Anti-bacterial toothpastes can prevent tooth decay, tooth sensitivity and gum problems.

An expert has enjoined Nigerian consumers to go for toothpastes with anti-bacterial agents. According to Dr Modupeore Shorunke of the Department of Preventive Dentistry, University of Lagos, the recommended type of toothpastes are better in preventing tooth decay, tooth sensitivity and gum problems.

According to the Associate Professor of Dentistry, researches have shown that toothpastes with anti-bacterial content were helpful in preventing bacterial plaque which irritates the gums and can lead to gum disease.

“Currently, over 90 per cent of patients seen in our dental clinic have some degree of gum disease across all age groups and socio-economic status. Despite brushing every day, many people still find it difficult to maintain that level of plaque control that ensures that the gums are healthy. Just as fluoride is for prevention of tooth decay, so also, anti-bacterial toothpaste helps to kill the bacteria and plaque that causes gum disease,” she said.

She made this remark while delivering the keynote address at the 2016 Nigerian Dental Association (NDA) Continuing Medical Education (CME) in partnership with Oral B which the company said is a demonstration of its commitment to the promotion of oral hygiene in Nigeria.

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