DOH: 78% of Filipinos suffer gum diseases

Gum problems continue to be a serious public health concern in the Philippines.
Date Posted: Feb 22, 2017

Gum problems continue to be a serious public health concern in the Philippines.

As much as 78% of Filipinos are suffering from gingivitis or swelling of the gums, the Department of Health has said. 

While toothpaste aids in removing dental plaque that can build up on your teeth, your choice of toothbrush is just as important.

This is because toothbrush with hard bristles may be doing your teeth and gums more harm than good. 

Dr. Harris Acero, a doctor of alternative medicine, said that brushing-induced bleeding could lead to infection of the mouth and even of the body. 

In a research conducted by 'Reward Me', a health and wellness website, green tea leaf has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-oxidant property. All of these are important in keeping one's teeth and gums healthy.

“Green tea has substances that can prevent the inflammation of the gums and can fight bacteria that cause the infection inside the gums,” Acero said.

To prevent gingivitis and other gum diseases, Acero, meanwhile, recommends using a toothbrush with green tea essence and soft bristles.

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