Guest Speaker: Nurse Femi Okebunmi.
The mouth, also known as the oral cavity is described as the largest opening found on the external part of the human Body. It is often referred as the ‘GATEWAY TO THE BODY.
It has been proven that your oral health is a determinant of your overall wellbeing. How?
According to the Academy of General Dentistry, research shows that more than 90 percent of all systemic diseases (diseases involving many organs or the whole body) have oral manifestations, including swollen gums, mouth ulcers, dry mouth and excessive gum problems.
It is estimated that about 3.5 Billion people have oral disease with about 530million to be kids (WHO global burden of Disease study, 2017). You can imagine that! You’re correct if you say that’s a lot for kids. I do hope that I’m creating a bigger picture with this facts and illustrations.
According to WHO Global Burden of Disease (2017), untreated dental caries (teeth decay) in permanent teeth is the commonest disease in the world. But here’s the good news: Most oral diseases are preventive and can be treated in the early stages and I’ll say it is pocket friendly compared to the cure. If you have to get the nearest replacement to your natural teeth, it’s over £2000. That’s a dental implant.
Now, what do you have to do to save your teeth? Here are a list of things to do:
√ Brush (2-3mins) twice daily, morning and last thing at night.
√ Use pea-size fluoride containing toothpaste, medium-bristle toothbrush (no hard brush, they’re killers).
√ Mouthwashes are good to keep you fresh during the day but do not replace brushing.
√ Floss in between your teeth daily using a dental floss. Say no to toothpicks, they are your gum’s worst enemy!
√ Healthy diet: Reduce/limit sugar intakes, soda, alcohol, etc. Vegetables, fruits are good.
√ See your dentist twice a year for an examination and cleaning (scaling and polishing) even if you don’t have pain.
√ Lastly, do not ignore the slightest dental pain.
This is the holy scripture for keeping all your teeth till happily ever after.
Thank you for the privilege of having me. I’m honored for this opportunity and I do hope it makes an impact.
Honest feedbacks and questions are now welcome. Thank you once again.
Questions and Answers
1. What’s the cause of bad breath and can we explore possible remedies?
Response: Oh! Bad breath can be caused by two major things:
√ Poor oral hygiene: This can be prevented and can be managed. Brush well and appropriate. Don’t forget to brush your tongue (it’s like a towel you know). Do your 6 months regular cleaning at the dentistry.
√ An indication for a systematic disease.
Solution: See your dentist so that the case can be examined so you can know the differential diagnosis and the one most possible.
Also, some food spices, if used over a long period of time, can cause the oozing. Garlic is number one, and the likes.
2. What is needed to brighten up a teeth?
Response: Well, brightening your teeth (whitening) is an aesthetic procedure and as such I’ll say different strokes for different folks. If you appear more in public and you speak often, you can do a whitening procedure at the dentist remember!
A whole lot of people have inferiority complex and low self esteem from the way their teeth looks but it’s possible to do something.
3. What causes a coloured teeth ( a regularly brushed one)? And I hope it has no effect on the mouth.
Response: Quite a number of things can cause teeth discolouration.
Surprisingly, even before a baby is born. Yes, the teeth colour can be affected.
√ Dose of tetracycline during pregnancy (especially between 1/2 trimester) can cause a baby’s teeth to be discoloured.
√ Naturally, adult teeth are not as bright as the milk teeth.
√ Over time, food colours such as red wines, oily food and other factors like tobacco and smoking can cause discoloration.
You can check the nearest dentist for more info.
Lastly, another major thing that people don’t know or are aware of its possible solution is mal-aligned teeth (teeth that’s not arranged). This pose a big threat and risk of teeth decay.
It’s possible to correct teeth positions (orthodontics) using braces.