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Over 200 patients to receive oral treatment

Aug. 30, 2019 1 min read

MOHALE’S HOEK - At least 260 people out of the 771 who were examined for oral diseases this week in Mohale's Hoek, will starting from today be treated for oral diseases at the dental department of the Nts'ekhe Hospital.

The patients include children aged below five, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. The treatment follows oral clinical examinations done together with oral health education for children and their teachers at selected Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) centres.  Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers in some wards were also examined. The exercise was part of the oral health awareness week activities that began on Monday.

 


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The district Dental Therapist, Ms Happiness Manyonga said those examined had problems of tooth decay, nursing bottle caries, tooth malalignment, and gum diseases adding that some needed tooth cleaning, filling and artificial teeth. Ms Manyonga observed high consumption of sugar refined foods as a major cause for dental caries and as a result urged against eating sugary foods. 

She also recommended proper brushing of teeth twice a day after meals using a tooth brush which is in good condition as a way to maintain healthy teeth. She further recommended flossing and brushing of teeth with a tooth paste that contained sufficient fluoride. 

LeNA

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