Improper dental care can cause diseases, doctors say
Improper brushing of teeth may lead to heart attack, cancer and other deadly diseases. This is according to doctors of dental and internal medicine.
In a research conducted by the Department of Health, 87% of the current population or 83 million out of 102 million Filipinos suffer from tooth decay.
Dr. Regina Santos-Morales, a periodontics and implant dentist, warns that plaque build up can cause tooth decay, cavities, bleeding gums, bad breath and tartar.
“‘Pag namaga ang bibig dahil sa mga gum disease bacteria, nagko-cause ito ng inflammation. Kapag nag-toothbrush at nagkasugat, pwedeng pumasok sa dugo natin ‘yung bacteria, lalo na sa puso,” Paolo Villanueva MD, a cardiologist, said.
Bacteria could spread throughout the body such as in the heart, lungs and stomach which may result to heart attack, respiratory diseases and gastritis, among others.
To prevent complications, Morales suggests brushing teeth in a circular motion and replacing your toothbrush every three months.
A study conducted by the European Journal of Dentistry, meanwhile, demonstrated that a toothbrush with criss-cross bristles is more effective in removing plaque and preventing gum diseases than ordinary flat-trim bristles.