Poor oral hygiene causes mouth odour — dentist

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Dr Segun Adegoke, the Head, Dental Department, State Specialist Hospital, Okitipupa, Ondo State, has identified poor oral hygiene as one of the causes of `haelitosis’ (mouth odour).

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Haelitosis is a bad breath or very repulsive smell that comes out of the mouth due to decomposition of food particles.

Adegoke told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Okitipupa on Thursday that mouth odour was a common teething problem affecting of people of different backgrounds worldwide.

“The food particles in all the corners of the mouth and teeth when we eat are fed on by bacteria which are converted to sulphur and later result to mouth odour.

“Early in the morning before we brush, some bad smell comes out of our mouth when we talk; that is why we need proper hygiene to remove the odour.

“We must engage in proper brushing techniques by brushing our teeth both vertically and horizontally, and ensure that the surface of the tongue was not left out.”

Adegoke observed that mouth odour had destroyed many relationships and  led to loss of jobs.

The dentist, who categorised brushes as hard, medium and soft, said that the most preferred was medium, adding that it was not the amount of pressure exerted while brushing but proper brushing techniques applied.

He, however, added that proper oral hygiene could be maintained by brushing twice daily, to ensure that all food particles which could cause mouth odour, were totally removed. (NAN)

Babatunde Akinsola
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Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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