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The State of Global Oral Health and the Challenges in the 21st Century

The State of Global Oral Health and the Challenges in the 21st Century

Cavities and gum diseases have always been identified as among the biggest challenges in improving the global oral health, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Although the oral health conditions vary now per region and country, dental caries remain a major health public problem along with others. 


Here’s a look at the biggest challenges to oral health development around the world in the 21st century.


Dental Caries


Dental caries, also known as cavities or tooth decay, are the permanently damaged areas in the hard surface of your teeth. They are caused by bacteria in your mouth, insufficient dental hygiene and taking in food and drinks with lots of sugar.


Dental caries is a major public health problem in Asian and Latin American countries, and even for industrialised countries. Based on WHO’s data, this dental problem affects 60-90% of schoolchildren and adults in industrialised countries. 


In most African countries, meanwhile, dental caries are less common and less severe. But it is expected that dental problems will be more prevalent in the developing countries because of the growing consumption of sugar while having insufficient exposure to fluorides. Fluoride, for reference, helps the teeth become more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth.


Tooth Loss


While industrialised countries have managed to reduce the instances of tooth loss among adults, it is still one of the major oral health problems for many developing countries.


The prevalence of tooth loss in developing countries stems from the fact that access to oral health services is still limited. Dental problems are often left undiagnosed and untreated, eventually resulting in tooth extraction because of pain or discomfort. 


Sadly, tooth loss and impaired oral function are still expected to increase and be considered as a public health problem in many developing countries. This, with most cases attributable to poor gum health.


Periodontitis


Periodontitis or simply gum disease is an inflammatory disease that destroys the soft tissue of the gum. This can lead to the destruction of the bone that supports your teeth and eventually, tooth loss if left untreated. Its symptoms include red, swelling gums, bad breath, changes in the way your teeth fit in your gums and more.


According to the WHO, 5-15% of most populations have severe periodontitis which usually results in tooth loss. The growing tobacco use among both industrialised and developing countries are found to be a contributor in the rise of periodontal diseases among adults. 


Gum diseases and tooth loss are also associated with other diseases such as diabetes. Therefore, the prevalence of diabetes may also further cause an increase in the number of those with gum disease. For more information on how diabetes affects your oral health, click here.


Oral Cancer


Oral cancer develops in the tissues of the mouth and throat, affecting the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses and the throat itself. It is linked to the excessive consumption of tobacco and alcohol products. This oral health problem is more common among men worldwide.


Status of Oral Health Care Around the World


According to the WHO’s global review of oral health, the problems mentioned above still persist despite great improvements in the oral health sector around the world. This is because of sugar rich dietary habits, aging population and limited access to oral health care.  Many developing countries also have shortages of oral health professionals.

Our Part in Improving Oral Health Care

 

Lumoral has developed a technical mouthwash for home use that will help take your oral hygiene to a new level. This light-activated technical mouthwash solution kills even microscopic plaque bacteria in the mouth without the worry of negative side-effects that are often associated with other antibacterial products.

 

This medical device is particularly effective against Streptococcus mutans, bacteria known to play a more prominent role in the worsening of caries and periodontitis.

 

This device can be purchased online and be easily used at home.  Get Lumoral now and enjoy free delivery Australia-wide.

 

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Why Healthy Gums are Important to Your Overall Health

Why Healthy Gums are Important to Your Overall Health

Although not always on top of mind when talking about oral health, gums are actually important and are associated with maintaining overall health. When neglected, gum diseases can lead to potentially life-threatening infections and tooth loss and these can be associated with other health problems.


Gum disease is common in Australia, with 3 of 10 adults experiencing moderate to severe conditions. Fortunately, these figures can decrease with proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits. But before we deep dive into the ways we can prevent gum disease, let us learn more about the importance of healthy gums. 

  

Healthy Gums Supports Your Teeth


If you want to keep your pearly whites, then pay attention to your gums. The gingiva, more commonly known as gums are the soft tissue that holds your teeth, its roots and your jaw bones. They keep the teeth in place, but more than that, they act as a protective layer against bacteria that cause diseases. 


Healthy gums are well attached to the teeth surface preventing bacteria or food entering between gum and teeth. If not treated properly, bacteria can infect gums and the chronic infection of gum can reduce the attachment of gum to the teeth causing deepening gum pockets and recession of the gum line as shown in Figure 1. 


Figure 1. Chronic gum disease has caused the recession of gums.


Prolonged gum disease can lead to teeth loss. The build up of dental plaque can infect the gums, causing gingivitis or worst, periodontitis. Periodontitis is a prolonged form of gum disease which can destroy the bone structures supporting teeth as seen in Figure 1. 


Gum diseases are burdensome


Swollen gums can be painful and can interrupt your daily life. You will have trouble chewing and notice a bad taste in your mouth. You’re also likely to develop bad breath due to gum diseases. In some cases, the gum disease can also be asymptomatic only expressing itself with bleeding gums during brushing. 


Bad gum health are linked to other diseases


Gum diseases are not entirely to be blamed for other health conditions. However, experts have found over the years that those with periodontal diseases are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, pregnancy complications, and dementia. This is based on an article published by Harvard. Also, a recent study published in Journal of Clinical Periodontology showed that people with periodontitis have almost nine times higher risk of dying from coronavirus disease.


