The Alimosho General Hospital, Igando, has joined the rest of the world to commemorate World Oral Health Day and promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance of oral hygiene to all persons.
Speaking at the event held in the hospital complex on Wednesday, the Medical Director, Dr. Madewa Adebajo asserted that advocacy for oral health becomes imperative following prevalence of periodontal (gum) diseases and cancer in Nigeria.
According to him, the hospital has always been in the forefront of advocating the importance of regular dental check-up for impressionable looks as well as good health, stressing that increased awareness would have been created at the end of the celebration for ideal solutions to some dental complaints.
On her part, the Head of Dental Department, Dr. Rofiat Pinponsuhu, a consultant Dentist with the Facility said the Day was established for global awareness, prevention and control of oral diseases in youths and adults for the purpose of total well-being.
She said that “most people will suffer from an oral condition in their lifetime. These can be prevented with increased awareness, support and funding solutions upon diagnosis”.
While explaining the diagnoses of oral health, Dr. Piponsuhu described it as a state of having chronic mouth and facial pain, throat cancer, oral infection and sores, periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay, tooth loss or other disorders that hinder individuals from chewing, smiling and speaking normally, with prevalence in urban areas.
The patients and staff of the hospital enjoyed free dental consultation and received toothbrushes with dental paste as souvenirs during the occasion.