- Joburg Oral Hygienist shared the amazing way how dentists know if you are taking care of your teeth.
- It turns out that your gums reveal a lot about your dental hygiene.
- His post on Quora became viral and was picked up by one of the UK's largest media outlets.
A young Johannesburg oral hygienist shared the surprising way how dentists know you are not taking care of your teeth, and the revelation has proven to be an instant success for the international public.
Boitumelo Koopedi (27) recently published a note on the popular Quora question and answer platform, explaining how to judge whether a mouth is healthy.
"Before going to the biannual cleaning, some patients who do not brush their teeth properly or regularly, try to hide – evidence of such brushing three minutes before an appointment or five to ten minutes before leaving home. went to the appointment. "
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But by looking at the condition of your gums, you can clearly see who cares for the teeth, she says.
Koopedi, who works in a dental office at Roodepoort, shared two mouthpieces as an example:
A sick mouth
Although at first glance the white-toothed mouth looks healthier, it says that the red gums are a clear cause of the problems.
"If you do not break the plaque for an extended period, it causes inflammation of the gums (gingivitis). During the inflammatory process of the affected gum areas, blood flows into the areas and causes a red coloring of the gums. "
"You can not just brush gingivitis in a few hours," says Koopedi. Depending on how severe it is, it can take a few days to weeks until the visible symptoms disappear.
"Then your teeth may shine like mother-of-pearl, but your gums have all the signs of poor oral hygiene practices."
This mouth, even with yellow teeth, is healthier, it says:
A healthier mouth
"If you brush properly (and floss between your teeth) in order to stop plaque formation, your gums will have a light pinkish hue at the junction where the gums and teeth meet, which is a good sign of health , without inflammation. "
His post was viral at Quora with more than 350,000 views so far – and was also chosen by the UK's huge Daily Mail site on Wednesday. The site reaches 100 million readers per month.
The article about his revelation was shared more often than a story about British royalty on Wednesday.
Koopedi tells Business Insider South Africa that she is passionate about oral health after just starting work in the field two years ago.
After she enrolled in Lenasia, she worked at a bank. "But I really, really hated it." She decided to study more, only knowing that she wanted to work in the health sector.
Koopedi went through a prospectus of the University of Pretoria and was immediately captivated by dental medicine.
A colleague of Roodepoort dentists, where she works, says Koopedi is "absolutely excellent" in her work.
Oral health is very rarely a priority for South Africans, Koopedi told Business Insider. She would like to see more people thinking as much about her teeth as about the rest of their bodies.
She also wants to see more flossing.
"You have to do this once a day – to get rid of that gingivitis between your teeth."
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