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Family Support Vital In Fostering Brushing Teeth Habit

The high prevalence of tooth decay in our young children is a reminder to parents and other family members that children need to be supervised and assisted, says Commissioner Northern
29 Jul 2017 19:02
Family Support Vital In Fostering Brushing Teeth Habit
Nursing students gathered after the march during the National Tooth Brushing Day at Sangam College of Nursing and Health Care Education in Labasa on July 28. PhotoSUPPLIED

The high prevalence of tooth decay in our young children is a reminder to parents and other family members that children need to be supervised and assisted, says Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea.

Mr Vocea made the comment at the Colgate National Tooth Brushing Day celebration at Sangam College of Nursing and Health Care Education in Labasa yesterday.

Students from various primary schools in Labasa brushing teeth to mark the National Tooth Brushing Day  at Sangam College of Nursing and Health Care Education in Labasa on July 28. Photo:SUPPLIED

Students from various primary schools in Labasa brushing teeth to mark the National Tooth Brushing Day at Sangam College of Nursing and Health Care Education in Labasa on July 28. Photo:SUPPLIED

He highlighted that family support was vital in the development of good health practices in the lives of our children from an early age.

“As today we are promoting the importance of tooth brushing, let us also be mindful about the importance of the food we choose and how often we eat them as they can affect our general health and the health of our teeth and gums,” Mr Vocea said.

“Dental professionals recommend that we brush our teeth at least two times a day using a soft toothbrush with pea sized fluoride toothpaste.

Colgate in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and the Fiji Dental Association introduced the national tooth brushing day event in 2008 and the partnership is committed to improving the oral health of all Fijians.

Colgate Palmolive Fiji Limited general manager Alex Opie said:

“This day is special to us because research and dental professionals have confirmed that the simple practice of properly brushing our teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste helps prevent tooth decay and gum diseases.

“Colgate therefore considers today’s event a worthy investment if it is able to promote and provide Fijians with free tooth brushes and paste to reinforce the importance of proper tooth brushing,” he said

“Fijian children are blessed to have the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education supporting the lunch time tooth brushing drills in primary schools.”

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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