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
Have you lost one or more teeth? For most kids losing a tooth is normal. Historically, kids who lose teeth will throw their teeth onto their roof, or even under it (the idea is the new tooth will emerge from the old tooth). They sometimes yell out a wish that the missing tooth be replaced. Beyond all the myths and fairy tales, you will find family, friends, and colleagues etc, who have lost three or five teeth or even more! While losing milk teeth for kids is normal, losing your permanent teeth is not. Losing a tooth as an adult can be an incredibly stressful experience. The risk of losing a tooth tends to increase as you age. But ageing and tooth loss don’t necessarily have to go hand in hand. In fact, it is usually other factors that contribute more to adult tooth loss than ageing alon
But did you know that caring for your teeth and having a healthy mouth reduces your risk for diseases. Good oral hygiene is when a mouth looks and smells healthy. Just like the saying that prevention is less expensive than cure, regular daily care of your teeth and gums will prevent problems in the future and leave you with lower dental bills. The teeth are a vital part of the body’s structure. They help aid digestion, help with speech and contribute to a positive social interaction. The latter is quite revealing! Most of us are aware that a bad dental hygiene can lead to tooth decay or serious illnesses, yet we ignore the consequences. Imagine when you are in the midst of friends or with colleagues at work, and you find it difficult to interact or express yourself, because you fear the
People who have suffered from gum disease for ten years or longer are 70 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease, a new study has discovered. The research, published in Alzheimer's Research & Therapy, looked at more than 25,000 people to examine whether patients age 50 or older with severe gum disease - also called ‘chronic periodontitis' - had an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Although they did not determine any direct causal link between the two diseases, they did discover that people who suffered from long standing gum disease, of ten years of more, were up to 70 percent more likely to then develop Alzheimer's disease. Leading UK health charity, the Oral Health Foundation, has long recognised close links between poor oral health and general health an
Everyone wants to have a great smile which is why good oral hygiene is important! Having poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems in the future such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, strokes and more. Regular check-ups and cleanings can prevent these problems as well as provide you with good oral hygiene. The following is a list of 10 Dental hygiene steps you can take to promote great oral hygiene. 1. Proper Brushing When brushing your teeth, position the bristles at an angle of 45 degrees near the gum line. Both the gum line and the tooth surface should be in contact with the bristles. Brush the outer surfaces of the teeth using a back-and-forth, up-and-down motion, making sure to be done gently in order to avoid bleeding. To clean the in...
Orthodontist and dentist, Dr. Amy Traore-Shumbusho, has called on Nigerians to pay more attention to their dental health. Shumbusho, the founder of Smile360 and initiator, Project Smile, spoke in Lagos at the award ceremony of Project Smile 4.0 contest for free oral treatment. She described the negative effects of dental defects as appalling as the condition batters the self-esteem and mental health of affected persons, preventing them from contributing meaningfully to the development of their society. She said, “The desire to smile is wired in us and failure to express that due to dental flaws has many social ramifications such as one becoming a recluse or developing pitiable behaviours. Thus, the victims continue with the unbearable pain of their inability to smile due to a lack
Some drugs reduce the flow of saliva and cause a condition called ‘dry mouth’. Dry mouth significantly increases the risk of tooth decay. This is because saliva: reduces the population of bacteria in the mouth neutralises decay-causing mouth acids contains substances crucial to the ongoing process of re-mineralisation, which is the repair of tooth enamel (the hard surface layer that protects the tooth) that has been damaged by acids has a washing effect preventing stagnation of food particles. Talk to your dentist about whether any drugs you are taking could be causing dry mouth. Drugs can affect teeth and gums The regular use of drugs can cause significant tooth damage. Drugs that carry a high risk to your oral health include: alcohol – regular intake of alcoho
Taking care of your general health and your mouth is the key to making the most of your smile. Brushing your teeth twice a day (last thing at night before you go to bed and on one other occasion) with fluoride toothpaste and having regular check-ups with a dentist can help to keep your teeth healthy. Diet, smoking and drinking alcohol also have an effect on dental health. The followings are what you should know. Reduce sugar to prevent tooth decay Limiting the amount of sugar you eat and drink is important to prevent tooth decay. A lot of the sugars we eat and drink are in food and drinks such as: fruit juice, including unsweetened fresh fruit juice and smoothies buns, pastries and fruit pies sponge puddings and other puddings table sugar added to food or drinks, such
When you are in the company of someone with mouth odour or bad breath, it can be really bad. Imagine you are halfway through an amazing dinner date, and you lean over the table to say something charming and she is hit with a wall of bad breath. Often, during situations like this your success or failure comes down to a few small details. In those moments, it no longer matters that you suited up and combed your hair, because you ignored the small details of hygiene. Interestingly, many people who have bad breath do not realise they do. The origins of bad breath are not mysterious. Hundreds of bacteria live in our mouths and some of them on the tongue or below the gum-line, or in pockets created by gum disease between gums and teeth for example, create sulphurous smells. According to the A...
Taking care of your general health and your mouth is the key to making the most of your smile. Brushing your teeth twice a day (last thing at night before you go to bed and on one other occasion) with fluoride toothpaste and having regular check-ups with a dentist can help to keep your teeth healthy. Diet, smoking and drinking alcohol also have an effect on dental health. A healthy diet is good for your teeth What you eat and drink can cause tooth decay, so a healthy diet is important for your teeth. A balanced diet includes plenty of fruit and vegetables, as well as starchy foods, such as bread, rice, potatoes and pasta (choose wholegrain versions and eat potatoes with their skin where possible). You should also eat sources of protein such as meat, fish, eggs, beans or other non-d