Commissioned by the Health Promotion Board, an Adult Oral Health Survey conducted in 2003 on 6,560 Singaporeans aged above 20 years revealed the following:
Two of the most prevalent oral diseases are dental caries and periodontal disease, which can result in debilitating effects such as pain, discomfort, dysfunction, reduced quality of life, and the incurrence of high oral healthcare expenditure.
The GOOD news for all is that both dental caries and periodontal diseases are largely preventable when you adopt positive oral health habits and self-care practices.
As a Reminder…
|Positive Oral Care Practices||Remarks from iDentalcare|
|Brush at least twice daily||It must be effective thorough brushing of teeth twice daily and not rushed through the regime|
|Floss at least once daily||Too rigorous brushing can abrade away the other enamel layers resulting in tooth sensitivity|
|Visit your dentist at least once a year||Interdental brushing is utmost important for removal of plaque in between teeth which cannot be performed by brushing alone|
|It is a misconception to visit the dentist only when pain arise|
|Routine dental check up allows the dentist to detect any early signs of disease and assess your brushing techniques|
|Prevention is better than cure|