Dentist Urges Nigerians to Brush Mouths After Meals

Have you ever for once experienced a bad breath before? How did you feel and what was the experience like? Especially when someone tells you, “gosh, you have a very bad breath”

Oral hygiene is the usual practice of keeping or brushing mouth and teeth clean in order to avoid dental problems like dental cavities, periodontal (gum) diseases, gingivitis and bad breath.

Today, tooth decay is categorically the most global disease, meaning that over 80% of cavities happens inside the fissures in the teeth where brushing cannot get through food that is trapped after every meal, in fact, fluoride or saliva can’t even have access to neutralised acid and all…

Dr Broderick Ijehon, head of Dental Department, Dutse General Hospital, has seriously advised Nigerians to regularly wash or brush mouths after taking any meal or snacks.

He said that when an individual brushes his/her teeth after taking breakfast, it helps in removing food particles left in the mouth after eating.

Ijehon added that such food particles if left in the mouth, will give room for bacteria to produce acid which could destroy the teeth with time.

The dentist further explained that acid production happens within seconds of bacteria contact with food particles left in the mouth after meals.

Ijehon went further to stress the need for people to brush twice each day, to fight against acid attack in order to increase the oral health among them.

He stated that tooth decay occurs when micro-organisms in the mouth act on remnant food substances to produce acid which in turn attack the teeth, leading to its decay.
The emeritus also laid emphasis on the need to brush mouth twice each day using toothpaste that contains fluoride in it, it makes teeth strong.

“People should try to make it a practice to brush mouths and their teeth twice daily after breakfast and the last thing at night before going to bed. This way, food particles in between the teeth will be removed completely.

“People should also consult the dentist at least twice a year, that is every six months for proper examination and advice concerning their oral health,” he said.