Singapore – This World Oral Health Day, Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, is calling public attention to the importance of adopting good oral hygiene habits to keep our teeth and gums healthy in our later years by partnering with dental professional Dr Leroy Kiang to develop an educational infographic on maintaining oral hygiene. It will also be launching its Sonicare 3000 electric toothbrush in a limited Black edition to mark the occasion. Numerous studies show a strong link between poor oral health and chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke1,2. The World Health Organization has also adopted an important resolution which underpins that maintaining a healthy mouth can reduce your chances of developing wider health issues. Globally, around 3.5 billion people suffer from preventable oral diseases – such as tooth decay and gum disease3. As with many major health issues, prevention and early detection of oral disease is key to stem any negative repercussions on the rest of your body.
“The mouth is often regarded as the mirror of one’s health. At Philips, we always keep the health of our consumers first and consider their needs in our innovations. Our advanced personalised solutions are developed to support you in maintaining a set of healthy teeth and gums not just for cosmetic reasons, but also because a healthy mouth now may mean less health-related issues for you in the future,” said Mr Muir Keir, Business Leader, Personal Health, Philips ASEAN Pacific.
As one ages, the state of our mouth also changes. Our teeth will shift and lose bone mass, and gums will recede. Tooth loss can also occur due to long-term dental neglect and as our teeth enamel wears down. Dental caries, commonly known as tooth decay, and periodontal disease are among some of the most common dental diseases seen in Singapore. While dental caries affects people of all ages, gum diseases are a common issue as we age.