Safeguarding Seafarers’ Health: The Impact Of Poor Dental Hygiene


Ensuring the health and well-being of seafarers is paramount for maritime safety. However, an often-overlooked aspect of seafarer health is dental hygiene, which has been increasingly impacting crew members. Here’s an overview:

Rising Dental Cases Among Seafarers

In recent years, dental cases have surged among seafarers, becoming a significant concern for maritime health. Common issues include cavities, displaced fillings, toothaches, periodontal disease, and fragmented teeth.

Challenges in Onboard Dental Management

Managing dental issues onboard presents challenges, with over 50% of cases requiring shoreside evaluation. Limited onboard knowledge exacerbates the situation, impacting crew performance, concentration, and safety.

Mitigating Risks: Recommendations for Seafarers

To address these risks, seafarers should prioritize dental hygiene, including regular dental check-ups, proper brushing and flossing, a balanced diet, and avoiding smoking. Seeking prompt medical advice for dental pain is crucial to prevent complications.

Poor dental hygiene poses significant risks to seafarers’ health and onboard operations. By adopting preventive measures and seeking timely treatment, seafarers can mitigate these risks and maintain optimal oral health during their time at sea.

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