DEPARTMENT HOSTS DENTAL SCREENING FOR EMPLOYEES
Officials from the Department of Education where encouraged to have regular dental checkups by dental professionals during the National Oral Health celebration.
The activity is done annually during the month of September to celebrate the National Oral Health Month.
Screening is an effective way to detect a particular condition or disease early even when there have not been any signs or symptoms of that disease. Officials were encouraged to pay attention to their dental routine particularly on two of the world`s most common health problems affecting the mouth - cavities and gum diseases.
Dr. Innocentia Mashego, a professional dentist conducted free screening at our main campus in Polokwane as part of a normal routine. According to Dr Mashego, early detection means getting the right treatment at the right time which gives better control over a person`s health.
“It really is in your best interest to practice good oral hygiene. Not only does it ensure a beautiful smile, but it is good for your health – gum disease has been linked to coronary heart disease, adverse pregnancy outcomes and diabetes. If we eat and drink healthy and visit our dentists every six months for routine dental check- up we can avoid many of the oral diseases. Remember prevention is always better and cheaper than cure” said Dr Innocentia Mashego.
Story: Ndivhuwo Mukhada