February Dental Month
Avoid dental problems
thru proper brushing
TAGBILARAN CITY, February 2 (PIA)—It can be so complicated that people with this problem spends fortunes, but a simple prevention however is nothing fancier than having a good brushing.
“Tooth decay and dental caries can be prevented, and all it takes is a good training on proper tooth brushing and discipline,” assert dentists Drs. Ruthie Villas-Lapay and Felino Columnas.
Villas-Lapay, Philippine Dental Association (PDA) Bohol Chapter current president and Columnas, past president explained that good training and proper brushing, means a good tooth brush with a soft bristle, gentle up and down brushing movement the toothbrush angled 45 degrees and reaching the farthest back of molars, gums, palate and even the tongue, both dentists add.
And as to how often times does one brush teeth, dentists recommend three times: after every meal, or as often as when one introduces food in the mouth.
Speaking at the Kapihan sa PIA to commemorate February as National Dental Month, both Villas-Lapay and Columnas whose terms were marked by their going around the towns to spread awareness on proper brushing admit that over 90% of Boholano kids have dental problems.
A problem than can start as soon as an infant shows first teeth, dentists said even mother’s milk, which has sugar in it, can cause teeth rot among babies.
From simply using a soft gauze to swap the baby’s palate to a specialized tooth brush will greatly do to start a habit, Dr. Lapay suggested.
Brushing, although not among the priority foundational motor coordination skills Boholano kids get, this could be taught and built as a habit, they shared.
In their sorties to schools and towns, Dr. Villas, whose PDA term now is also picking up the brushing awareness campaign, said most kids admit to one or two brushing per day.
Without proper brushing, any food sediment that gets stuck in the teeth attract bacteria, which can destroy gums, cause infection and then cause the teeth to rot, the lady dentist explained.
Even more complicated is when the infection gets into the gums, collects pus and the more serious the infection, the bigger is that chance the gums break sending the pus to the whole system by swallowing.
This, according to Dr Columnas, can get to the heart and cause even more serious issues.
Other than improper brushing, both dentists agree that another problem kids of today are hounded is the progression of a malpractice of giving pacifiers and thumb-sucking.
When parents starts the habit of giving infant pacifiers, the kids pick the habit to thumbsuck as soon as the pacifiers are withdrawn.
And as to how this affects, Columnas said the gums, which are very sensitive moves when you have objects in the mouth.
Eventually, it pushes the palate muscles to act differently causing teeth occlusion leading to jaw deformities.
Uncorrected when young, the corrective action could be expensive retraining and putting up of restrainers or braces, which can be prevented, hand the kid been trained to properly take care of their teeth.
Build the habit, Columnas urged parents during the radio forum.
By taking acre of one’s teeth, the family can spare a few savings for dental services, which could be allotted now to other priorities. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)