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
Private dentists in the country have expressed their displeasure with the rating of dental care as secondary in the National Health Insurance Scheme. They made the complaints at the second annual general meeting of the Association of Private Dental Practitioners of Nigeria, held in Lagos. According to them, categorising dental care as a secondary service makes it less accessible to the public. President of the ASPDN, Dr. Ebere Nwauzor, explained that the health insurance scheme needed to be reviewed. She said, “The private dentist should be very accessible to the average man on the street. People see dental practice as expensive because they don’t have access to it. They don’t even know that they should go to a dentist and not general hospital when they have tooth ache. “We
Do you know that your oral health is vital? Dentists usually advise that knowing how to properly take care of your teeth is very important. If left uncared for, it can lead to teeth decay. In fact, tooth decay is normally a consequence of poor oral hygiene. Studies have shown that tooth decay is one of the most common diseases in the world. It affects a huge portion of the population. What is tooth decay? Tooth decay, also known as a cavity, or cavities, occurs when bacteria living in your mouth make acid that then begins to eat away at your teeth. Untreated tooth decay may cause infection, extreme pain and the loss of tooth. The decay process begins with the unnoticeable damage to the enamel of your teeth and then steadily progresses to deeper layers of the tooth - eventually leading ...
Sparkling water is often perceived as the “healthier” option when it comes to fizzing drinks, but it can still damage your teeth. According to Adam Stone, a dentist in London’s Harley Street, the majority of people have no idea that sparkling water is “extremely acidic”. “It’s pH3 on the acidity scale. The bubbles erode your tooth enamel – and over time this causes painful, yellow cracked teeth,” he said, according to the MailOnline. In comparison, most commercial distilled white vinegars tend to have a pH value that ranges between 2.4 and 3.4, meaning sparkling water can be more acidic than some vinegar. Professor Damian Walmsley, scientific adviser to the British Dental Association, explained how sparkling water becomes acidic in the first place. “Carbonated water gets its fizz from
If you have tender, red, swollen and bleeding gums, it may be a sign that you may need gingivitis treatment. Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums (gingiva). It commonly occurs because of films of bacteria that accumulate on the teeth - plaque; this type is called plaque-induced gingivitis. Among the different forms of gum disease, gingivitis is the most common to occur in humans, with a prevalence of 59.8% in adults between the ages of 35 and 44, and 51.6% in people between 65 and 74 years. This means that more than half of the population over the age of 35 has gingivitis. Gingivitis is a non-destructive type of periodontal disease. Gingivitis is reversible with good oral hygiene; however, without treatment, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, in which the inflammation of the ...