[Smile Pilipinas] Few Words On The Importance Of Oral Health - "Our smiles are fundamental to our identity as Filipinos”

Just wanna share you this article from Joy Angelica Subido of Philstar. This article is about Oral Care and about the program called “Smile Pilipinas” that was launched by the UPDAA in partnership with global oral care brand Oral-B. 

"It isn’t an exaggeration to say that a visit to the dentist was akin to torture in the early 1970s. At a time when reliable high-speed drills were somewhat a rarity in smaller cities like Baguio where I grew up, having a cavity cleaned and filled was literally a head-jarring experience.  

As a child, I remember focusing on a poster that was strategically placed opposite the dentist’s chair. It said, “Without teeth there can be no chewing. Without chewing there can be no nutrition. Without nutrition, there can be no health. Without health, what is life?” 

This was drilled like a mantra in my head as I tried to block the screeching sound of the dental drill and persevere through the pain.

With the preponderance of laser equipment, intraoral cameras and other hi- tech dental gadgets that make dental appointments practically pain-free, this generation has it easy when it comes to visits to the dentist. 

Thus, it’s surprising when we are confronted with statistics. “Nine out of 10 Filipinos suffer from dental caries,” says Dr. Jocelyn Tan, president of the University of the Philippines Dental Alumni Association (UPDAA). “The Philippines has the second worst rate of decayed, missing and filled teeth in all of Asia.”

Dr. Vicente Medina III, dean of the UP College of Dentistry, reveals even more disturbing statistics. “More than seven out of 10 Filipinos have never been to the dentist and 98 percent of children from ages three to five have early childhood caries,” he says. “This just goes to show that oral health is not a priority in the Philippines.”  Thus, there is a need to increase awareness on the importance of oral health and integrate it into primary health systems. “Oral hygiene is part of overall health because the body is an entire system, ” says Dr. Medina. 

Tooth decay increases the risk for certain heart conditions. It contributes to increased morbidity and mortality in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and causes immune dysfunction, including defects in lymphocyte and monocyte function. Persons with tooth decay are prone to bacterial infections and malnutrition, while pregnant women with tooth decay have an increased risk for delivering underweight, pre-term babies.

 It is timely therefore that a program called “Smile Pilipinas” was launched by the UPDAA in partnership with global oral care brand Oral-B. “Our smiles are fundamental to our identity as Filipinos,” says Dr. Jocelyn Tan. “We need to establish a national framework of action for oral health, but oral care professionals cannot do it alone. We need the support and cooperation of everyone — the parents, the educators, and ordinary citizens. The Smile Pilipinas campaign seeks to increase awareness so that more Filipinos will be conscious about the importance of oral health. It hopes to bring oral health within reach of all Filipinos through increased financial support for dental health programs, upgrading of government dental health facilities, and expanded oral health education that will focus on disease prevention.

“This is a great opportunity for Oral-B to do something concrete about improving the quality of oral health in the Philippines,” says Suranjan Magesvaran, Procter & Gamble vice president, Home Products, Power and Oral Care, Asia , and Smile Pilipinas campaign partner. “The Filipinos’ smile is more than a smile. It demonstrates the resilience of a nation.”

Brushing the teeth is basic for good oral hygiene.  And as it is with all matters pertaining to health, prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to oral health.

Source: philstar.com/health-and-family

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NewSmile Batangas City Dental Clinic Definition Of The Moment: Orthodontist Vs Dentist

As we all know, dentists are physicians that take care of our oral health and hygiene. They perform regular checkups and cleaning while monitoring your mouth for signs of cavities and gum disease. Many dentists also perform some surgery such as tooth extractions and root canals. So how is an orthodontist different from a regular dentist?

The root of the word orthodontist comes from the Greek word orthos, which means "straight". In turn, this type of dental profession is concerned with keeping or making teeth straight. This can include over or under bites, misaligned jaws, tooth irregularity, and the intimate relationship between jaw shape and position and tooth alignment. Perhaps the most common work of an orthodontist is the placement of braces on the teeth of growing children in order to correct their alignment.

Dental braces can represent a hideous time of childhood for many kids. Classmates are often ruthless and will mercilessly tease children that look difference. A bright, shining row of metal along the top and bottom teeth can even prevent many children from smiling and revealing their secret. In the long run, it is hard to argue with the beneficial effects of dental braces. They help the jaw remain properly aligned and can prevent problems in the future. Plus, they enhance the aesthetic aspect of teeth alignment and look better.

