Dept to pro­mote oral health aware­ness

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OC­TO­BER has been set aside to raise aware­ness of proper oral health care and the North­ern Cape Depart­ment of Health will be en­cour­ag­ing com­mu­ni­ties to pay ex­tra at­ten­tion to their daily den­tal rou­tines.

“Two of the world’s most com­mon health prob­lems af­fect the mouth – cav­i­ties and gum dis­ease,” ex­plained the spokesper­son for the depart­ment, Le­bo­gang Ma­jaha.

“The main ob­jec­tive for oral health month is to pro­mote oral health and health ed­u­ca­tion.”

In line with the theme “It All Starts Here”, Ma­jaha said that the em­pha­sis will be on Grade R pupils and chil­dren at­tend­ing crèches as the tar­get group.

Ac­cord­ing to MEC Le­bo­gang Motl­hap­ing, the ear­lier oral health aware­ness is en­cour­aged among chil­dren the eas­ier it is for them to grow and de­velop the nec­es­sary oral health care knowl­edge and skills.

“The early years of a child’s life are a time when they ac­quire con­cepts, skills, and at­ti­tudes that lay the foun­da­tion for life­long learn­ing,” the MEC said.

For the pre­vi­ous fi­nan­cial year, the depart­ment per­formed a to­tal of 54 507 den­tal head­counts, 50 292 tooth ex­trac­tions, 15 tooth fis­sure sealant 1st or 2nd per­ma­nent mo­lar (child) and 1 005 tooth restora­tions in the Prov­ince.

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