World Oral Health Day: Doctors want dental services made compulsory


The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Chapter, has urged the government, to compel all hospitals in the territory to create dental health services department.

Dr Roland Aigbovo, the President of the association said this at a news conference in commemoration of the 2019 World Oral Health Day celebration in Abuja.

The theme of this year’s celebration is; “Say ah: act on mouth health”.

Aigbovo expressed hope that the minister would accede to their request and ensure that dental services were introduced in all the hospitals in the FCT.

He explained that it was imperative for hospitals, irrespective of status or size, to introduce dental services to promote oral health.

“We want to use this medium to call on the FCT minister to make sure that every hospital, big or small, has dental health services.’’

He called on the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHDA) to hasten the integration of its Oral Health services into primary healthcare.

He added that this would further increase access to basic dental services and oral checks for healthy lifestyle.

Aigbovo advised people to ensure they brushed, at least twice daily; and with a soft toothbrush.

“Eat a healthy diet, particularly one low in refined sugar; avoid tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption while having routine dental checks at least twice a year,’’ the dentist advised.

He called on parents to supervise their children, between the ages of six months to seven years, when brushing.

“Pregnant women are encouraged to see their dentist, so that their oral health is optimal during this period of hormonal changes that impact negatively on oral health,’’ Aigovo added.

As part of the activities marking the day, the association in collaboration with other dental professionals, have embarked on visits to selected schools in the FCT for health talk and provision of free dental services for students.


L. Nasir