Smile Pilipinas aims to promote oral health to every Filipino
|UP College of Dentistry unveils the Centennial Wall of Donors|
|Having proper oral health care is a good way to maintain overall general well being.|
|Dean Vicente O. Medina III of Up College of Dentistry graciously answered questions from the media.|
|Actress Iza Calzado rendered a speech about the value of oral health and shared her oral hygiene practices.|
|Dr. Jocelyn L. Tan explained the objectives of Smile Pilipinas.|
- What specific actions will Smile Pilipinas take to spread the awareness of oral health in a barangay level? Dean Medina explained that there are on going campaign on several barangays around the metro conducting seminars to public dental professionals, offering free oral cancer screening as well as propagating the importance of oral health.
- Is this a nationwide campaign? Yes, given the resources and proper funding and with the help of Procter and Gamble through Oral-B it aims to deliver oral awareness and good oral health to the rest of the country.
- What type of toothpaste is best to use? The answer was plain and simple "Use a toothpaste with the correct amount of fluoride".
- What is the correct amount and how will we (the public) know? "Look for a toothpaste that has 1,500 parts per million which should be indicated on the package".
- How about herbal toothpastes? "Any toothpaste without fluoride is useless since it is scientifically proven that fluoride protects our teeth."
- Any tips on proper brushing? "Brush your teeth for two minutes. It is recommended to have an application of fluoride varnish for children to prevent tooth decay and oral disease."
- How young a child should be to have a fluoride varnish treatment? "As soon as baby teeth appear as young as 6 months."
- Is it too late for an 8-year old kid to have fluoride varnish? "No, even adults can have this treatment."