Momma is oral threat, eyesore – DOH

BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Health in Cordillera discourages use of momma saying it not only poses serious threat to oral health but is also an eyesore.
Dr. Anabelle Bawang, former municipal dentist of La Trinidad Rural Health Unit and now a Dentist III at DOH-CAR, said that four out of 10 male patients in RHU uses momma.
“Makikita mo sa mga kalsada, madami pa ring momma, eyesore,” Bawang said.
However, she added, La Trinidad intensified the “anti-momma” ordinance which is linked to no smoking ordinance.
Bawang said momma use is being discouraged. Aside from being an eyesore to the environment, momma also causes oral cancer. It can cause fibrosis of the mouth, may stiffen the jaw and may cause stiff neck, she warned.
As part of the Oral Health Month celebration this February, the local government promotes good oral health practices. Momma users are encouraged to have oral prophylaxis.
Bawang reminded the public to brush their teeth properly for two minutes and use an ample amount of toothpaste with fluoride at least two times a day after meals.
“By sparing at least four to six minutes a day for tooth brushing, you can save your smile, a good smile for a lifetime. Dentistry is inexpensive, neglect is,” Bawang stressed. PR / ABN

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