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Tooth decay and gum infections are still widespread in 87 percent of Pinoys, according to the Department of Health.

According to the Department of Health-Northern Mindanao (DOH-10) on Thursday, around 87 percent of Filipinos suffer from oral health issues such as tooth decay and gum disease.

Dr. Shirley Mosende, the DOH-10 dental office chief, said the two oral health concerns have been detected in most Filipinos countrywide for decades and that they should be given a lot of attention during a media event.

“Supposedly, it should begin during pregnancy, when the mother should maintain a healthy diet,” she explained.

Most children get dental caries at the age of five, according to Mosende, and when their parents do not monitor their children’s dental health on a regular basis.

Oral health is also a worry for Filipinos during this epidemic, as some people neglect to brush their teeth since they are wearing face masks.

“Some will argue that because they are wearing face masks, they don’t need to brush their teeth,” Mosende added.

The DOH-10 is now joining the rest of the country in commemorating National Oral Health Month, which is observed every February as per Presidential Proclamation 559.

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