Dental expert tasks Nigerians on good oral healthcare
Nigerians have been advised to prioritise regular brushing to ensure good oral health because it plays a vital role in total wellbeing.
President, Nigerian Dental Association, NDA, Dr. Evelyn Eshikena, gave the advice during the 2019 oral health day.
She said, the theme for 2019 Oral health day, “Say Ahh!!! Act on Mouth Health” is to motivates everyone to take tangible action towards oral health.
“It is important to urge children and parents alike to give attention to regular brushing, twice a day – morning and night before bedtime. Regular brushing prevents oral diseases and ensures good health,” she said.
She also noted that poor oral health can negatively affect a child’s confidence, social skills as well as potential for success later in life.
Eshikena further stated that oral health is essential to a child’s general health and well-being, adding that everyone has a role in encouraging children to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste for good oral care.
She said people should also cultivate the habit of dental check-up at least once in 6 months.
“If we all make deliberate efforts to take these steps, our oral hygiene level as a nation will improve better than what it is now," she stressed.
Corporate Affairs and Sustainable Business Director, Unilever Nigeria and Ghana, Soromidayo George said as the official global partner of the World Oral Health Day, Pepsodent has been consistent in raising awareness about the benefits of good oral hygiene and the prevalence of tooth decay.
“We are committed to helping children and adults manage their oral hygiene to forestall absence from school, work and socialising due to oral health challenges. We have communicated this effectively in the days leading to the World Oral Health Day and we will forge ahead in this direction throughout the year,” she said.
Emphasizing the role children play in promoting oral care messages, Category Manager, Oral Care, Unilever Nigeria, Toluwaleke Salu noted that children are change agents, hence the need for them to have potential to drive behavioural change.