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COVID 19: MY ORAL HEALTH

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W ith recent emergence of novel virus COVID -19 pandemic, many dental offices across the country are closed down while some are already postponing non emergency dental treatment. Hence, it's more important to keep good oral health home care. HOME CARE FOR GOOD ORAL HEALTH Always wash your hands before and after any personal dental care. Brush twice daily with flouride containing toothpaste and medium textured tooth brush. Brush your tongue regularly. Check here Floss a day Eat a well - balanced diet for oral and general health well being. Include detergent food in your diet for cleansing and health oral cavity. Limit frequency of snacking Limit sugary drinks like soda and fruit juices which can be harmful to teeth surfaces. Drink plenty of water Avoid smoking Use of Mouth guard for contact sport

DIAGNOSING HALITOSIS

The specific odor of breath can vary depending on the cause of the problem.
It is best to ask a close friend or relative to gauge your mouth odor as it is very difficult to assess it yourself.
If no one is to hand, one way of checking the odor is to lick your wrist, leave it to dry and then smell it. If it smells bad, there is a strong chance your breath also smells bad.
Or preferably, scrape the surface of your tongue with a tongue scrapper, allow to dry and smell it.

There are a variety of sophisticated detectors that can rate odor more precisely, they include the following:
Halimeter: detects low levels of sulfur
Gas chromatography: measures three volatile sulfur compunds - hydrogen sulfide, methyl mercaptan and dimethyl sulfide
BANA test: measures for a specific enzyme produced by halitosis-causing bacteria
Beta-galactosidase test: levels of the enzyme beta-galactosidase have been found to correlate with mouth odor
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Don’t hesitate to contact me for further clarification, 
Dr. Odeyemi Kolade Project Smile 32 Senior facilitator 
 0906-1999-927.

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