.

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Take Care Of Your Toothbrush

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A basic understanding of the mouth and body connection has taught us to be more aware of what we put in our mouths. We should not only be wary of toxins and unhealthy food but we should also handle our toothbrushes with care. As a vital weapon in our daily battle for dental health perfection, toothbrushes should not be taken for granted.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), there is a significant possibility that microorganisms present in the mouth and the environment can be transferred to a toothbrush.   Fortunately, there is no need for panic as the human body has a built-in mechanism that defends itself against the onslaught of germs and bacteria.

The ADA reports that there is still not enough data to backup the claim that bacteria from toothbrushes can causes illnesses. Still, it is recommended to take precaution and to observe the following guidelines when it comes to the care and use of toothbrushes. People with compromised immune systems in particular, are advised to observe these pointers.

Don’t share toothbrushes. There is no exemption. No matter if he/she is your significant other. Sharing toothbrushes puts everyone involved at a high risk of infection.

Store toothbrushes upright and allow it to air-dry. Enclosures tend to be moist making it a breeding ground for germs. Instead, allow it to air-dry. If stored with other toothbrushes, keep them in compartments to keep them from touching and potentially contaminating other brushes.

Don’t keep toothbrushes near the loo. Mythbusters did an episode on this. Although their results showed no ample evidence of germs spraying on the toothbrushes when you flush, it is still comforting to keep them away from the loo as much as possible.

Wash toothbrushes thoroughly. Wash the brushes thoroughly after every use. You don’t want those nasty black things growing on your toothbrush.

Replace toothbrush after recovering from any contagious ailment. As explained earlier, germs can be transferred and you might risk re-infecting yourself.

Replace toothbrushes after three or four months. As much as you’ve showered your toothbrush with TLC, it has to be replaced after three or four months. Over time, the bristles can become worn and it won’t be as effective.

Total Body Dentistry

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Total Body Dentistry believes in a holistic approach to health. When we talk about the importance of oral health, we see it as part of our overall well-being. Oral health cannot – and must never be taken out of the equation. As a number of studies have suggested, your overall health condition reflects the condition of your physical health.

Oral Health, Bacteria, and Diseases

While the mouth and body connection may not be readily obvious, the Mayo Clinic and other health and dental experts have determined that without proper oral health care, bacteria in the mouth can multiply, seep into body, and cause a myriad of health complications.

Saliva is another connection. The Mayo Clinic further stated that certain types of medication could hinder the production of saliva. As one of the body’s main line of defence, saliva does not only breaks down food but also helps in counteracting bacteria in the mouth. A dry mouth can cause an increase in bacteria and again lead to serious diseases.

Below is a quick rundown of diseases, identified by research to be closely connected with bad oral health.

  • Arthritis/Osteoporosis  – Painful joints and loss of bone mass is associated with gum disease and mouth bacteria.
  • Alzheimer's Disease - Recent studies have shown bacteria that causes gingivitis are found in the brain tissues of those afflicted with the disease.
  • Heart diseases – From clogged arteries to infection of the heart lining, studies have pointed a connection to mouth inflammation and the bacteria that causes it.
  • Diabetes – Because this debilitating disease can wreak havoc on the immune system, gums are more susceptible to infection.
  • Pregnancy complications – Another study suggested a link between gum disease and premature births.
  • HPV – Folks suffering from periodontal disease are at risk of developing oral cancer.
  • Psychological effects – loss of teeth and the host of complications that come with diseases can lead to stress and affect one’s self-confidence.


As the old wives’ tale goes, “Prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.” To ensure quality health, it is wise to take care of your teeth. Together with a smart diet, set a regular routine of flossing and brushing, using quality toothpastes and toothbrushes, and regular visits to the dentists.

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Choosing the Right Mouthwash

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It pays to have a bottle of mouthwash handy and if you have been following our regular post, you will find that a mouth rinse is more than a breath freshener.

A research published earlier this year stated that mouthwashes – in combination with regular tooth brushing and flossing – are effective against cavities and tartar build-up. Researchers argue that mouth rinses can reach areas that tooth brushing and flossing cannot thus significantly reducing tooth decay and gingivitis.

The Right Mouthwash

It appears that if you really are intent on taking good care of your teeth and gums, mouthwashes should be part of your arsenal. However, the aisle at the pharmacy or supermarket is teeming with choices.

With so many brands and claims, choosing the right mouthwash may not be as easy as picking out a can of chickpeas. Since we all have different needs, here is a list to keep in mind before picking out a bottle.

Choose a mouthwash with germ fighting properties. Not all mouthwashes are created equal. Some are meant for freshening breath (cosmetical) and some are meant to do heavy work such as fighting tooth decay and preventing tartar (therapeutic). Indeed, cosmetic mouthwashes can still attack bacteria but mouthwashes with germ fighting action are the ones that pack a wallop.

Go for alcohol free mouthwashes. There were previous reports correlating oral cancer with alcohol based mouth rinses. While the claims of the study are still in question, alcohol is indeed harsh and delicate gum tissues may have a difficult time dealing with it.  Instead, scout around and read the labels. Choose alcohol-free mouth rinses and particularly look for those with calming ingredients such as aloe vera or chamomile.

Determine your needs. Select a mouthwash that is specifically formulated to suit your needs, whether it is fighting cavities or one that offers extra protection against tartar and gum disease.

Check the mouthwash for any seal of approval. Such seals verify the claims made by the product. Chances are these unbiased organizations have tested the products rigorously before giving it their stamp of approval.

Finally, consult your dentist. If you cannot quite decide on which mouthwash to purchase, ask your dentist. Your dentist will know which products will suit your needs.

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