Today has been lauded World Oral Health Day by the World Dental Federation and I’m just over here, counting my teeth, trying to make sure that my impending senior citizen status hasn’t caught up with me yet. But while I have you here, tell me, how’s your oral health? Did you know that senior citizens should possess a total of 20 natural teeth at the end of their life to be considered healthy? Children should possess 20 baby teeth and healthy adults (that’s us, yo) should possess a total of 32 teeth and 0 dental cavities! A healthy mouth and a healthy body go hand in hand!
World Oral Health Day is an international day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and to promote worldwide awareness of the importance of oral hygiene. This year’s theme is “Say Ahh: Think Mouth, Think Health”, a message used to drive home the fact that 90% of the world’s population suffers from oral diseases. Many of these are avoidable though!
Oral diseases can impact every aspect of life… besides for personal relationships and your own self-confidence, it can even affect your enjoyment of food. The crazy thing is that many people are not aware of the basics to good oral hygiene.
Replacing your toothbrush every three to four months
Flossing and brushing your teeth twice daily
Eating a balanced diet that is high in fruits and vegetables (and low in sugar)
Avoiding excessive alcohol consumption and smoking
Non-prescriptive dental care products, such as the Andolex C range, is a really easy way to help prevent and relieve common oral health problems, like gingivitis. The Andolex C range includes products such as Andolex C oral rinse, oral spray, oral gel and the new Andolex C antibacterial mouthwash, which can be used for up to 10 days. These products contain Benzydamine which provides an analgesic (pain reducing), anesthetic (numbing) and anti-inflammatory effect.
Andolex-C also contains chlorhexidine gluconate; the gold standard in chemical plaque control, which has been proven to effectively reduce plaque by 33% and gingivitis by 26%.
Speak to your dentist or go to www.andolex.co.za for more information about how to prevent many common oral health problems.
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DISCLAIMER: This editorial includes independent comment and opinion of the author and is not necessarily that of iNova Pharmaceuticals.
- World Oral Health Day 20 March. Say Ahh Think Mouth Think Health (http://www.worldoralhealthday.org/)
- Benefits of Good Oral Health. Pharmacy Times. 18 March 2013 (http://www.pharmacytimes.com/publications/issue/2013/march2013/benefits-of-good-oral-hygiene) Website
- Andolex-C oral rinse approved package insert.