Did you know that seven years ago, 87 percent of Filipinos suffered from tooth decay?
This number, based on the National Monitoring and Evaluation Dental Survey conducted by the Department of Health (DOH) in 2011, emphasizes the need for Filipinos to take oral care seriously.
In line with this serious dental issue, Dr. Steve Mark Gan, president and chief executive officer of Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center (GAOC), revealed that their clinics currently cater to patients of all ages. “Youngest is a one year-old; oldest so far is 98 years old.”
The Good Life had an opportunity with the dental expert at the recent opening of a new GAOC state-of-the-art dental clinic in SM Megamall.
During the interview, Dr. Gan admitted that he has handled mature patients who are afraid of dentists, which is no surprise given that the data from DOH also shows that 77% or more than 7 in every 10 Filipinos have never been treated by a dentist.
“There are some patients na sensitive and may phobia sa dentist. They are very afraid of going [to the clinic] and be treated by the dentist,” Dr. Gan shares. If this is the case, how does the GAOC handle it?
“We usually start with cleaning and if it’s pain-free, they usually come back na. We do our step by step treatment to show them that it’s actually fun going to the dentist,” he answers.
Dr. Gan added that their clinics are strategically designed to accommodate a lot of clients and they even play a movie during dental treatment to “distract the patient from their dental phobia.”
GAOC has also invested on advanced dental technology. “We try to keep ourselves updated as much as possible. We’re not the first, but sometimes we are the only ones that have the certain type of technology because of the cost. We also make sure that our doctors don’t go through any shortcuts. If they do, we not only reprimand them but we let them go,” he continues.
The dental “cosmetic centers” focus on prosthodontics and other procedures like placing crowns, bridges, dentures, and veneers on patients.
The 48-year-old doctor shared these practical tips on oral hygiene to make one’s smile last a lifetime:
- Schedule a regular dental check up
- Take sweets in moderation
- Don’t forget to brush your teeth
- Don’t forget to floss
- Use the right toothbrush and toothpaste
Dr. Gan also clarified that brushing the teeth too hard injures the gums. “Use the right toothbrush. And the right toothpaste. There’s a lot of toothpaste there that are in my point of view are substandard. Get yourself a good toothbrush and toothpaste. Invest in that.”
For a dental appointment, visit www.gaocdental.com or download their mobile app available on Apple App Store and Google Play Store.