Don’t you love seeing a child smile? When I was little, batang bungisngis ako. Sabi kasi ni Mommy I had nice teeth so kailangan ko daw ipag-malaki. I had nice teeth because my mom taught me the importance of taking care of it. And I’m proud to say that I’m already in my 30s pero wala pa rin akong cavities. Good job, mother!
Now, I’m passing on what I’ve learned from my mom to Addie. Hindi ko siya sinasanay sa candies, and we brush her teeth every after meals. But I recently learned na hindi pala sapat yun.
Last August 26, Colgate invited bloggers to put their knowledge on oral health care to a test.
We lost the quiz-off! I never knew na kulang pa pala ang alam at ginagawa ko.
Here are TEN THINGS that we didn’t know about oral health care.
1. Eating healthy food can also cause cavities. Bacteria in our mouth use the sugar from the food that we eat to produce acid which causes cavities. Any carb that we eat, kasama ang rice, potatoes, bread, fruits and vegetables, can start that process.
2. Don’t brush your teeth immediately after eating acidic food. Before brushing your teeth, consider the acidity of the food you just ate. Acid makes teeth enamel softer and vulnerable to abrasion. Some foods with high acidity are chips, sodas and citrus drinks. Kaya pala minsan may pangingilo after brushing kung kakakain lang ng mangga.
3. The best angle to brush is 45 degrees, applying a sweeping motion away from the gum line by using short strokes. Hindi pala enough ang up and down movement. Use the right amount of pressure to avoid teeth sensitivity.
4. Proper brushing takes at least 120 seconds. Dentists advise 2 minutes of brushing to achieve a healthy smile. Patience is a virtue. Magbasa nalang kayo ng blog namin while brushing. 🙂
5. Don’t rinse immediately after brushing. Medyo weird isipin but there’s a reason for this. Flouride from your toothpaste easily washes away, but we need flouride para labanan ang tooth decay. So, it’s better to rinse 30 minutes after brushing.
6. Our mouths have good bacteria, particularly those which help food digestion. Alcoholic mouthwash may kill all bacteria, good and bad ones, so it’s better to use a non-alcoholic mouthwash so it only gets rid of the bacteria we don’t need. (We use Colgate Plax :-))
7. Milk can cause cavities. Although milk is a source of calcium which is essential for strong bones and teeth, the bacteria in our mouth use the natural sugar in the milk to produce acid which causes cavities. Thus, dentists advise letting your child drink water after ingesting milk.
8. Milk teeth can also get cavities. If left untreated, it may spread to other teeth.
9. Should we remove decaying milk teeth? No. Milk teeth guide the growth of the permanent teeth. The early removal of a milk tooth may case misalignment of the permanent tooth.
10. Incidence of cavities among Filipino children is 9 out of 10. 9 out of 10 public school students have cavities.
By sharing the above information, we can help lessen the number of children with cavities. As Ms. Glowie Robillo, Digital Marketing and Public Relations Manager of Colgate-Palmolive Philippines, said during the quiz-off: “…oral care is and will always be one of the core aspects of a child’s health and well-being. By presenting facts and debunking oral health myths in an engaging way, we are making it relevant to the representatives of new-age moms, the bloggers.”
Thank you, Colgate for a very educational event!
Remember, healthy lives start with healthy smiles. Visit the Oral Health Center, www.Colgate.ph for more information on Colgate products and tips on proper Oral Care.