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WOHD: Oral health care, key indicator to overall well-being, health expert says

A health expert, Dr. Folasade Momoh, says oral healthcare is a key indicator of the overall well-being and quality of life of every human being.

Momoh, who is the Executive Director of the Centre for School Health Education and Environmental Hygiene (CSHEEH), a non-governmental organization (NGO), made the remarks on Friday in Abuja.

She spoke during the sensitization program at Pilot Science Primary School, Gwagwalada, Abuja, to mark the 2024 World Oral Health Day (WOHD), where she emphasised the need for good oral health and hygiene.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme for this year’s World Oral Health Day is “A Happy Mouth Is A Happy Body.”.

The day is annually marked on March 20 to raise awareness about oral health and hygiene, mouth diseases, as well as care and treatment options.

Momoh said that the theme explained the connection between oral health and the overall well-being of the body, hence the need to adopt good oral hygiene practices to avoid falling sick.

She said it is a known fact that oral health contributes to overall well-being, “and the journey toward good health begins from a clean mouth.

“So, to enjoy a healthier and happier life, we all must make oral health a priority by brushing our teeth daily (at least twice) and maintaining good hygiene

“Not just to prevent dental caries and gum diseases, but also to reduce the risk of chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.”

She said that the objective of coming to the school to mark World Oral Health Day was to afford pupils the opportunity to receive adequate information on oral health, which is essential for good academic performance.

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She thanked FCT UBEB for giving CSHEEH approval to use the school.

The Executive Chairman of FCT UBEB, Dr. Alhassan Sule, represented by Baba Aboki, Deputy Director, School Health and Sports, also thanked CSHEEH for the sensitization.

He called for increased collaboration among stakeholders to promote oral health and hygiene.

Dr. Ibrahim Yusuf, the head teacher of the school, said that the importance of oral health and hygiene among children of school age can never be overemphasized.

He said, ”What is being demonstrated here today, if put into action, would help to save thousands of children.

Highlights of the event were presentations by dental experts and practical demonstrations on ways to effectively brush the teeth and maintain good oral hygiene.

A dental screening was also conducted for the pupils, while they received oral cleaning materials (tooth brushes and tooth pastes) to enable them to practice and maintain what they were taught.(NAN)

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