Prof. Felix Chukwuneke, a renowned oral and maxillofacial surgeon, on Monday said the country needed no less than 300,000 dental surgeons to boost oral health care. Chukwuneke, who is the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) said the number was at least the minimum to cover the 36 states and Abuja. The don, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu Campus of the institution, advocated for more dental surgeons to ensure the oral health of Nigerians. He said that the current number of dental surgeons in the country was inadequate to take care of a population of about 190 million people. “For now, the number of oral and maxillofacial surgeons is inadequate considering the importance of oral health to the life of any person. “When you
Tooth discolouration (also termed tooth staining) is abnormal tooth colour. Tooth discolouration can be the cause of great embarrassment and can make people feel self -conscious about smiling. According to reports, it could cause mouth odour which could affect a person psychologically, because he or she loses self-confidence in public. No one’s teeth are perfectly white and to some extent our teeth will become a bit duller as we age, studies have revealed. But depending on your genetic makeup, everyone is born with a slightly different tooth shade, with some faring better than others. Unfortunately, for those who suffer from teeth discolouration, teeth can appear yellow, brown or even grayish in colour. Some may have overall discolouration while others have dark spots on their teeth. Yo
Have you ever had your friends turn away while you are talking to them or your significant other not longing for that goodnight kiss? Or, imagine this: talking to someone and feeling like you have to take a few steps back just to get out of the range of their smelling breath. If there was one problem some people would desperately want to get rid of, it would be bad breath. When it comes to improving oral health, most people believe brushing and flossing is all it takes. However, if you are not cleaning your tongue, you are neglecting an extremely important part of good oral hygiene practices. Whether it is to fight bad breath or just for good dental health, cleaning your tongue is equally important, dentists say. Dr. William Christensen, a prosthodontics practitioner in Utah, is of the v...
It's a sensitive subject. But halitosis can happen to the best of us. Evidence already shows that eating certain foods, such as garlic and fish, can only make the smell worse. Now, leading dentist and bacteriologist Dr Howard Katz, founder of The Breath Company, provides a handy guide to the questions everyone has about bad breath. In a piece for Get The Gloss for World Oral Health Day - which occurs every year on March 20, he explains the causes of and cures for halitosis. And Dr Katz, who trained at the University of California, Los Angeles, reveals the best ways of letting someone know they have it without risking a relationship rift. Bad breath (or halitosis to give it its proper name) is the presence of a foul-smelling odour that is expelled from the mouth cavity. Unfortun...
As the world marks the 2018 World Oral Health Day, Dr Seye Logede, Vice-Chairman, Dental Association of Nigeria, Abuja Chapter, says the general attitude of Nigerians to oral health has significantly improved unlike in times past. Logede who is a Principal Dental Officer in the Oral Diagnosis Unit of the National Hospital, Abuja, told our correspondent on Tuesday in Abuja that the use of social media contributed to the success recorded. He said that poor dental health could affect a person’s general health and well-being as the mouth is the gateway to the body. According to him, contrary to what people think, there is nothing happening in the body that does not have symptoms or indications in the mouth. The dentist explained that poor oral hygiene could also affect the psychologic
Like many areas of the body, your mouth is teeming with bacteria — most of them harmless. Normally the body’s natural defences and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, can keep these bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease. The bacteria in your mouth can spread throughout the rest of your body, says Beverly Hills periodontist Sanda Moldovan, D.D.S. This can lead to a whole lot of health issues. Here’s a look at how your poor oral health can affect nearly every part of your body. Poor oral health raises your risk of heart disease and stroke Several studies have shown a link between gum disease which is known as periodontitis and heart disease, a
* Kissing babies on lips could cause cavities An analysis of nine toothpastes found that none of them protects enamel or prevents erosive wear. Specialists stress that diet and treatment by a dentist are key to avoid the problems originated by dentin exposure. The rising prevalence of dental erosion and dentin hypersensitivity has led to the emergence of more and more toothpastes on the market that claim to treat these problems. While no such toothpaste existed 20 years ago, today, many brands with different attributes are being offered. However, a study conducted at the University of Bern in Switzerland with the participation of a researcher supported by a scholarship from the São Paulo Research Foundation — FAPESP showed that none of the nine analyzed toothpastes was capable of m
Most times, we are all busy with a full time job, a family and home to attend to. Having had long day at work the last thing you want to do is add another step to your nightly routine before going to bed. Rather than brush your teeth, you fall into bed exhausted. By the time your eyes are closed you don’t want to open them again till dawn. Arguably, this is a typical routine for most people in this part of the world. Keeping your teeth clean goes a long way toward keeping them strong and healthy. So, how often should you clean your teeth? There are many ways to maintain your oral health. Brushing once a day is not one of them according to experts. You have probably heard your dentist say on more than one occasion that you should brush your teeth at least twice a day. (Brush at-least twice
