Millicent Njeri / Press Release
According to a recent research done by World Health Organization, tooth decay affects between 60 to 90% of teenagers and adults, and it is the most prevalent chronic disease in the world. The unhealthy dental state has also been related to several bacterial problems that may affect the entire body and weaken the immune system. As time progresses, it seems that dental care is becoming more and more important to the wellbeing of an individual.
As part of its continued efforts in sensitizing the public on the importance of dental health care, Colgate Palmolive in partnership with the Ministry of Medical Services & Kenya Dental Association, joined the World in marking the World Oral Health Day under the theme “A Healthy Smile for a Healthy Nation towards prevention of non-communicable diseases.” The celebrations incorporated a one day dental check up at Dagoretti Special School and children’s home in which more than 500 children were treated. Other dental checkups will be held in Eldoret Town from 19th until 24th September where the two institutions are targeting to reach over 22,000 children.
Speaking at the press briefing to kick off the celebrations Ms Mary Wairimu Ngari, PS Ministry of Medical Services said “Oral health is still a big problem in most countries in Africa, Kenya included and in order to raise awareness of the importance of oral health and improve access to dental care; awareness programs should be initiated to reduce oral health problems such as gum diseases and tooth decay. It is also important to increase people’s knowledge about brushing and rinsing the teeth and seeing dentists for regular check-ups.”
“The government is determined to ensure that Kenyans understand the implications of poor dental care and making certain that proper precautions are taken hence, the reason for marking this day and partnering with organizations such as Colgate Palmolive. I would like to applaud Colgate Palmolive for coming on board and providing free dental supplies and hope in future more Corporates will join the initiative and ensure that this program is successful.” She added.
Santhosh Raghunathan General Manager, Colgate Palmolive said, “As we celebrate this important day it is my hope that everyone will take a minute and think about the importance of oral hygiene. Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly. At Colgate Palmolive our core value in line with our Bright Smiles Bright Future initiative is to care for the community by promoting good oral health.
“We have partnered with the Ministry of Medical Services, Ministry of education and Kenya Dental Association since the 1980’s to promote oral health care in Kenya” he added.
World Oral Health Day celebrations is under the flagship of FDI World Dental Federation, whose aim is to increase awareness of oral health, as well as reduce the impact of oral diseases on general health, well-being and national economies.
Apart from the Ministry of Medical services, Colgate has also partnered with other oral health organizations such as Kenya Dental Association, Oral Health Association of Kenya, Kenyatta National Hospital, Kenya Medical Training College, Dental School, University of Nairobi and Moi University to mark this year’s celebrations.