Hygiene, specifically
oral health, is considered as a necessity for humans. Maintaining personal
hygiene is important for various reasons such as personal, social, health,
psychological or simply as a way of life. The elements mentioned are part of
the factors to keep note of. This helps humans to feel comfortable and safe
from unnecessary circumstances in terms of their health. Keeping a good status
of ones personal hygiene aids in the prevention of the development and spread
of infections and or inflammations. However, not many Filipinos may consider it
as a priority. In fact, the majority does not see it as a threat, which is why
the community disregards it, giving complete utterance in terms of the matter
or any of the like. Filipinos are too distracted by the many things before
them, wherein they tend to overlook the consequences of not paying attention to
small details. People are already keen on the importance of washing hands and
keeping our household clean, but we tend to let things slip when it comes to
the state of our oral health and proper dental care. Not much attention is
given to it, for it is not deemed necessary for the majority. Henceforth, the belief
that it does not pose an effect asserts individuals from giving it the
attention it needs.

            According to the study conducted by
the Department of Health  (DOH, NMEDS
199), about 92.4% has tooth decay, while 78% have gums disease and bad breath.
On another note, according to NOHS (NOHS, 2006), 74% of children and adult
alike suffer from irreversible dental disease as they approach puberty or
adulthood. With that being said, it is indeed alarming for Filipinos with
regards to their oral condition.

            In general, dental infection do not
immediately cause disability or even death. However, these conditions can
weaken bodily defenses and serve as portals of entry to other more serious and
potentially dangerous systemic diseases and infections. Serious conditions may
halt an individual from performing and or troubling the function of their
bodies. Deformities in terms of oral health may disturb speech, which is strong
enough to affect ones nutrition, social interactions, income, self-esteem or
any of the like. For the teenagers of this generation and for the future ones,
poor oral health poses detrimental effects on school performance making it
difficult for them to catch up given the circumstances. In the Philippines,
toothache is a common ailment among schoolchildren, and is the primary cause of
absenteeism from school (Araojo 2003, 103-110).  


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