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Pathway to Good Oral Health - Presented by Dr. J. O. Olaoye


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Pathway to Good Oral Health - Dental Care Advice

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Pathway to Good Oral Health - Presented by Dr. J. O. Olaoye

  1. 1. Pathway to Good Oral Health Dental Care Advice
  2. 2. Introduction We cannot overestimate the importance of good oral health as it impacts positively on our general well being. Gum diseases which are secondary to poor oral hygiene is a major risk factor in the development of heart disease
  3. 3. To keep our mouth healthy there are basic steps we must take. Lets first reflect on these questions: 1. How many times a day should you brush your teeth daily? 2. How long should you use a particular toothbrush? 3. What method of brushing should I
  4. 4. 4. How long should you wait before you brush your teeth after a meal? 5. Which foods help to keep your teeth clean and which ones are harmful? Lets now take a look at basic oral care advice.
  5. 5. Dental Flossing Flossing is an act of removing food debris and bacteria from between the teeth using a thin, sterile, filament cord. Technique is as follows: • Rinse your mouth with clean water. • Then slide the floss between all teeth. • Rinse your mouth again
  6. 6. Tooth Brushing The strength (soft, medium, hard). • Know your bristles: Bristle pattern. • Select the right size of toothbrush. • Handle: Select the right handle so as to have a firm grip.
  7. 7. Head design
  8. 8. Bristle Designs
  9. 9. Bristle Design
  10. 10. Bristle Designs
  11. 11. Brushing Technique • Modified Stillman: This method is simpl and will be demonstrated during examination. • Be methodical: Brush outer and inner surfaces, back molars, and especially hard to reach areas. • Don’t always start brushing in the same place, vary your starting point.
  12. 12. Control Your Eating Habit • Eat more of fruit and vegetable when you’re out of the house and don’t have opportunity to brush. (apple, garden egg, carrot). They have cleansing effect. Due to their fibre content they are naturally abrasive.
  13. 13. • Energy Drinks, Frizzy drinks, chocolate and sweets are all bad for our teeth. But even healthy food like apple juice, orange juice and coffee contain acid that can soften enamel. Do not brush within 30mins after consuming them.
  14. 14. Keep Your Brush Clean • Keep your brush clean, wash thoroughly after brushing. Store vertically and allow the water to drip, do not put your brush in a case, this will prevent bacteria from growing on it. Do not leave your tooth brush in the toilet.
  15. 15. Proper Storage
  16. 16. Proper Storage
  17. 17. Duration of Use • It is advisable to discard your old brush and get a new one every 3-4 months. When the bristles are frayed or loose their flexibility, please discard the brush. You should consider replacing your brush after sickness, as it could serve as a source of reinfection.
  18. 18. Toothpaste • Plain fluoride toothpaste is always the best. The fluoride content helps prevent decay. At this age avoid using paste with whitening component as they can weaken your teeth. • Brush twice daily after breakfast and after the last meal of the day
  19. 19. Cleaning the Tongue • Avoid brushing the tongue with your brush. Use tongue scraper o r choose a brush with tongue cleaning back. Our tongue is laden with bacteria, to avoid transferring these to our toothbrush.