Oral Health Program

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why is oral health important?

Oral Health is fundamental to overall health, well-being and quality of life. A healthy mouth enables people to eat, speak and socialize without pain, discomfort or embarrassment.

Pain from untreated dental diseases can lead to eating, sleeping, speaking, and learning problems in children and adolescents, which affect child’s social interactions, school achievement, general health, and quality of life. Rampant dental caries in children adversely affect the overall nutrition necessary for the growth of the body specifically body weight and height. That begins with the first bite and chewing the food efficiently.

 

What are the most common oral health illnesses of the Filipinos?

Dental Caries (tooth decay) and Periodontal Diseases (gum diseases) are the two most common oral health diseases affecting the Filipinos. 87.4 % Filipinos are suffering from dental caries while 48.3 % has gum disease (based on the 2011 National Monitoring and Evaluation Dental Survey).

 

How do we prevent these two dental diseases from occurring?

There are many ways these two most common dental diseases can be prevented. 

 

Dental caries can be prevented through…

  • regular visits to the dentist for early diagnosis and preventive care;
  • professionally applied fluorides & sealants;
  • well balanced diet;
  • minimize eating sugary foods and
  • good plaque control through regular toothbrushing and flossing.

 

Gum diseases can be prevented through…

  • regular visits to the dentist for early detection and treatment;
  • regular and proper toothbrushing and
  • healthy lifestyle such as avoidance of tobacco smoking, drugs & excessive alcohol-intake

 

How can one avail of the services?

  • The services of the DOH and the LGUs can be availed at the Rural Health Units (RHUs), urban health centers, districts and provincial/city hospitals.
  • For Pregnant women, you must visit the dentist during your pre-natal check-ups.
  • DepEd Services can be availed in the school health clinics during school health days.

 

ORAL HEALTH SERVICES

  1.   0-11 months (infants)
  • 0-8 months - Oral Examination, Instruction on infant’s oral health care, Advice on exclusive breastfeeding
  • 9-11 months - same as above and topical fluoride application
  1.   1-4 years old (11-59 months old children)
  • Oral examination
  • Topical Fluoride Application
  • Supervised Tooth Brushing
  • Oral Health Education
  • Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART)
  • Oral prophylaxis/scaling
  1.   5-9 years old (school-aged children)
  • Oral examination
  • Supervised Toothbrushing
  • Oral Health Education
  • Pits and Fissure Sealant
  • Temporary filling
  • Permanent filling
  1.   10-19 years old (adolescents)
  • Oral examination
  • Education and counselling on good oral hygiene, diet and adverse effects of tobacco/smoking and alcohol and sweetened beverages & food
  • Pit and fissure sealant application
  • Temporary filling
  • Permanent filling
  • Oral prophylaxis/scaling
  • Oral Urgent Treatment (OUT)
  1.   20-59 years old (adults)
  • Oral Examination
  • Education and counseling on good oral hygiene, diet and adverse effects of tobacco/smoking and alcohol and sweetened beverages & food
  • Gum Treatment
  • Oral prophylaxis/scaling
  • Permanent filling
  • Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART)
  1.   60 years old and above (senior citizens)
  • Oral Examination
  • Education and counselling on good oral hygiene, diet and adverse effects of tobacco/smoking and alcohol and sweetened beverages & food
  • Oral Urgent Treatment (OUT): relief of pain, extraction of unsavable teeth and referral of complicated cases to higher level
  1.   Pregnant women
  • Oral examination
  • Education and counselling on good oral hygiene, diet and adverse effects of tobacco/smoking and alcohol and sweetened beverages & food
  • Oral prophylaxis/scaling
  • Gum treatment
  • Temporary filling
  • Permanent filling

 VISION

 

Empowered and responsible Filipino citizens taking care of their own personal oral health for an enhanced quality of life.

 

 MISSION

 

The state shall ensure quality, affordable, accessible and available oral health care delivery.

