Residents urged to prioritise oral health

Erongo Governor, Neville Andre Itope, has encouraged regular dental check-ups, emphasisng the importance to allow professionals to detect and address dental issues before they escalate.

The governor said that dental visits should not be limited to emergency situations but should be planned as preventative measures.

Itope said this during the closing ceremony of the National Oral Health week through a speech delivered on his behalf at Walvis Bay on Friday, further explaining that at times oral health is underestimated, although it plays a vital role in one's health.

“The National Oral Week serves as a reminder that dental health is not just an individual concern, but a collective responsibility. It is an opportunity for us to come together and educate ourselves on the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene habits and seeking regular professional dental care,” he said.

In celebration of the national oral health week in the Walvis Bay District, the dental team consisting of dentists, dental therapist and dental assistants worked closely with other professionals from Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) and the municipality.

During the program, the dental team visited various communities in Walvis Bay, offering free oral health education and free screening of patients for various oral diseases.

Erongo Health Director, Anna Jonas, emphasised the importance of of prioritising oral health as it can prevent non-communicable diseases (NCD).

“Oral health provided a unique opportunity to contribute directly to reducing NCDs and their associated risk factors. In addition, taking care of your mouth is more than just maintaining a pretty smile. Oral health is directly linked to enhanced social interaction and promote self-esteem and feelings of well-being.”

Source: The Namibian Press Agency