By ONOZURE DANIA
Stakeholders in the health sector have called for massive awareness campaign on oral health in the country.
Making the call at the 2nd Oral Health Promotion Fair organised by Green Fountain Medical services limited and the Nigerian Dental Association, NDA, Lagos chapter, the Founder of Green Fountain Medical Service, Mr. Luqman Obileye, said that a significant number of people do not know how to take care of their teeth, stating that Fair was part of its organisations contribution towards creating awareness on the need for Lagosians to take care of their teeth.
According to Obileye, Oral health is not only important to our appearance and sense of well being, but it also affects our overall health.
Obileye, noted that in the last 10 years, they have been involved in regular oral healthcare advocacy such as “Catch them young oral health project of the organisation where school children and the members of their families are targeted
He added that it is necessary to catch the children young, in order to inculcate in them early enough the importance of oral hygiene as well as reduce the risk of developing serious problems, like heart attack, stroke and other diseases.
He further added that poor oral health can affect ones appearance and self esteem, and can also be linked to sleeping problems, as well as behavioural and developmental problems in children.
Poor oral health can also affect ones ability to chew and digest food properly. Good nutrition is important to helping build strong teeth and gums that can resist disease and promote healing.
Also speaking, Dr. Matilda Braimoh from the Lagos State Univeristy Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, who spoke on gum disease and bad breath, said Gum disease can affect the bone supporting the teeth, plaque, colourless film of bacteria that constantly builds up, thickens and hardens on the teeth.