The Philippines is known for a nation that smiles, but ironically, our country has the worst dental care, next to Brunei. Despite being a happy/ smiling nation, not every Filipino can confidently smile and the sad truth is, oral health care isn’t a priority for most of us.
Oral care is something that’s been a hot topic not only in my family but also to my friends. I’ve had my fair share of dental boo-boos with myself and my kids and since then, I promise to be more proactive when it comes to our oral health. I’ve gotten a few questions from friends as well as from my readers as to when should one bring his or her child to see a dentist, which I believe I’ve answer in one of these dental-related posts.
In most cases here in the Philippines, a visit to the dentist only happens when one is already suffering from a dental disease. Another sad truth is, 7 out 10 Filipinos have never even been to a dentist. source
In a recent study, 9 out of 10 Filipinos suffer from dental diseases – that’s about 92.4% of Filipinos suffering from tooth decay, and 78% having gum disease. Unfortunately, dental diseases affect almost every Filipino at one point or another in their lives. source
Unfortunately our confidence in smiling doesn’t equate to how we are when it comes to our oral health. This I can relate to on a personal level. For there were times when I feel like my teeth are not clean enough that I’d smile in front of the camera haphazardly without showing my teeth. Upon realizing this, I immediately scheduled a visit to my dentist.
Initially, I felt shy because I’m afraid I’d be judge by my dentist when it comes to my oral health. Surprisingly, despite not visiting as often as I should – the recommended dental visit should be at least every 6 months – my dentist happily reported that I didn’t developed any cavities over the course of x number of months of no-dental visits. Whew. She was actually curious as to how I managed to be cavity-free – perhaps because she can’t fathom the fact that I haven’t had my oral prophylaxis in over a year yet there were minimal plaque and stain to clean. I owe it all to my oral hygiene.
Truth be told, in order for our country’ state of oral health to improve, we should first address our individual oral health concerns. We can start off by choosing the right products that can help us achieve good oral hygiene. I personally find Oral B as my go-to oral care tools. Currently, I’m loving Oral B Pro-Health Cross Action toothbrush. It provides superior cleaning with its unique 16-degree angle brush to remove 99% plaque and help prevent oral health problems.
I like that it has soft bristles that don’t hurt my sensitive gums. It’s got Power Tip® bristles that can help clean hard to reach places – particularly my upper molar teeth. The CrissCross™ bristles are angled in opposing directions to life out and sweep away plaque. Another thing I like it its built in tongue cleaner that’s designed to help achieve fresh breath. Lastly, it’s got Indicator® bristles that fade halfway to let me know when I need to replace my brush.
Usually, dentist recommends changing one’s brush every 3 months. In my case, I need to change between a month to a month and half because I gravitate to wore out the bristles of my brush more than others. Heehee.
My Oral B oral care must-haves: Oral B Pro-Health Cross Action toothbrush and Oral B Superfloss.
There’s a huge difference between how we pride ourselves as a country that smiles versus our confidence to smile. The key to a confident smile is using the right toothbrush and for me, I’ve found my partner in helping me be confident to flash my smile with Oral B Pro-Health Cross Action toothbrush.
Now it’s time to be true to what we are truly known for – a nation of happy smiling Filipinos. So let’s make it happen and take the first step to oral care- use the right toothbrush so you can #SmilePilipinas. 😀