The Oral Health Report 2022 from the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that roughly 46% of persons 30 years of age and older have gum disease. This is one of the most prevalent oral conditions that affect adults in their middle years, which is also the main factor in tooth loss. Moreover, we are led to believe that we are doomed to lose all our teeth as we age, just like our parents and grandparents. However, did you know that this is preventable? You can keep a healthy mouth, even as you age, with good oral hygiene. Good oral health is a lifetime commitment, the earlier you develop good oral hygiene habits, like brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash, the easier it will be to avoid expensive dental operations and more serious oral health problems as you age.
“The dental profession strives to reduce the consequences of oral health disease in the country. A lot don’t know that as we age, oral health problems become more common. These can take a toll on a person, causing mental distress, impaired social function, and worsening health condition. I’m very happy that Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health Philippines is spreading awareness with the advocacy of “Mouth Aging.” Just remember, the progression of oral health diseases as you age can be hindered with regular visits to the dentists and by practicing proper oral hygiene: brushing, flossing, and rinsing with a mouthwash.” Dr. Jose Angelo “Gelo” Militante, oral and maxillofacial surgeon and immediate past president of Philippine Dental Association.