September 24, 2018

Oral disease can affect you in za other room – Emeka Nwolisa

Oral disease can affect you in za other room – Emeka Nwolisa

Several things can and often di happen in the mouth.

The mouth is also often deployed for activities that range from the speak -able to the unspeakable.

The unspeakable?…I no know book oh!

In honour of the mouth and all the structures inside it, a day is annually designated as oral health day. The oral health day is celebrated every year on the 20th day of March. It is an international day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and to promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance of oral hygiene .

About 90% of the world’s population will suffer from oral diseases in their lifetime but the cheering news is that many of these diseases can be avoided. The mouth is some sort of mirror to the body and reflects the individual’s general health and well-being.

Oral hygiene is therefore now considered a factor in one’s overall general health.
Poor oral hygiene increases the risk of the growth of harmful organisms that can cause infection of the gum amongst other things. These same organisms can then spread through the blood and cause diseases in other parts of the body.

Bleeding gums, bad breath and decaying or painful teeth are all indicators of poor oral health.

Obviously, poor oral health practices such as smoking or using tobacco products can lead to oral and throat cancers, but other types of cancer have also been linked to gum disease.

Having poor oral health puts a person at risk for several and varied diseases . If the gums are infected, that same bacteria can actually get into the bloodstream causing endocarditis, which is an often fatal condition that occurs when the lining of the heart becomes infected.

Poor oral health can also affect the brain. Substances that are released from gums inflamed by infection can actually kill brain cells and lead to memory loss. The respiratory system can also suffer as a result of poor oral health.

Bacteria in the mouth from infected teeth and swollen gums can be breathed into the lungs or get to the lungs through the bloodstream. Once there, they can cause pneumonia or other lung related illnesses.

Diabetics are known to be easily susceptible to infections. Poor oral hygiene with its attendant gum infection could spell doom for them.

For the bros who cannot rise up to the occasion in the other room. Hmmmm….your poor oral hygiene and not your village people could be the reason o! Having poor oral hygiene puts a man at an increased risk for suffering from erectile dysfunction. This is so because chronic periodontal disease has been postulated to be associated with erectile dysfunction.

Means of preventing poor oral hygiene include, brushing the teeth and gums for two minutes at least twice a day, avoid smoking cigarettes or chewing of tobacco products, using toothpaste and mouthwash products that contain fluoride and limiting intake of sugary foods and drinks.

Healthy teeth are clean and free of pain and healthy gums are pink and do not bleed when brushed. Bros, watch that ya mouth because events in the mouth can cause wahala for the other room.

Be careful na advice no bi curse.

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