How to Keep Your Gums Healthy


1) Good oral hygiene


Brush your teeth at least twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste. Use a brush that has soft bristles so it won't irritate your gum. And, remember to replace your brush every three months or earlier to keep it clean. 


In addition to brushing your teeth, floss daily. To thoroughly remove plaque, wrap your floss around both sides of each tooth and do a push-pull motion.


2) Lumoral twice a week


Take your oral hygiene to a new level with the most effective mouth rinse on the market. Lumoral is a technical mouthwash solution that kills even microscopic plaque bacteria in the mouth. This device can be purchased online and be easily used at home.  


This medical device is particularly effective against Streptococcus mutans, bacteria known to play a more prominent role in the worsening of caries and periodontitis.


The major benefit of this light activatable technical mouthwash over regular mouthwashes is the accuracy and superior antibacterial strength upon light activation. Where normal mouthwashes affect the whole oral microbiome, the technical mouthwash only targets those bacteria in dental plaque leaving the rest of the oral microbiome in peace.  


The accuracy of Lumoral method makes it ideal for continuous use for preventing oral diseases without the worry of negative side-effects that are associated with other antibacterial home use methods such as chlorhexidine mouthwashes.  


3) Regular dental visits


Prevent tartar build-up that can cause gingivitis by having oral prophylaxis or thorough cleaning every six months. And if you’re feeling something unusual related to your oral health, don’t self-medicate and consult your doctor immediately.


4) Healthy diet


Avoid food and drinks that are high in sugar because sugar and bacteria in the mouth, when combined, forms plaque that causes gingivitis. 


Also, eat a balanced and nutritious diet with vitamins and minerals that your body needs to boost your immunity. If your body is strong, it’ll help prevent various complications such as gum disease. Gum infections also tend to heal faster if you have strong immunity. If you can, try adding more calcium, vitamin B12 and C into your diet as they are specifically good for the gums. 


Lastly, keep yourself hydrated and drink plenty of water so your body can produce more saliva which helps fight bacteria.

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The importance of being ISO 13485 Certified

The importance of being ISO 13485 Certified

When buying medical devices for home use, there is a certification you can look out for to have peace of mind that what you’re buying is of high quality and safe. This is the ISO 13485 certification that Koite Health has received for its antibacterial dental devices: Lumoral. 


What is ISO 13485


Before we dive into the specifics, ISO stands for International Organization for Standardization. It is an organisation dedicated to developing voluntary standards that will guarantee product safety and quality. The ISO also encourages innovation in the global marketplace. 


The ISO 13485 certification is given to organisations that demonstrate its ability to provide quality medical devices and related services. To qualify for this certification, one must consistently meet customer and other applicable regulatory requirements. 


ISO 13485 is an absolute requirement for the production of medical devices and equipment. This certification guarantees that all tools, procedures, and processes of the manufacturing company comply with medical services regulations.


The importance of ISO 13485 certification


Safety and quality guaranteed


As mentioned earlier, if a medical device is ISO 13485 certified, you can be assured that the maximum product safety and quality control protocols have been followed throughout the product’s full life cycle. This includes subcontractor operations.


Product consistency and continuous improvement


When a manufacturer is ISO-certified, consistency in terms of quality is guaranteed. Not only that, one of ISO principles ensures that a certified organisation continues to evolve for the better. Manufacturers with this ISO certification are always on the lookout on how to improve their processes so they can reduce problems along the way and have more time delivering products and services that are of high quality.


ISO 13485-certified dental hygiene device for home use


Koite Health has a ISO 13485 certification for Lumoral, an antibacterial medical device for home use which helps prevent oral diseases and bacterial infections.


The certification guarantees that Koite Health is a designer, producer and manufacturer of quality and safe medical devices. It also strengthens the role of Koite Health as a product development partner for international business in the medical device and pharmaceutical space.


The certification is granted by SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company.


What is Lumoral?


Lumoral is a technical mouthwash solution that kills even microscopic plaque bacteria in the mouth. This device can be purchased online and be easily used at home. 


This medical device is particularly effective against Streptococcus mutans, bacteria known to play a more prominent role in the worsening of caries and periodontitis.


The major benefit of this light activatable technical mouthwash over regular mouthwashes is the accuracy and superior antibacterial strength upon light activation. Where normal mouthwashes affect the whole oral microbiome, the technical mouthwash only targets those bacteria in dental plaque leaving the rest of the oral microbiome in peace.  


The accuracy of Lumoral method makes it ideal for continuous use for preventing oral diseases without the worry of negative side-effects that are associated with other antibacterial home use methods such as chlorhexidine mouthwashes. 

Use Lumoral twice a week for a healthier mouth

Take your oral hygiene to a new level with the most effective mouth rinse on the market. This ISO-certified light-activated device is a safe, proven and easy to use method for improved oral health. 

Regular use of Lumoral can help prevent gum inflammation. It eliminates unhealthy bacteria causing tooth decay while supporting healthy flora and gum health.

Use Lumoral twice a week before brushing your teeth for improved dental hygiene and healthy gums. Get one now and enjoy free delivery Australia-wide.

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