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Children to get into the habit of brushing their teeth

BY GRACE AUKA-SALMANG

ABOUT 3000 students and staff from both elementary and primary of the Bututka Academy School in Moresby South electorate took part in a two-minutes tooth brushing activity recently to commemorate the Colgate National Toothbrushing Day.

In collaboration with the Health Department Oral Health Standards and Colgate Palmolive Limited (Ltd), the much awaited return of this event after a three year hiatus due to COVID-19 Pandemic restrictions prevented them from launching it at schools resumed where they can continue spreading awareness about the importance of dedicating two minutes daily, twice a day to brush teeth for a healthy confident smile.

According to Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon Dr Matupi Apaio, who said: “for the children, we want them to get in the habit of tooth brushing more often.

“This is because, in this day and age, betelnut chewing is getting the upper hand contributing to mouth cancer in the country and it is posing a huge effort to the health care providers,” he said.

Colgate Palmolive Limited (Ltd) marketing manager Rhoda Mojica said the annual event is to invite people of PNG to join them in dedicating two minutes to brushing together as a nation, recognising the vital role of tooth brushing in maintaining good oral health.

“We are delighted to resume our school visits where we can continue spreading the awareness of oral health as this is an initiative of many programs that compliments Colgate’s global school health education program, Bright Smiles, Bright Future which has positively impacted over 2.5 million PNG children since its inception in 2010.”

She said nationally over 306 000 students and teachers participated; that is an involvement of 412 schools and 25 communities and organisations.