How To Take Care of Your Oral Health

Posted: February 2021

Oral Health is fundamental to overall health, well-being and quality of life. A healthy mouth enables people to eat, speak and socialize without pain, discomfort or embarrassment.

Pain from untreated dental diseases can lead to eating, sleeping, speaking, and learning problems in children and adolescents, which affect child’s social interactions, school achievement, general health, and quality of life. Rampant dental caries in children adversely affect the overall nutrition necessary for the growth of the body specifically body weight and height. That begins with the first bite and chewing the food efficiently.

Dental Caries (tooth decay) and Periodontal Diseases (gum diseases) are the two most common oral health diseases affecting the Filipinos. 87.4 % Filipinos are suffering from dental caries while 48.3 % has gum disease (based on the 2011 National Monitoring and Evaluation Dental Survey).

There are many ways these two most common dental diseases can be prevented.
Dental caries and Gum diseases can be prevented through:

  • Regular visits to the dentist for early diagnosis, preventive care, and treatment;
  • Professionally applied fluorides & sealants;
  • Well balanced diet;
  • Minimize eating sugary foods;
  • Good plaque control through regular tooth brushing and flossing;
  • Healthy lifestyle such as avoidance of tobacco smoking, drugs & excessive alcohol-intake.

To prevent gum disease and other oral health problems, schedule regular dental cleanings and exams that include X-rays. In the meantime, contact your dentist if you notice any signs or symptoms that could suggest oral health problems, such as:

  • Red, tender or swollen gums
  • Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
  • Gums that begin pulling away from your teeth
  • Loose permanent teeth
  • Unusual sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Persistent bad breath or an unusual taste in your mouth
  • Painful chewing

Remember, early detection and treatment of problems with your gums, teeth and mouth can help ensure a lifetime of good oral health.

Source: Department of Health (DOH) | Mayo Clinic