Healthier oral lifestyle for the Filipino community

A little known fact is this: Dental issues can become more than oral problems and will lead to serious health issues, especially if not diagnosed on time.

Keeping with the government’s intention of providing a healthier oral lifestyle for the Filipino community, especially children, the Dept. of Education said it will celebrate the 9th National Dental Health Month this February.

With the theme, “Ngipin Pangalagaan, Sakit Maiiwasan, Bansa’y Matutulungan Tungo sa Kaunlaran”, the month-long celebration will highlight the role of schools to promote oral health on its direct link to general health and well-being towards improving learning outcomes and reducing absenteeism.

All public school dentists are advised to coordinate with the Philippine Dental Association local chapters on the activities during the month-long celebration.

Meanwhile, school health and nutrition personnel, especially the school dentists are expected to take the lead in the conduct of the aforesaid activities.

The activities for Dental Health Month include a slogan contest, a parade, the “Dentistang Henyo” competition, a cheer dance competition of dental schools, lectures, free hepatitis vaccines and cleft lip and palate operation in some parts of the country.

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