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Mar 19, 2019

It is never too early or too late for good oral healthcare this World Oral Health Day


Philips Sonicare, a Global Partner of World Oral Health Day is raising awareness on good oral healthcare

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia – This World Oral Health Day, Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, is encouraging Malaysians of all ages to develop and maintain good oral healthcare habits. Oral disease affects 3.9 billion people worldwide1 and untreated tooth decay impacts almost half of the world’s population (44%). Meanwhile in Malaysia, studies found that only 27.8% of the population visited a dentist in the span of one year, while as many as 37.0% of the population had never received oral healthcare2.
This World Oral Health Day, we want families to take charge of their oral health to prevent oral diseases, thus protecting their general health. Good habits, such as brushing twice a day for two minutes, are so important in looking after your mouth, teeth and gums. Sixty to ninety per cent of schoolchildren and almost all adults suffer from tooth decay worldwide3, so it is more important than ever to instil good brushing routines early on in life. At Philips, we want to encourage preventive healthcare habits with our Sonicare innovations, which can lead to better long-term oral health, and very importantly, better overall health and wellness.

Muhammad Ali Jaleel

Country Manager, Philips Malaysia

Oral health: an essential part of care in early childhood

Sugar is a leading risk factor for tooth decay, and 60% to 90% of schoolchildren worldwide have dental caries4. Tooth decay is the most common disease in children and has a significant impact on a child’s health and wellbeing. Like other bacterial infections, tooth decay can worsen if left untreated.
 

Sugar is a leading risk factor for tooth decay, and 60% to 90% of schoolchildren worldwide have dental caries5. Tooth decay is the most common disease in children and has a significant impact on a child’s health and wellbeing. Like other bacterial infections, tooth decay can worsen if left untreated.
 

For Dr Bala Saravanan, Director of The Dental Academy Malaysia, one area of concern in his nine years as a dental practitioner is tooth decay in young children including babies - known as early childhood caries or ECC. ECC is caused by dietary habits whereby young children aged five years or younger consume high levels of sugary foods and drinks, including frequent feeding with sucrose-containing infant feed, especially at night6.
 

“ECC can be prevented if parents reinforce good oral hygiene practices at a young age. The earlier the issue is addressed, the less extensive and invasive the oral health treatment will be. Parents often forget that good oral healthcare starts from age 0 onwards. For example, parents who are still feeding their infant at night need to ensure that the infant drinks water to rinse off the sucrose residue from their feed, and make sure to clean the infant’s gums and teeth by rubbing a clean, damp washcloth along their upper and lower gums,” Dr Bala shared.

Oral health outcome: preventing psychological stress 

According to the World Health Organization, oral health is a key indicator of overall health, wellbeing and quality of life7. One of the most overlooked issues is the psychological part of an adult or a child’s development when they lose their teeth - poor self-esteem and social isolation.

“A smile is anyone’s most powerful tool. A great smile can make a great lasting impression, boost a person's self-esteem and confidence as well as improve their overall health. Thus, missing or decayed tooth can impact a person’s appearance and social relations, even natural loss of baby teeth among children, as their friends may make fun of the toothless smile. It is important for parents to ensure that their child understands that losing baby teeth is part of growing up, and encourages the child to continue practicing good oral healthcare. The same goes for an adult, it is never too late to start the journey of good oral healthcare. They should ensure that a dental check-up is done every six months and should not be afraid to ask questions about their oral health condition,” Dr Bala added.

Technology paves new ways to care for oral health

“Philips is all about enhancing consumer experiences with innovative technology, with the aim of improving the lives of 3 billion people a year by 2025. Toothbrushes, such as our Sonicare DiamondClean, can help you perfect your brushing technique through sensors. With the Sonicare For Kids toothbrush and app, children can discover how to brush properly on their own. The app syncs with your child's sonic toothbrush via Bluetooth to show proper brushing techniques and track performance. Such data-driven technology and insights can help you and your family make the right choices to protect your oral health and give you more of a professional clean in your own home,” Ali elaborated.
 

Philips Sonicare aims to raise awareness of the importance of preventive measures, such as regular check-ups, for better long term overall health and wellness.

Philips Sonicare is a Global Partner of the FDI World Dental Federation and is the official power toothbrush sponsor of World Oral Health Day 2019.

 

For more information about Philips Sonicare, please visit www.philips.com.my/c-m-pe/ohc-platform or become a fan on www.facebook.com/PhilipsHomeLiving.my


1
The Challenge of Oral Disease – A call for global action. The Oral Health Atlas. 2nd ed. Geneva. FDI World Dental Federation, 2015 www.fdiworlddental.org/resources/oral-health-atlas/oral-health-atlas-2015

2 Institute for Public Health Malaysia, National Health & Morbidity Survey (NHMS) 2015 Fact Sheet www.iku.gov.my/images/IKU/Document/REPORT/NHMS2015-FactSheet.pdf

FDI World Dental Federation, 2018, Oral Healthcare Worldwide www.fdiworlddental.org/sites/default/files/media/documents/2015_wohd-whitepaper-oral_health_worldwide.pdf

4 FDI World Dental Federation. Sugars and Dental Caries: A practical guide to reduce sugars consumption and curb the epidemic of dental caries. Geneva, FDI World Dental Federation www.fdiworlddental.org/sites/default/files/media/resources/sugar_toolkit-fdi-2016.pdf

5 FDI World Dental Federation. Sugars and Dental Caries: A practical guide to reduce sugars consumption and curb the epidemic of dental caries. Geneva, FDI World Dental Federation www.fdiworlddental.org/sites/default/files/media/resources/sugar_toolkit-fdi-2016.pdf

6 Management of Dental Caries by MOH www.moh.gov.my/penerbitan/CPG2017/8298.pdf

7 Oral Health www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/oral-health

About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people's health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2018 sales of EUR 18.1 billion and employs approximately 78,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at www.philips.com/newscenter.

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