The Category Manager for Oral Care, Unilever Ghana, Joel Boateng has commended parliamentarians for prioritizing discussions on oral health care.
“I am encouraged to see our legislators shining the spotlight on issues of oral health. Pepsodent’s ongoing mission is to eradicate oral diseases for everyone and in 2022, the brand has launched an awareness campaign dubbed ‘TalktoADentist’ to sensitize Ghanaians not to wait until it is too late before seeking dental care.”
He made these comments in response to the Member of Parliament for Tema Central, Yves Hanson-Nortey’s appreciation for Pepsodent Ghana’s efforts at promoting oral hygiene.
Noting the contribution of all stakeholders in the championing of proper oral health care, the MP urged the Ghana Dental Association and its partners to enhance public awareness and education on oral health issues in the country.
In a statement read in Parliament, Yves Hanson-Nortey reiterated the need for Ghanaians to take oral health care seriously and not relegate it to the background as has been done with other health issues.
Making his statement on the floor of Parliament on the commemoration of World Oral Health Day, the vocal lawmaker urged the Government to take steps to address the low number of dentists currently practicing in Ghana’s health care system.
Further he noted that Ghana still has few dental clinics, and the cost of dental services remains high.
“It is important that we have a national conversation on what can be done to improve the oral health component of our health deliver ecosystem. More must be done to step up the dentist to patient ratio in Ghana”, added Hon. Hanson-Nortey.
Oral health is closely tied to the overall health of the body and the consequences of waiting too long while nursing severe pain or any other oral care issue always leads to difficult and costly treatments and ultimately, tooth loss.
It is for this reason that Hon. Hanson-Nortey finished by making a clarion call to his fellow Members of Parliament to encourage regular oral health care check-ups by their constituents.
This year, Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late #TalkToADentist. Follow Pepsodent Ghana on Facebook and participate and gain from the free dental advice.