Prof. Oyinkansola Sofola, Dean of the Faculty of Dental Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, has said that an unclean mouth can lead to heart diseases, premature delivery of babies and other serious health issues.
She said this at the 13th Faculty Conference and third Alumni Guest Lecture held at the college.
“Because a lot of dental diseases are not life-threatening at the initial stage, a lot of people would stay until they have very bad pain before coming for treatment. Lately, lots of bacteria that cause diseases in the mouth have been found in other parts of the body. We need to sensitise Nigerians on the fact that unclean mouth goes beyond the smelling of the mouth and it has a lot to do with several diseases in the body.
“It has been linked to cardiovascular diseases, premature delivery of babies. What are in the mouth are bacteria and the mouth connects to other parts of the body. So, taking care of the tooth is not all about the mouth but also preventing serious diseases. If you come for dental checkups, the dentist diagnose it earlier and you can get a cheaper treatment and it is safer,” she said.