Akande walked into the restaurant looking really classy and cool. His height was captivating, his swag on point and his clothes showed true class.

He walked over to Amanda who was giggling all this while. It was their first meeting - a blind date.

He was everything she ever dreamed of in a man and more until he opened his mouth. The ooze could have woken the dead when he said "Hi, hope I'm not too late".

The romantic evening ended before it even started. 

The Principal Dental Surgeon at the Rabboni Dental Clinic, Lagos, Dr Bosede Akiba, says to avoid being Akande you must pay attention to your oral hygiene.

She said the consequence of bad oral hygiene goes beyond tooth decay to the under listed diseases. 

1.      Diabetes

Akiba said that there have been collaborations of dentists and endocrinologists that revealed the picture of the mouth can show if one has diabetes.

2.     Oral Cancer

Poor hygiene has been identified as one of the causes of oral cancer, with tobacco, alcohol also major.

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3.     Leukaemia

First signs of leukaemia show up in the mouth. The disease has a distinct effect on dental health, which means that dental hygiene should be a priority when an individual is fighting it.

4.     Gum disease

According to the dentist, if a patient has constant gum disease and uncontrolled plague deposits, the bacteria in the mouth will be isolated to see if the sugar level is high.

5.     Heart disease

Dr. Akiba said there is a certain form of coliform bacteria that has been found in heart disease that comes from the mouth region.

Oran hygiene is very important the dentist added. “If the mouth is the gateway of the body, it means the state of the mouth can reflect the condition of the body.

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“The salivary flow rate must be steady and the tongue in good condition,’’ said the expert who advised people not to wait until they feel pains before going for dental check-ups.

Make sure to brush your mouth twice a day - first, when you wake up and lastly before you sleep.

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