Written by Ijeoma UKAZU

Unilever, NDA walk to promote oral hygiene

Aimed at promoting awareness on oral hygiene, the Nigerian Dental Association, NDA, and Unilever Nigerian Plc, has embarked on a road-walk to commemorate this year’s World Oral Health Day, WOHD.

The 10 kilometre walk, which started from the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Idi -Araba to Jibowu bus-stop and back to LUTH, is geared towards creating awareness on how to achieve good oral hygiene and reduce incidences of tooth decay.

Speaking to journalists on the essence of the walk, NDA’s National President, Dr Olabode Ijarogbe, said the walk was to highlight the benefits of good oral hygiene, stating that “good oral hygiene also helps to boost self-confidence and the health of our whole body at large.

"The WOHD is marked annually on March 20, and the theme for this year is “It All Begins Here, Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body." It is aimed to increase awareness for oral health as well as the impact of oral diseases on general health, well-being and national economies."

Ijarogbe further said healthy teeth, gums and mouth generally play a crucial role in one’s ability to relate, work or study with self-confidence, without suffering painful toothache.

The NDA president lamented that dental caries and periodontal diseases are the most common chronic dental cases worldwide affecting children, adults and elderly, noting that it results in great impact on the wellbeing, daily performance and treatment costs, adding that if treatable oral disease is left unchecked, it could lead to major negative health consequences.

In his remark, Brand Manager, Pepsodent, Unilever Nigeria Plc, George Umoh, said brushing day and night daily will help defeat oral health issues, adding that healthy teeth aids proper digestion.

The Category Manager, Oral Care, Unilever Nigeria PLC, Bunmi Adeniba said "the health awareness walk is to inform Nigerians that prevention is better than cure and as such we should take our oral health seriously.

“The brush day and night campaign is part of Unilever’s vision to improve lives of Nigerians and by 2020 we have a commitment to have impacted the life of 10 million children across the country this year."

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