Oral health: A responsibility of the young and the old Oral health: A responsibility of the young and the old

Oral health: A responsibility of the young and the old

Small giants 13 August, 2017 Isabel Vallejo


Despite the fact that most oral health campaigns target children, adults must also be aware of the care of their teeth to prevent oral diseases.

According to a report from the 4th National Oral Health Study conducted by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Colombia, some of the most common oral health conditions among the Colombians include cavities, gum diseases, dental trauma (tooth loss) and fluorosis.

The results of this study indicate that 91.58% of people between ages 12 and 79 have suffered from a cavity at some point in their lives. Of this group, 55.8% currently have a cavity that has not been treated. Of the country’s population, 70.4% has lost a tooth at some point throughout their life, which tends to be more common in women than in men.

One of the potential causes of these results is little follow-up in oral health campaigns for youth and adults, which could explain the poor habits of Colombia’s elderly population.

To ensure good oral health, keep these important tips in mind:

  •       Maintain a healthy diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables and low in carbohydrates and sugars.
  •       Brush your teeth after each meal and use dental floss.
  •       Reduce or eliminate your consumption of tobacco and alcohol.
  •       See your dentist at least twice a year.