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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Too Busy For A Healthy Mouth?

Dr. Vincent Wan


The topic of promotion for Dental Health Week 2017 was oral health for busy lives – anywhere, anytime.  In our jam-packed daily lives where we have little time for anything, how realistic is it for us to find time to at least brush our teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and have a check-up and clean at the dentist every 6 months?

Like for everything that is important in society today, the reality is that we make time for what is crucial to us.  We make time to put clothes on before we go out of our homes, lest we be arrested for indecency.  Why can’t we spare a few minutes a day to clean our teeth?  Some of us spend a lot longer than that getting ready to go out, lest we show ourselves in public in an unkempt fashion.  We may do our hair and put on makeup, but how about maintaining our smile?  This surely is more important than putting on foundation and lipstick or styling our beard?  These things may hide our mouths, but poor oral hygiene may be telling by the appearance of the teeth and gums and our breath.

It generally is a lot easier for us to do something if it becomes part of our routine, a habit that we just do daily without thinking about it.  If we make brushing our teeth twice a day and flossing once a day part of our daily routine, once we have done this every day for 6 months, it becomes automatic.  If we don’t do it, it doesn’t feel right.  The same applies to going to the dentist every 6 months for a check-up and teeth cleaning.  If we have been doing this religiously for years, we feel guilty for it being just 8 months instead of 6 months since our last appointment.