In my four years of sharing the work space with our company dentist, I’ve realized that it was not just the medical health that is being neglected by the employees but most especially their oral health.
Their reason for missing their dental appointment?
“I’M BUSY” or “I HAVE TONS OF WORK TO DO”
Only a few have their private dentist.
There’s one who was just afraid of seeing the dentist.
He would prefer to have a deteriorating oral health than to be checked.
There was this one patient who regularly complained of dizziness. She has been already checked by doctors of different specializations but the doctors could not find out the reason behind it.
Then one day, our company dentist told me that the said patient was advised to see a specialist for Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ), a condition wherein there’s a problem with the joint connecting the jaw and skull. However, the patient delayed consulting with that specialist until the day she retired.
The dentist also told me that employees can’t see the importance of oral health. “Aside from having dental caries, poor oral health in more severe cases may lead to having rheumatic heart disease.”
Now that many of us are working from home, we can eat whenever we want several times a day while in front of our computer screen.
No matter how busy we are, let’s not take our Oral Health for granted.
So, what action can we take?
Regular Dental Visit
Our dentist knows best as regards our oral health.
Dental needs vary from person to person. The intervention that has to be done to you may be different from mine or your neighbor and even your twin (in case you have).
With a lot of ongoing restrictions, it’s good to see your dentist at least once a year. The frequency of visits depends on your dental condition.
Brush Your Teeth Regularly and Properly
It is recommended by the Philippine Dental Association to brush our teeth at least twice a day for at least two minutes per brushing.
It is also important not to brush too hard to protect your teeth enamel from wearing off.
It’s good to use a soft-bristle toothbrush.
It’s not about the amount of toothpaste that’s being used in brushing the teeth but it’s the proper way of brushing.
Better To Use Alcohol-free Mouthwash
Alcohol-based mouthwash may destroy the normal flora inside our oral cavity. If this happens, our first line of defense against pathogens is compromised, thereby increasing the risk of having diseases.
Oil pulling with VCO may also help promote good oral health.
Eating food rich in high artificial sugar increases the risk of having oral health problems. Remember that bacteria love sugar as much as people do.
There are also some food and beverages that may stain the teeth like coffee, tea and tomato-based sauce.
Eating too many crackers and chips may affect our teeth enamel.
So just a tip, everything has to be in moderation.
There, you have it.
Let’s live the rest of the year and the upcoming years with better health!