Dentist: ‘momma’ cancerous, ‘do it ‘self’ braces harmful

>> Monday, March 6, 2017

By Ma. Angela Baylon

BAGUIO CITY – Chewing “momma” (betel nut) can cause cancer while using DIY or “do-it-yourself” braces can harm teeth and oral health of its user.
With almost all products now available online, health experts advised the public especially young adults against use of DIY or “do-it-yourself” braces as it may cause harm to the teeth and oral health of its user.
Dentist Anabelle Bawang bared this during recent Dept. of Health media forum here at DOH – CAR Regional Training Center.
Bawang said DIY braces are not certified or proven to fix teeth alignment. Moreover, using it will not ensure proper cleaning and maintenance procedures that are being applied by dentists to their clients.    
She warned the public against chewing beetle nut locally known as “momma”, which is a common practice in the highlands of Cordillera, as it can damage a person’s teeth.
The health department does not advise this for oral health concerns as there are studies which support that it is a contributing factor in acquiring oral related diseases and worse, in having oral cancer.
Bawang encouraged the public to practice proper teeth hygiene especially  on  regularly and properly brushing the teeth every after meal.
February is observed as Oral Health Month pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 559 signed by former President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo in 2004.

For the observance, Bawang disclosed that there will be dental jamborees and caravans that will be conducted in far-flung areas and among the urban poor. Orally Fit Child Campaign will be conducted in the different barangays where a “Sabayang Pagsisispilyo” and free dental cleaning services will be held.  


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