Nigerians should embrace orthodontic check up to keep healthy smile – Traore-Shumbusho

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Amy Traore-Shumbusho, an orthodontist and founder/chief executive director, Smile 360 Dental Specialists have advised that Nigerians can improve their dental health and the quality of smiles by simply visiting the orthodontist to help prevent orthodontic problems from negatively impacting smile and oral health.

Traore-Shumbusho who gave this disclosure in a press conference organized by  Smile 360 Dental Specialists on Wednesday May 15th to mark the World Orthodontist Day, themed Orthodontist, creating healthy smiles for all ages. She explained that a lot of patients out there do not even know what Orthodontic means.

“We know about dentist, we do not know what or who is Orthodontist. Today, we want to explain and at the same time create awareness who is orthodontist is and what orthodontists do and what are the benefits of orthodontic treatment,” she said.

Orthodontic treatment is a way of straightening or moving teeth, to improve the appearance of the teeth and how they work. It can also help to look after the long-term health of your teeth, gums and jaw joints, by spreading the biting pressure over all your teeth.

According to Traore-Shumbusho the World Health Organisation recommends ratio of 1 to 600 doctors but in Nigeria we have about one to about 3,500. Two years ago, Nigeria has about fifty Orthodontists but it has progressively increased to seventy and the good thing is that the number is increasing but the ratio is ridiculous.

“In Nigeria, we have one Orthodontist attending to three million people; the problem is that those Orthodontists are not busy enough. In as much as we are 70 they are still not busy and that is why we are creating this awareness so that people can know the benefits and consequences of not fixing them,” she said.

Traore-Shumbusho further …