Kenyan Dentist Attends To 42,000 Patients, WHO Recommends 7,000

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More than 200 pupils at Kajiado Township Primary School had their teeth examined by Kenya Dentists Association doctors in this year’s World Oral Health Day.

Kelvin Nyababa, 7, of Kajiado Township Primary School had one of his teeth removed by a dentist on Wednesday during the World oral Day. PHOTO/KNU.

Unilever East Africa in partnership with KDA joined the world in marking this year’s WOHD in Kajiado on Wednesday with calls on Kenyans to prioritise prevention over the treatment of oral diseases.

The speakers led by KDA Chairman Dr. Wetende Andrew urged Kenyans to brush their teeth at least twice a day in the morning and before going to bed as a first line-defense against oral diseases, saying treating the diseases can be a big burden to families.

During the function, Unilever announced that it had embarked on a programme to teach behavior change to school going children in order to instill and drive good oral hygiene habits early on in life.

[VIDEO] Pupils of Kajiado Township Primary School are examined and treated by doctors from Kenya Dentist Association. KNU.

Under its sustainability agenda aimed at improving health, hygiene and enhancing livelihoods, the company made a big stride towards making oral care affordable and accessible to most Kenyans by launching Pepsodent toothpaste and toothbrush in retail outlets all over Kenya at an affordable price.

“We have also issued Sh25 million worth of samples to schools in various towns all over Kenya in a bid to break barriers of awareness and access,” said beauty and personal care director at Unilever East Africa, Pawan Marella.

Marella said WOHD is a global awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness on the importance of oral hygiene, adding that most Kenyans have never been assessed for oral diseases.

This is because the country has a dentist population of about 1,000 for a population of 42 million people, giving a dentist-to-population ratio of 1:42,000. The World Health Organisation recommends 1:7,000, Marella said.

The colourful ceremony, in Kajiado, also saw Unilever staff visit various other schools across Nairobi to conduct mass brushing sessions. Thousands were also screened for oral diseases, according to Unilever.

According to a global study commissioned by Unilever Oral Care through its toothpaste brand, Pepsodent, poor oral health not only damages children’s teeth, but it can also lower their self-esteem and harm their performance at school.

The report that was published ahead of this year’s WOHD shows that the quality of a child’s oral care can have an impact beyond obvious medical problems like bad breath and dental pain; it can also limit their potential and negatively impact their self-esteem.

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