Dental braces are made from stainless steel. Recently, some forms of braces used by the orthodontist are made with ceramic and look better because they more closely resemble the tooth enamel. Brackets and wires within and along the braces interact with each other to move teeth into the desired position over a number of months or years. The process is slow and painstaking and can take quite a long time. There are also clear plastic liners that are used to realign teeth without betraying their presence. Sometimes these retainers can be worn only at night. There are a variety of other utensils and equipment that are used to help straighten teeth. Plates, headgear and expansion tools are commonly used in children requiring severe jaw modifications.

The decision about which type of tooth straightening apparatus to use largely depends on the level of severity that the orthodontist is trying to fix. Mild to moderate problems can usually be easily fixed over a long period of time just by wearing a retainer at night. However, some people were born with irregular jaw alignment that resulted in dramatic crookedness of their teeth. These folks will require more extensive and more expensive interventions for a longer period of time.

Long-term maintenance of dental braces may be required as a person ages. In some cases, the patient does not have to participate in any maintenance measures and the work done by their orthodontist is more or less permanent. Other patients may be required to wear a retainer at night. This is important to maintain the results of the intervention because dental braces are expensive and painful and you wouldn't want to have to wear them again after correcting the problem.

Article Source: EzineArticles

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Orthodontic Treatment - Knowing When to See an Orthodontist In Batangas City

Many people think of orthodontists as providing only traditional braces. However, orthodontics has come a long way in recent years and your orthodontist can treat problems with a wide variety of options. Braces can be made of many different materials optimized for strength, versatility or subtle appearance. Your treatment option may include standard braces on the outside of the teeth, clear ceramic braces that are more difficult to see, or lingual braces placed on the back of the teeth. Aligner trays are also used for orthodontic treatment. These are removable and needn't stay in the mouth as permanently as braces.
Orthodontic treatments are not used solely to improve the appearance of the teeth, though this is usually the most noticeable change to onlookers. Having teeth that are properly aligned and a correct bite is very important. If your teeth are misaligned, you may not be able to clean them properly. When your floss and toothbrush can't get the job done, your teeth will decay, develop cavities or even fall out. An incorrect bite can make it difficult to speak or eat. Over time, a bite that isn't corrected will wear your teeth unevenly. Many such problems are also uncomfortable and even painful.

If you believe that you or your child may need orthodontic treatment, you should talk to your dentist or orthodontist right away. Treatment works best when it is performed on children and adolescents. The jaw and teeth are easier to reposition while the face is still growing and developing. Once a patient has reached adulthood, treatment may become more difficult. Different treatment options must be used and the time it will take for adjustment to be complete is usually much longer. This is not to say that adults cannot see a orthodontist however, as treatment options can always be explored.

There are many signs and symptoms that can indicate a need to see a orthodontist. With children, you should look for a very late or very early loss of baby teeth. Children who regularly suck their thumbs or keep other objects in the mouth on a regular basis are at greater risk for oral problems that will need to be treated with orthodontics. Difficulty speaking, chewing, biting and closing the mouth are other early signs of a problem that you should talk to a orthodontist about. Breathing through the mouth, though a more subtle sign may also indicate a problem.

Once all the teeth have come in, you will be able to see a more visible indication of whether orthodontic treatment is necessary. If the teeth appear crowded, out of place, or protrude from the mouth, this is a problem that may need to be corrected. If the child can bite into the roof of the mouth, frequently bites into the cheek or grinds and clenches his or her teeth, talk to a dentist or orthodontist immediately. Though treatment isn't always possible until children lose their baby teeth, it's important to talk to a orthodontist early so you can assess the situation and develop a plan of treatment.

Source: EzineArticles

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NewSmile Quote For the Moment: "After every storm the sun will smile; for every problem there is a solution, and the soul's indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer."

To all the residents of Batangas City and all neighboring towns and cities of Batangas Province, our prayers to your safety and earliest recovery due to Typhoon Ruby (with International name Hagupit). Stay safe. God bless you all po. 

Here's a great quote from William R. Alger, he said "After every storm the sun will smile; for every problem there is a solution, and the soul's indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer." 

"Thousands of Batangas residents fled their homes Monday hours before Hagupit (local name: Ruby), which has weakened into a tropical storm, made its fourth landfall in Laiya, San Juan, Batangas before 6 p.m. 

A total of 4,965 people or 1,206 families in 11 areas in Batangas mostly living in coastal areas have already been evacuated. They are composed of the following: 515 evacuees from Lipa City; 894 from San Juan; 1,252 from Nasugbu; 253 from Calatagan; 93 from Lobo; 1,258 from Batangas City; 13 from San Pascual; 219 from Balete; 148 from San Nicolas; and 81 from Cuenca. 

Most of the evacuees are now staying at the Batangas Coliseum and Alingalin Elementary School. 

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) reported that Hagupit made landfall at 5:45 p.m. 

