A dental surgeon has disclosed that the constant use of chewing stick negatively affects the teeth.
Dr Isikwei Uche, a dental surgeon with the Bethel Dental Clinic, has disclosed that he constant use of chewing stick to clean the mouth can wear out the surface of the teeth and the gum.
Dr Uche said in Abuja on Monday that the use of chewing sticks was a practice some people had imbibed as a result of their socio-cultural background.
He claimed that the use of chewing sticks implied that pressure had to be exerted to ensure proper cleaning of the teeth which was detrimental to the gum and teeth.
People who use chewing sticks apply lots of pressure on the teeth so as to clean well but this practice over a period of time wears away the surface of the teeth and the gum.
When you apply pressure, you bruise the gum, wear the gum and it causes gum recession.
Chewing stick cannot be used to clean the inner part of the teeth because it is just straight and does not have the ability to reach the inner parts of the mouth.
Dr Uche claimed that though chewing stick control mouth odour due to some anti plague effect it had but lacked the mint readily available in most toothpastes. He claimed that mint in toothpastes assist to produce fresh breath for the mouth.