Pepsodent advocates increased awareness on oral hygiene
Oral care brand, Pepsodent, has called for an increased awareness of oral hygiene to combat poor oral health in Nigeria.
Category manager of Unilever Nigeria Plc, Salu Toluwaleke made the call at a media briefing to commemorate this year’s World Oral Health Day (WOHD) in Lagos.
Toluwaleke said poor oral health not only damages teeth especially children’s teeth but can also lower their self-esteem and harm their performance at school.
She said “a study commissioned by Unilever Oral Care shows that the quality of a child’s oral care can have an impact beyond obvious medical problems like bad breath and dental pain, it can also limit their potential and negatively impact their self-esteem.”
Also, the president, Nigerian Dental Association (NDA), Dr Evelyn Eshikena said the time has come for all stakeholders in the private and public sectors to address the challenge of poor oral health among Nigerians through robust partnerships.
Eshikena said, “through the FDI and Unilever Oral Care partnership to raise awareness of oral health globally on Brush Day and Night, a public health programme, millions of children and adults have been impacted on tooth brushing behaviour.”
He commended Unilever Nigeria Plc for its commitment and continuous support as Nigeria participates in the Brush Day and Night initiative to achieve the actualisation of improved oral health for all Nigerians.
Corporate affairs and sustainable business director, Unilever Ghana and Nigeria, Soromidayo George, said, “The Pepsodent Brush Day and Night initiative is part of Unilever’s sustainability commitment to ensure good health and wellbeing for children.
He noted that “Through this initiative, we have reached 5 million children, and we hope to reach 10 million children by 2020.”
Pepsodent, NDA, Federal and states ministries of health with dental health practitioners will engage 2,000 school children on March 20 as part of the effort to promote oral hygiene, by brushing Day and Night.
The WOHD, commemorated on March 20 every year, is an international day set aside to promote good oral health for everyone and empower individuals of all ages to maintain a healthy oral hygiene.