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A Dentist at the Atekyem Hospital in Koforidua, Eastern Regional Capital, Dr.Emmanuel Baah Abeka has charged Ghanaians to practice good oral hygiene for better kissing experience and general well-being .

According to him, a passionate deep kiss in a healthy mouth has some health benefits by increasing saliva which helps to keep healthy teeth and gums adding that kissing stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies that fight foreign bacteria and sanitizes the mouth.

He however cautioned that poor oral hygiene and some health conditions of an individual could make kissing dangerous to ones health.

He explained that some disease causing bacteria and viruses could easily be transmitted through the oral cavity during kissing.

“Some diseases are more easily spread through kissing than others. There is one condition we call aggressive periodontitis which the bacteria can easily be transferred”.

Dr.Baah Abeka said this when the Atekyem Hospital held free dental screening for the second time this year as part of effort to improve oral hygiene among residents.

Oral health diseases remains one of the major national public health concerns in Ghana with alarming prevalence rate currently ranging between 52 per cent to 68 per cent for periodontal diseases and 12per cent to 24 per cent for caries while knowledge and attitudes towards oral health remain poor, with toothache being the most recorded cases in Dental Units at various health facilities with dental care services

Dental diseases have been linked to absenteeism among School Children affecting their academic performance while productivity is affected among the working class.

A Dentist at the Atekyem Hospital in Koforidua, Eastern Regional Capital, Dr.Emmanuel Baah Abeka has charged Ghanaians to practice good oral hygiene for better kissing experience and general well-being .

According to him, a passionate deep kiss in a healthy mouth has some health benefits by increasing saliva which helps to keep healthy teeth and gums adding that kissing stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies that fight foreign bacteria and sanitizes the mouth.

He however cautioned that poor oral hygiene and some health conditions of an individual could make kissing dangerous to ones health.

He explained that some disease causing bacteria and viruses could easily be transmitted through the oral cavity during kissing.

“Some diseases are more easily spread through kissing than others. There is one condition we call aggressive periodontitis which the bacteria can easily be transferred”.

Dr.Baah Abeka said this when the Atekyem Hospital held free dental screening for the second time this year as part of effort to improve oral hygiene among residents.

Oral health diseases remains one of the major national public health concerns in Ghana with alarming prevalence rate currently ranging between 52 per cent to 68 per cent for periodontal diseases and 12per cent to 24 per cent for caries while knowledge and attitudes towards oral health remain poor, with toothache being the most recorded cases in Dental Units at various health facilities with dental care services

Dental diseases have been linked to absenteeism among School Children affecting their academic performance while productivity is affected among the working class.

source:starfmonline.com

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