Earlier, in its 5 p.m. severe weather bulletin, Pagasa said Hagupit's landfall in San Juan town would be associated with strong winds, storm surge, and moderate to heavy rainfall. 

The state weather bureau said the estimated amount rainfall that would be brought by Hagupit to affected areas would be between five and 15 millimeters per hour or moderate to heavy rainfall within the 450 km-diameter of the tropical storm.

The state weather bureau said Hagupit and the northeast monsoon "will cause rough to very rough sea conditions over the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas." 

"Fisherfolk and those using small sea craft are advised not to venture out over the said seaboards," Pagasa said. 

At 10 p.m., the state weather bureau said the center of the storm was located 45 km south of Ambulong, Tanauan City, Batangas, with maximum winds of 65 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 80 kph. 

Hagupit is expected to move west at 13 kph. 

During an earlier press briefing Monday, Pagasa forecaster Jori Loiz said the state weather bureau was expecting the storm to further weaken as it hits another landmass."Mas malaki-laking landmass 'yong papasukin niya ngayon so posible siyang further na mag-weaken." 

Hagupit is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility Wednesday evening.

By Tuesday evening, the storm is expected to be 310 km west of Ambulong. By Wednesday evening, Hagupit will be 655 km west of the same town or outside of the PAR. "

Source: interaksyon

If You Think Mouth/Teeth and Heart Diseases Are Not Connected, Think Again - Here's a Practical Heart and Oral Health Advice

Did you know that heart disease and oral health are linked? There are two different connections between heart disease and your oral health:
  1. Studies have shown that people with moderate or advanced gum (periodontal) disease are more likely to have heart disease than those with healthy gums.
  2. Oral health holds clues to overall health. Studies have shown that oral health can provide warning signs for other diseases or conditions, including heart disease.

Are you at risk?

Many of the risk factors for gum disease are the same as those for heart disease, such as tobacco use, poor nutrition and diabetes. Overall, people who have chronic gum disease are at higher risk for a heart attack, according to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Gum disease (called gingivitis in its early stages and periodontal disease in the late stages) is caused by plaque buildup along and below the gum line. Some researchers have suggested that gum disease may contribute to heart disease because bacteria from infected gums can dislodge, enter the bloodstream, attach to blood vessels and increase clot formation. It has also been suggested that inflammation caused by gum disease may also trigger clot formation. Clots decrease blood flow to the heart, thereby causing an elevation in blood pressure and increasing the risk of a heart attack.

Research shows that many systemic diseases – including heart disease – have oral symptoms. Dentists can help patients who have a history of heart disease by examining them for any signs of oral pain, infection or inflammation. According to the AGD, proper diagnosis and treatment of tooth and gum infections in some of these patients have led to a decrease in blood pressure medications and improved overall health. If you currently have heart disease, make sure to tell your dentist about your condition as well as any medications you are currently taking. Remember to carefully follow your physician’s and dentist’s instructions about health care, and use any prescription medications, such as antibiotics, as directed.

Warning signs

Gum disease affects 80% of American adults and often the condition goes undiagnosed. Warning signs that you may have gum disease include:

  • Red, tender or swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums while brushing or flossing
  • Gums that seem to be pulling away from your teeth
  • Chronic bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • Teeth that are loose or separating from each other

Proactive prevention

While regular dental exams and cleanings are necessary to remove bacteria, plaque and tartar and detect early signs of gum disease, you can play a major role in preventing gum disease every day. The best way to be proactive in maintaining your oral and overall health is scheduling regular dental checkups, getting professional cleanings and regular brushing and flossing. Taking steps to stop gum disease at the source is the best way to keep your smile beautiful at any age.

Source: deltadentalins

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15 Signs and Reasons Why You Should Visit Your Dentist in Batangas City

Welcome here once again. Today NewSmile Batangas City Dental Clinic is going to share 15 Signs and Reasons Why You Should Visit Your Dentist (in Batangas City). These are not exact rule of thumb but you can follow these to avoid some consequences.  

  1. Your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold
  2. Your gums bleed when you brush or floss
  3. You have fillings, crowns, dental implants, dentures, etc.
  4. You don’t like the way your smile or teeth look
  5. You have persistent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
  6. You are pregnant
  7. You have pain or swelling in your mouth, face or neck
  8. You have difficulty chewing or swallowing
  9. You have a family history of gum disease or tooth decay
  10. You have a medical condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease,eating disorders, or are HIV positive
  11. Your mouth is often dry
  12. You smoke or use other tobacco products
  13. You are undergoing medical treatment such as radiation, chemotherapy or hormone replacement therapy
  14. Your jaw sometimes pops or is painful when opening and closing, chewing or when you first wake up; you have an uneven bite
  15. You have a spot or sore that doesn't look or feel right in your mouth and it isn't going away.

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