Everyone knows smoking is bad for your health. Time and time again smokers have been told of this and the many different medical problems caused by smoking. And, in some cases, fatal diseases may result. There is another side effect of smoking that doesn’t get as much attention, and that is the toll it takes on your dental health. For those who like to light a cigarette or chew tobacco products, these can have a serious impact on your oral health. I have heard tales of those who smoke say that their teeth do get more yellow, but it is as a result of forgetting to brush their teeth. Others say smoking probably doesn’t do any harm if you brush and rinse your teeth frequently with “whitening” products. However, medical experts say that smoking can significantly weaken both, constricting the
Recently, a video clip went viral on social media. It showed a gecko licking a toothbrush kept in a holder on the hand wash stand in the bathroom. So scary was that clip that it made some people took a decision on keeping their tooth brush either in their bags or a tightly fitted container. But how safe can we keep our toothbrush? Majority of people leave their toothbrush in a holder in the bathroom where we engage in bathing, defecating and flushing the toilet after use with the toothbrush naked in the holder. The toothbrush is said to harbour more than 100 million bacteria including E. coli and staphylococci (Staph) bacteria. A research found that fecal germs find their ways on the bristle of our toothbrushes if left in the bathroom, especially when the toilet seat is not covered w...
Toothache refers to pain in and around the teeth and jaws that is usually caused by tooth decay. You may feel toothache in many ways. It can come and go or be constant. Eating or drinking can make the pain worse, particularly if the food or drink is hot or cold. The pain can also be mild or severe. It may feel “sharp” and start suddenly. It can be worse at night, particularly when you are lying down. A lost filling or broken tooth can sometimes start the pain. It can also sometimes be difficult to decide whether the pain is in your upper or lower teeth. When a lower molar tooth is affected, the pain can often feel like it’s coming from the ear. Toothache in other upper teeth may feel like it is coming from the sinuses, the small, air-filled cavities behind your cheekbones and forehead. T
* New dental material resists plaque, kills microbes Add one more reason to why you should brush and floss regularly: Gum disease bacteria are now tied to higher odds of oesophageal cancer. The study tracked the oral health of 122,000 Americans for 10 years. It found that the presence of two types of bacteria linked with gum disease may hike the risk of the cancer. The study findings were published December 1 in the journal Cancer Research. The presence of one oral bacterium in particular, called Tannerella forsythia, was tied to a 21 percent increase in the odds of developing esophageal tumors, said a team led by Jiyoung Ahn. She is associate director for population science at NYU Langone Health in New York City, United States (U.S.). Gum disease has already been linked in
In simple terms, dental erosion is the breakdown of your tooth surface, which can lead to tooth damage. Dental Enamel is the thin outer covering of the tooth. This tough shell is the hardest tissue in the human body. Sometimes coffee, tea, cola, red wine, fruit juices, and cigarettes stain the enamel on your teeth. Unlike a broken bone that can be repaired by the body, once a tooth chips or breaks, the damage is done forever. Because enamel has no living cells, the body cannot repair chipped or cracked enamel. Tooth or dental erosion happens when acids wear away the enamel on teeth. Enamel erosion can be caused by the following: Excessive soft drink consumption (high levels of phosphoric and citric acids) Fruit drinks (some acids in fruit drinks are more erosive than battery acid) Dry ...
The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole has revealed that the mouth is the gateway to the body since it serves as a useful tool in detecting early signs and symptoms of endemic diseases such as HIV/AIDS, measles, syphilis and diabetes. He made this known at a press briefing to commemorate the 6th Edition of the National Oral Health Week, held at the Conference Room of the Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja. According to him, “Oral health is essentially an integral part of overall health. An unhealthy mouth according to researchers may reveal medical complications like increased risk of heart attach, stroke, poorly controlled diabetes mellitus and preterm labour, pain, discomfort and anxiety.” Prof Adewole stressed that oral health diseases affect the overall productivity o
Dental health experts have advised Nigerians never to wait until they have major health complications before visiting dentists or hospitals for oral checkup. This advice was given on Monday in Abuja by officials of the Ministry of Health, dental health association and partners at a media briefing ahead of the National Oral Health Week. The 2017 National Oral Heath Week with the theme: “Coming together to improve the smiles of Nigerians”, will be celebrated from December 1 to 5. Oral health is the practice of keeping one’s mouth clean and free of diseases and other problems by regular brushing and cleaning of the teeth. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, in his speech, said government was committed to encouraging Nigerians to take their dental health seriously because the mo