Ministry health

Ministry of Information, Pepsodent and Stakeholders Celebrate World Oral Health Day

From left to right: Dr Cecilia Kakrabah – Quarshie, Vice President of the Ghana Dental Association, Eno Quargrine, Founder of Talkative Mom; Fatimatu Abubakar, Deputy Minister of Information and Joel Boateng, Oral Care Category Manager, Unilever Ghana

To celebrate this year’s World Oral Health Day in Ghana, the Ministry of Information in collaboration with Pepsodent, the Ghana Dental Association and other relevant stakeholders have joined forces to encourage Ghanaians to take control of their oral health and avoid severe pain, costly and complicated treatments, and ultimately tooth loss.

To mark the day, a panel discussion was held at the Ministry of Information as part of an ongoing campaign on the theme “Don’t wait until it’s too late #TalkToADentist”, which stemmed from research conducted by Pepsodent which suggested that in Ghana, four out of five people have lost teeth by the age of 65.

The panelists discussed the biggest barrier to accessing dental care, signs to look out for before seeking professional dental advice, and some initiatives that Pepsodent has taken to prevent serious problems that lead to tooth loss among Ghanaians.

The discussion included Joel Boateng, Oral Care Category Manager, Unilever Ghana, Dr Cecilia Kakrabah-Quarshie, Vice President of the Ghana Dental Association, Eno Quagraine, Founder and CEO of Talkative Mom, the Ghana’s first parenting app. It was hosted by Anita Erskine, a seasoned bilingual facilitator.

In his address to Ghanaians on the occasion of WOHD, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said, “Oral health is important because it is essential to well-being. It’s also important because it affects the people around you. And so, I want to encourage you not only to brush your teeth regularly, but to take better care of your general oral health and to visit your dentist regularly.

Joel Boateng explained how Pepsodent was working with its partners to ensure that Ghanaians across the country get free dental screening.

He said: “As part of our brand’s ongoing mission to unleash the power of healthy smiles by eradicating oral disease for everyone, we are offering free dental checkups through dental screening centers across the country. .

“We also televise free dental consultations in partnership with the Ghana Dental Association through our popular TV program Time with The Dentist. Through these services, we aim to help Ghanaians take control of their oral health to prevent tooth loss.”

This year’s celebration was characterized by a free dental screening at the Ministry of Information, which saw students, ministry staff and the general public turn up for free dental services.

You can also get your free dental screening at Accra Mall, Achimota Mall, Junction Mall, Okaishie Market and some communities.

To learn more and follow the “Don’t wait until it’s too late #TalkToADentist” campaign, follow @PepsodentGH on social media