Although the World Oral Health Day is held on March 20 every year, Namibia has set Sept. 12 until Sept. 16 as the oral health care week.

As part of the campaign, three mobile dental clinics will be dispatched to some of Namibia’s remotest areas.

The clinics will educate people on the importance of oral health care and emergency treatment as well as carry out dental inspections and screening.

Health minister Bernard Haufiku, who launched the campaign, said people should take oral health care seriously.

Haufiku said many health complications are based on unhealthy mouths characterized by oral decay, oral cancer and misaligned teeth. Bad oral care erodes a person’s overall well being, he added.

About 40 percent of Namibian children aged above 12 years and adults above 65 suffer from tooth decay, Haufiku said, citing the 2010/11 National Oral Health Baseline Survey,

He said the survey found out that 74 percent of these often go untreated and that about 60 to 90 percent of school-going children stand at risk of suffering from oral decay.

“To prevent this, the public must be educated on oral health. From early childhood development to primary schools, secondary schools and even at our universities,” he said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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