Southern Times Reporter
Zim Ministry of Health joined the world in commemorating World Oral Health Day (WOHD) with more emphasis on awareness of oral health’s connectedness to the general wellbeing of people.
World Oral Health Day is celebrated ever year on 20 March. This year’s commemoration in Harare were held under the theme “Say ahh, Think Mouth, Think Health”.
Minister of Heath and Child Care David Parirenyatwa said good oral hygiene reflects good health and wellbeing.
“Poor oral health, can be the result, as well as cause of poor health,” said Parirenyatwa.
World Health Organisation (WHO) Health System Strengthening advisor Stanely Midzi speaking at the commemorations said dental diseases reduce quality of life.
“Oral diseases such as dental caries, periodontal diseases, tooth loss, oral mucosal has profound effect on general health and quality of life”
Health experts have highlighted the relationship between oral diseases and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and urged the people to maintain a healthy mouth as it boost social interaction and promote self-esteem.
The minister urged people to take preventative care of the mouth, seek early detection and treatment to fight oral diseases and associated general health conditions.