Dentist cautions public on ‘DIY’ braces

WITH almost all products now available online, health experts advise the public especially the young adults against the use of “do-it-yourself” braces as it may cause harm to the teeth and oral health of its user.

Dentist Anabelle Bawang explained DIY braces are not certified or proven to serve the effect in fixing teeth alignment. Moreover, using DIY braces will not ensure proper cleaning and maintenance procedures are being applied by dentists to their clients.

Bawang also warned the public against the chewing of beetle nut locally known as “momma”, which is a common practice in the highlands of Cordillera, as it can damage a person’s teeth.

The health department does not advise this for oral health concerns as there are studies which support that it is a contributing factor in acquiring oral related diseases and worse, in having oral cancer.

Bawang encouraged the public to practice proper teeth hygiene especially by regularly and properly brushing the teeth every after meal.

February is observed as Oral Health Month pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 559 signed by former President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo in 2004.

As part of the observance, Bawang disclosed there will be dental jamborees and caravans that will be conducted in far-flung areas and among the urban poor. Orally Fit Child Campaign will be conducted in the different barangays where a “Sabayang Pagsisispilyo” and free dental cleaning services will be held. (Ma. Angela Baylon/PIA-UPB Intern)


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