Pepsodent Partners Federal Ministry of Health to boost oral hygiene

In commemoration of 2017 World Oral Health Day, a leading toothpaste brand, Pepsodent in partnership with the Nigerian Dental Association (NDA) has revealed plans to help millions of Nigerian families adopt the best oral health practices.

March 6 is usually set aside globally to celebrate the benefits and impact of having good oral hygiene.

Speaking on the partnership, president of the Nigerian Dental Association Dr. Bode Ijarogbe, said the partnership provides immense support towards improving oral care practice in Nigeria.

He said “It is imperative to prevent oral diseases in Nigeria by ensuring people brush twice a day, every day. In addition to the fact that many people cannot afford dental care, statistics also shows that there are only about 4,125 registered dentists i.e. about 40,000 people to 1 dentist.”

A recent statistics showed that 59% of Nigerians do not brush day and night, while less than 20% of Nigerians have access to oral care services which focuses on the curative care.

Addressing issues raised by these figures, Nigeria Oral Care Category Lead, Unilever Nigeria Plc. Ibironke Ugbaja, said: “We have through our efforts in the past seen the transformative impact that brushing twice daily has on the oral health of Nigerians.”

“Our goal at Pepsodent is to continue driving improved oral care practices for a cavity free smile Nigeria. We are also aware that healthy dental habits start in childhood, which is why it’s vital that the Pepsodent Brush Day and Night campaign reaches more children than ever before. We have reached over 2.5 million children in about 3,500 schools since the inception of the programme. Our goal is to reach 10 million children by 2020.”


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