At the National Oral Health Week organized by the Federal Ministry of Health, held in Abuja, The Honourable Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Enahire had also made a similar appeal to Nigerians to see their “oral health as closely integrated with their general health system as the mouth is the gate way to the body and several oral diseases are related to non-communicable diseases such as diabetes mellitus and hypertension.”
Speaking at the Executive editorial debrief session following the 2015 National Oral Health Week, the Brand Manager of Oral B for Sub-Saharan Africa, Aliza Leferink, pointed out that “healthy teeth and gums are fundamental to overall health and well-being. And we want Nigerians going into 2016 and beyond with stronger teeth, which comes from forming a great daily care habit, consistency and the right toothpaste use.”
“Maintaining healthy teeth can be achieved by following a number of simple principles, and Oral-B wants to help Nigerian consumers on their way to better oral-care-routines.” Aliza advised that firstly, one should brush twice a day and floss daily. Most people find it difficult to brush at night. But this is one of the most effective ways of preventing germs, gum disease and tooth decay in the long term. Brushing at least twice a day will help to prevent acid build up from the breakdown of food by bacteria.
To brush the teeth correctly, one should spend at least two minutes using a recommended technique, which includes 30 seconds brushing each section of your mouth (upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left), both morning and night. Start with outer and inner surfaces, and brush at a 45-degree angle in short, half-tooth-wide strokes against the gum line. Make sure you reach your back teeth. Move on to chewing surfaces. Hold the brush flat and brush back and forth along these surfaces. Once you get to the inside surfaces of your front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and use gentle up-and-down strokes with the tip of brush. Finally, brush your tongue in a back-to-front sweeping motion to remove food particles and help remove odor-causing bacteria to freshen your breath”.
Oral-B also demonstrated that the hygiene and condition of the tooth-brush itself is very important for a healthy mouth. Tooth brushes should be changed 3 to 4 times a year. If the toothbrush bristles become frayed and worn, they may lose their effectiveness, and when ineffective, it is not able to get into all of the nooks and crannies of your mouth and clean your teeth and gums as a new toothbrush does. Some studies have shown the typical toothbrush can harbor up to 10 million bacteria, so a good and frequently exchanged toothbrush will help keep your teeth clean and healthy.
Good diet and low sugar intake is another habit that needs to be cultivated. It is advisable to visit the dentist for regular check-ups, preferably every six months to ensure gum and teeth do stay healthy. Most people go to the dentist only when they are in pain. They should go for both prevention and cure!
“We are driving positive habit change and promoting the culture of brushing twice daily, day and night, which is a global best practice to healthy oral-care living. Oral-B helps to protect against cavities, stains and bad breath and these are the most prevalent oral care needs in many homes. When one has clean teeth and healthy gums, there are fewer bad bacteria to enter your bloodstream and travel to other parts of your body”, she elucidated.
The Oral-B toothpaste combines three powerful ingredients, stannous chloride, sodium fluoride and a specific Polychelation Technology which address the seven areas dentist check most to help people achieve healthy, beautiful teeth. Through its new advanced toothpaste formulation Oral-B tooth paste creates a protective shield around the teeth and gums. During brushing the paste distributes key ingredients throughout the mouth.
Oral-B brand is a worldwide leader in Oral Care. Oral-B continuously strives to work closely with the dental professionals to deliver high quality products. Oral-B Toothpaste was developed by dentists and helps to protect the 8 most common oral health problems at the same time: Tooth holes, bad breath, gum problems, tooth sensitivity, stains, bacteria deposits, tartar, and enamel erosion.