By Kahinde Yusuf, Adeyemo Aminat,
Alabi Grace, Hamzat Rukayat and Damilola David
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Relief Health Foundation, Mrs Johnson Folake has said many cases of tooth ache are caused by carelessness.
She explained that many people failed to take their tooth for medical attention any time they notice any abnormalities.
According to her, “If you have aching teeth, it may be due to a dental problem such as cavities, gum diseases bruxism, or a non-dental problem, such as a sinus infection or even stress.
“Some types of toothache pain occur if you are using dental care products like peroxide-based whitening agents that penetrate into your teeth causing tooth sensitivity “If you have aching teeth with no signs of tooth decay or gum disease, you may be experiencing bruxism.”
The CEO explained that Bruxism is the technical term for grinding your teeth. Bruxism is a common cause of aching teeth that affects millions of people of all ages in the United States.
Johnson advised that, “if you experience aching teeth and other symptoms of bruxism, see a dental professional as soon as possible. If left untreated, chronic tooth grinding can damage crowns and fillings, and wear away tooth enamel, putting your teeth at increased risk for infection or decay.
She mentioned that, causes of bruxism that lead to aching teeth include crooked teeth, poor jaw alignment, and stress or anxiety. If bruxism is due to misaligned teeth, straightening your bite with orthodontia could help solve the problem.
” But if bruxism is due to chronic stress, stress management techniques may be needed to help relieve your aching teeth. Your dental professional may recommend a mouth guard to wear at night to help prevent tooth pain associated with bruxism.
Tooth decay occurs when acids from plaque bacteria penetrate into the tooth enamel causing a loss of tooth mineral which, if it progresses, can ultimately cause pain in the tooth’s inner layer, the pulp.
She informed that, everyone has a favorite remedy for toothache pain, such as rinsing your mouth with warm water.
“Some people are nervous about going to the dentist, and they will postpone a dental visit even if they have a toothache. Dental anxiety is not uncommon, and many dentists make an extra effort to make the care of toothache pain less stressful for an anxious patient.” She said
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What the colour, shape of your stool says about your health
It is important to observe the colour of your stool as it may be an indication of underlying health conditions.
Arikawe Adeolu, a medical practitioner at the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, Abuja, gave the advice in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday.
Adeolu said the colour, shape, size, consistency and frequency of an individual’s stool gives a lot of background information about underlying health conditions in the body.
He said the pigment present in bile is the reason the stool maintains its brown colour as it (the pigment) mixes with the stool when they come in contact.
The doctor said if for any reason the pigment fails to mix with the stool to give it the brown colour, the stool would appear pale, having an off-white colour.
Adeolu said: In this situation where the stool turns off-white, you are looking at some form of blockage of the bile duct.
The blockage prevents the bile from getting to the intestine to mix with the stool to give it that brownish colour.
Once you notice a consistent change in your colour of stool over a two day period, it is important you go to the hospital so that you can be thoroughly assessed by a health professional to find out the cause.
The colour of stool can give background information into some underlying health conditions in the body.
Your stool can say a lot about your health and there are a lot of things to consider when one wants to make an assessment of one’s stool to determine ones health condition.
The colour of stool is just one factor to consider when assessing ones health; there is need to consider the shape, size, consistency and the frequency of the stool.
The ease of passage of stool can also give information about any underlying health condition.”
He said some stool could have yellowish colouration and could appear oily, stressing that in such situation, the individual could be having a health condition known as malabsorption.
He said if the stool colour changes to black, it could mean that the individual is consuming some type of supplement or that such individual has some form of internal bleeding.
Adeolu said the bleeding could occur in the intestine, a condition known as upper gastrointestinal bleeding.
According to him, black stool condition is normally referred to as tarry black stool.
He said when the stool appears red, it indicates that there is blood in the stool which could be as a result of bleeding in the lower part of the intestine.
The medical expert also observed that the red colour in the stool could be from the rectum or heamorroids.
Adeolu said the normal colour of stool should be brown; adding that professional medical assistance should be sought if the colour changes and remains consistent more than two days.