GOAL: Attainment of improved quality of life through promotion of oral health and quality oral health care.

 

 OBJECTIVES

 

GENERAL:

Reduction on the prevalence rate of dental caries and periodontal diseases from 92% in 1998 to 85% and from 78% in 1998 to 60%.

 

SPECIFIC:

  • To increase proportion of Orally Fit Children (OFC) under 6 years old to 12% by 20% by 2020
  • To control oral health risks among the young people
  • To improve the oral health conditions of pregnant women by 20% and older persons by 10% every year till 2016

 

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

 

PARTNER INSTITUTIONS

 

Philippine Dental Association (PDA), Philippine Pediatric Dental Society Inc. (PPDSI), Philippine Pediatric Society (PPS), Deutsche Gesellschaft fiir Internationale Ztsammenarbeit (GIZ), U.P. - National Institutes of Health - lnstitute for Child Health and Human Development

 

 

 

 POLICIES AND LAWS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Republic Act 3814: An Act Creating the Bureau of Dental Health Services (As Amended by RA 5211)
  • Republic Act 9484: The Philippine Dental Act of 2007

 

Mandate Creating Program/Year:

  • AO 101 s.2003: National Policy on Oral Health; and
  • AO 2007 – 0007: Guidelines in the Implementation of Oral Health Program for Public Health Service

 

 

STRATEGIES, ACTION POINTS, AND TIMELINE
  • Formulate policy and regulations to ensure the full implementation of OHP
  • Ensure financial access to essential public and personal oral health services
  • Provide relevant, timely, and accurate information management system for oral health
  • Ensure access and delivery of quality oral health care services
  • Build up highly motivated health professionals and trained auxiliaries to manage and provide quality oral health care

 

PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS/STATUS

 

Key Performance Indicators

 

Formula  for Eligible Pop/ Target

2015

2016

2017

 

2018

Eligible Pop

#

% of target

Eligible Pop

#

% of target

Eligible Pop

#

% of target

Eligible Pop

#

% of target

Children (12-71 months) orally fit

Total Population (TP) x 13.5%

13,231,613

  580,835

4.39

13,483,025

71,840

0.5

14,164,416

  1,223,186

 8.64

14,332,788

439,981

3.072

Children (12-71 months) given Basic Oral Health Care

Total Population (TP) x 13.5%

13,231,613

1,631,657

12.33

13,483,025

198,527

1.5

14,164,416

3,135,874 

22.14 

14,332,788

1,065,615

7.43

Proportion of adolescent and youth 10-24 yrs old with BOHC

TP x 30%

29,403,585

2,055,844

6.99

29,962,278

177,846

0.6

31,476,480 

3,334,267

 10.59

31,850,641

1,246,688

3.91

Proportion of pregnant women with BOHC

TP x 2.7%

2,646,323

  704,061

26.61

2,696,605

64,810

2.4

 2,832,883

787,248

 27.79

2,866,558

338,644

11.81

Older person 60 years old and above

with BOHC

TP x 6.9%

6,762,825

  578,440

8.55

6,891,324

 82,037

1.2

7,239,590

 1,082,012

 14.95

7,325,647

381,215

5.20


 

 

CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES 

 

FEBRUARY - National Oral Health Month 

 

STATISTICS

 

PROGRAM MANAGER CONTACT INFORMATION

Lita L. Orbillo, RN, MPH

Oral Health Program Coordinator                                                    
Children's Health Development Division           
Disease Prevention and Control Bureau    
Department of Health                                

Contact No. 732-99-56                               

651-78-00 LOC. 1730

 

Supervisor Program Officers:

 

Rochelle E. Pambid, DMD

Dentist IV

 

Tristan Paolo E. Tan, DMD

Dentist III                                                      
 

Children's Health Development Division           
Disease Prevention and Control Bureau    
Department of Health

Contact No. 732-99-56

651-78-00 LOC. 1730