Developing an understanding of how to look after your mouth, teeth and gums from a young age is important. However, a third of parents globally find it difficult to get their children to clean their teeth regularly2. With 60% to 90% of schoolchildren and almost all adults suffering from tooth decay worldwide3, it is more important than ever to instill good brushing routines early on and understand how lifestyle choices can have a detrimental impact.
“It is crucial that parents encourage their children to adopt good oral hygiene habits and have regular dental check-ups to contribute to a lifetime of well-being. For a start, parents should bring their child to a dentist when their child’s first tooth appears, and supervise their child for brushing sessions twice a day with a small amount of fluoride toothpaste in the prevention of tooth decay,” said Dr. Yue Weng Cheu, Clinical Director of DP Dental and The Linguadontics Clinic.
“It is also important to understand that some habits, such as breathing through the mouth, can lead to more tooth decay as it dries up the saliva in the mouth and causes tooth demineralization. The position of your tongue is also crucial to overall health and well-being. A low tongue position can contribute to snoring and obstructive sleep apnea and lead to health issues such as cardiovascular diseases. Always keep a tongue up position to support an open airway and better breathing,” added Dr. Yue.
Philips’ year-long oral health campaign in partnership with FDI World Dental Federation - “Say Ahh: Think Mouth, Think Health” - aims to make the connection that a healthy mouth and a healthy body go hand in hand. The campaign also highlights the fact that many general health conditions increase the risk of oral diseases and problems in the mouth can negatively impact the rest of the body. Early detection and treatment are the best form of preventive care.