Dental problems is one of the things that Filipinos neglect to check. Our teeth is not one of the problems Filipinos usually think about unless it is felt, visible or until the misalignment of the teeth becomes worse. According to the Department of Health in Central Visayas, around 80% of Filipinos are experiencing dental problems. In this article, we’ll be discussing the most common dental problems in the Philippines and how can you solve it.
Oral healthcare is mostly a concern people tend to ignore and only notices it when something feels wrong. Dental problems can happen to children and adults. And toothache is one of the most common ailment that either a child or an adult complains about. This is due to bad oral hygiene and lack of proper dental care.
Did you know that these dental problems aren’t just limited to your mouth? But could also cause serious conditions including endocarditis, gastrointestinal diseases, heart disease and more.
Here are the most common dental problems in the Philippines.
1. Tooth Decay
Tooth decay affects about 92.4% of Filipinos which means that majority of the people here in the Philippines experience tooth decay. And only 1 out of 10 Filipinos are willing to visit the dentist. Tooth decay is the softening of a person’s tooth enamel and damages the tooth caused by acids in your mouth. When it gets worse, it turns into a cavity wherein a dentist has to repair it using fillings.
2. Teeth Discoloration
Everyone would love having pearly white teeth that enhances their face and confidence. But because of vices such as drinking, smoking, or even just by not observing proper oral hygiene, teeth discoloration occurs. This works when there are particles that cause stain work through the exterior of the tooth or when the teeth gathers within the tooth enamel.
3. Periodontal Disease
It was said that 78% of Filipinos suffer from gum disease, that is similar to 8 out of 10 people suffering from gingivitis or swelling of the gums. This is one of the major oral health problems of Filipinos, next to tooth decay. It is usually caused by poor brushing and flossing habits that allow plaque to build. Periodontal disease can lead to sore, bleeding gums, chewing problems, and tooth loss.
4. Teeth Sensitivity
One of its common causes is teeth grinding, receding gums ,and improper way of brushing your teeth. Tooth sensitivity happens when the dentin is exposed. When hot, cold, acidic, or sweet food and drinks are consumed, the feeling of discomfort can be felt.
5. Misaligned Teeth
Some Filipinos suffer from misaligned teeth. It’s just not limited to crooked ones, but overbites and underbites as well. It is most common to children and teens growing up and they would usually opt for braces to align their teeth. Misaligned teeth can cause speech problems and even health problems.
Oral health is one of the things we all have to look out for. You might be asking how you can prevent dental problems from developing, well, the answer to that is easy. First is to observe proper oral hygiene. Second is to see your dentist at least 2-3 times a year, even if you think you don’t have any dental problems. Remember that prevention is better than cure.
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