How healthy our teeth is reflects our overall well-being. But with the new normal, taking care of our teeth and visiting our dentist can be a challenge.
In a virtual event at Manila Water Foundation’s Facebook and Youtube pages, experts from the dental and medical fields provided talks that aimed to raise awareness about proper oral health amid the pandemic during the 2021 World Oral Health Day celebration on March 19, led by the Philippine Dental Association and Manila Water Foundation.
Taking Care of Our Oral Health in the New Normal
During the virtual celebration, the speakers highlighted that the many ways to take precautions when taking care of our oral health or visiting the dentist. Through technology, we can also consult your dentist through teledentistry with one click away. Here patients can be monitored remotely and recommendations for your oral health concerns can be given without stepping your house. Using health applications whether through your computer or mobile phone, you can talk to your dentist through video conferencing.
Should physical dental appointments be necessary, the following safety protocols are to be followed in every dental clinic:
- Calling or texting to check in when you arrive to the office is recommended to limit visitors in the clinic.
- Temperature will be measured upon arrival.
- Only patients with appointment may come into the office.
- Communal items are removed from the waiting ropom.
- The clinic will be thoroughly disinfected in between patients' appointments.
- Social distancing measures must be followed.
- Rescheduling is requested for those who are in close contact with the sick or has experienced symptoms in the last two weeks
Aside from the visiting the dentist in the new normal, representatives from the Philippine Dental Association, Department of Health, and Department of Education, also discussed about the proper toothbrushing techniques and oral care to prevent dental concerns. Completing our oral hygiene routine—from brushing, flossing, gargling with mouth wash to cleaning—is essential to strengthen our teeth and avoid any dental problems. Lastly, FDI World Dental Federation, the world's leading organization representing the dental profession, also shared what this celebration is about through a message from its president, Dr. Gerhard Seeberger.
The virtual event is co-presented with the Department of Health and the Department of Education’s Oplan Kalusugan, and corporate partners PHILUSA Corporation, makers of Cleene CLIO toothbrush, and Lamoiyan Corporation, makers of Hapee Toothpaste.
Making toothbrushing accessible for all
Aside from the virtual ceremony, MWF and PDA also inaugurated a three-faucet toothbrushing and handwashing facility in a Dumagat community in Tanay, Rizal, in line with the celebration of the 2021 World Oral Health Day.
PDA nominated Brgy. Cayabu, their community partner for their programs, with 60 Dumagat families or 200 individuals as the beneficiary of a three-faucet hybrid hygiene facility.
“Most of the Tribong Dumagat don’t have a wash area or lababo and even toilets," said Brgy. Cayabu Chair Antonio Bolaños. "We have to guide and familiarize [sa] mga tamang practices sa kalinisan at kalusugan,” he added.
During the inauguration last March 10, PDA led a toothbrushing lecture, while MWF provided IECs on proper handwashing and toothbrushing, and distributed hygiene supplies from PHILUSA Corporation containing Cleene CLIO toothbrushes, Cleene foaming hand soap, ethyl alcohol, povidone iodine, tissue rolls, dental floss, and vitamin C tablets.
From March 8 to 12, MWF also distributed the same hygiene supplies to institutions in Bulacan, Laguna, and Pangasinan, covering schools, day care centers COVID-19 facilities, and barangay health centers, benefiting more than 2,000 individuals.
For the virtual celebration of World Oral Health Day, visit Manila Water Foundation’s Facebook or Youtube pages. Brush your teeth properly, visit the dentist regularly, and eat healthy, nutritious food. With these habits, you will surely be #MouthProud!