Aesthetic dentist Dr. Cecilia Infantado of Smiles by Dr. Cecile is a first-hand witness to the transformative power of a smile. “I had a foreign patient, a really big man, who broke down in tears and hugged me after he saw his improved smile.”
She shares that many of her patients were shy to show their smiles because of their teeth. The treatments that they have undergone at her clinic proved to be life-changing as they emerged ready and confident to face the world. A confident smile can help build friendships and spell success, which is why it is important to keep the teeth clean, healthy, and strong.
These experiences in her more than 20 years of practice have spurred her advocacy toward educating Filipinos about the importance of oral health care. “We really need to give more value to our teeth. The alternatives when we lose our teeth are costly and can lessen the quality of life. Whereas, oral care is really just the basic things that one has to remember, such as regular brushing, flossing, use of mouth rinse and dental checkups.”
She laments the fact that most Filipinos often only visit the dentist when they have a toothache. “Yearly cleaning is advisable, even if you brush your teeth and floss every day. A dentist can already look for incipient cavities and treat them. Sugar builds up film on the surface of the teeth, and a chemical reaction calcifies the plaque. Only a dentist can completely remove this with a special instrument.”
She explains that these deposits are caused by bacterial presence that results from a chemical reaction of the saliva and the food that we eat. “That is why it is important to maintain a good pH balance in your saliva. To achieve this, you can use a mouth rinse with Stabilized Chlorine Dioxide that can kill the plaque-causing bacteria in your mouth.”
Other conditions that can arise from poor oral care are “singaw (mouth sore), halitosis or bad breath, TMJ (or Temporomandibular joint disorders), bone loss under the teeth and even a cardiovascular condition called bacterial endocarditis or the inflammation of the inner tissue of the heart.
To counter these problems, good oral care is required—and part of this is using the right mouth rinse. “A mouth rinse is a very convenient way to remove bacteria from the mouth, especially when you are unable to brush your teeth properly after dining out,” Dr. Infantado says. Choosing the right mouth rinse is also equally important. “The misconception is that it has to have a sting in order to work effectively. Alcohol in mouthwash may actually encourage the growth of bacteria and development of halitosis because it results in dry mouth.”
OraCare Mouthrinse has a non-sting formulation with Stabilized Chlorine Dioxide—an oral antibacterial agent that gently cleans minus the stinging sensation. It goes to work immediately in hard-to-reach areas of the mouth like under the tongue, walls of the mouth and the back of the mouth. It oxidizes single-celled organisms such as bacteria, germs, viruses, fungi, spores, yeast, mold and mildew. OraCare has a gentle-deep-cleaning action that reduces plaque build-up and stops odor-causing bacteria from spreading.
Simple steps towards good oral hygiene can indeed go a long way towards giving Filipinos the confidence to face the world with a smile.