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District Governor, Otunba Bola Onabadejo (2nd left), Ismail Bolaji (right), President of Rotary Club of Ikeja Central, Obidi Ugeh and others where a patient was being treated during the star project organized by Rotary Club of Ikeja Central titled “Oral and Dental Care’ at Rotary Centre, GRA, Ikeja. PHOTO: ISAAC TAIWO

District Governor, Otunba Bola Onabadejo (2nd left), Ismail Bolaji (right), President of Rotary Club of Ikeja Central, Obidi Ugeh and others where a patient was being treated during the star project organized by Rotary Club of Ikeja Central titled “Oral and Dental Care’ at Rotary Centre, GRA, Ikeja. PHOTO: ISAAC TAIWO

Nigerians have been advised to visit their dentists twice in a year, brush their teeth two times in a day, in the morning after taking their breakfast and evening before going to bed.

In addition, they should change their tooth brush every three months and desist from using tooth pick which has adverse effect on the teeth and the gum.

The advice was given during the star project organized by Rotary Club of Ikeja Central titled “Oral and Dental Care’ at Rotary Centre, GRA, Ikeja.

According to the President of the Club, Obidi Ugeh, the first leg of the uncommon project was organized with provision for 750 people in Lagos while the second leg was scheduled to come up during the Rotary International District 9110 Conference at Ijebu-Ode.

“People go for eye and all kinds of medical check up but often neglect oral and dental care which gave rise to organizing this project which is the first of its kind in this Club and perhaps in the entire District.

“We want to ensure this project is held annually for more people to benefit from this important exercise which many people have not been paying proper attention to” Ugeh said.

The team leader of the personnel from First Mobile Dental Care, Ismail Mobolaji said many people have the wrong notion that it is only when they have tooth ache that they should visit the dentist.

He recommended tooth past with active ingredients and sodium floride or sodium mono floride for use, adding that good tooth paste is supposed to be smooth, devoid of sandy texture.

He further advised that as the teeth are brushed, the tongue that is supposed to be pinkish should also be cleansed to avoid mouth odour.
Bolaji debunked the notion that painful teeth can heal off with time and discouraged the wrong attitude of applying just any medication like ‘tough and go’ in this regard.

“Teeth are very hard substance in the mouth and the normal set of teeth is 32 with 16 up and 16 down. In the case where we have extra teeth, we remove the extra which we call supernumerary. There is also what we call gingivitis caused by gum infection that sometimes manifest through swollen gum and this is generally caused by negligence of not taking care of the teeth.

“Campaign like “do not remove your tooth” is not synonymous with rightful medical recommendation to teething problems as proper thing for patient is to visit the dentist where he or she would be given options based on the problem.

It is either the tooth is treated if it can still be managed or removed but the last thing is removal or extraction and the vacuum created could be filled either temporarily or permanently according to the desire and the purse of the patient.



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