Dental Surgeon at the University of Ghana Hospital, Dr. Richard Teye Yohunu has cautioned the general public against visiting the dental hospital only when there is pain or discomfort in the tooth as such delays may later cause complications.
Speaking on our Good Health Show on the topic toothache, the surgeon explained that feeling pain in the tooth means there has been an advancement of the problem and that may lead to loss of that particular tooth.
“Do not let the pain take you to see the dentist because if you go because of pain that means the problem is advanced, you’re likely to lose the tooth by which it’s almost late to save the tooth.”
Most often, one cannot detect the operations of the cavities in the enamel and as such, prevents the person from feeling pain in order to seek medical attention.
Dr. Richard Teye Yohunu thus advised that visiting the dentist periodically can reduce or prevent such complications.
“When the cavities start and it is in the first layer, which is the enamel you may not feel any pain to know that something is happening. But if you come for regular checkups, we have a way of detecting it if had started and we quickly fill it for you so that you’re free.”
Dr. Yehuno also advised against self-medication and insisted on frequent visits to the dentist.
“However, when the pain starts also, do not self-medicate thinking that so long as the pain is gone, the problem is solved because it advances”.
Again, the surgeon recommended the use of toothpaste which contains a significant amount of fluoride sincw this ingredient prevents dental caries.
“Look out for fluoride in your toothpaste…but it depends on the quantity. Look out for 1.500 bpm of fluoride on your paste or at least 1,000 bpm. The fluoride can come as a compound sodium fluoride (NaF) but it comes in other combinations. So long as your toothpaste contains fluoride in the right quantity and also an addition of calcium.”
Story by: Hendrina-Rose Bawa|universnewsroom.com