Residents and households in and around the Manhyia Palace have benefited from free scale and polish dental services from the Together We Win Foundation (TWWIN Foundation), a non-governmental organisation with a focus on oral hygiene.
The free dental care formed part of activities of the foundation to promote good oral hygiene and also create awareness of oral hygiene.
The foundation also distributed free toothpaste to the residents.
The Oral Health Advocate of the foundation, Harry Poku, a professional dental nurse, advised parents not to use adult toothpaste to brush the teeth of their toddlers as it could damage their teeth.
He said the adult toothpaste contained higher amounts of fluoride than that of kids, hence when children used adult toothpaste to brush their teeth, it could cause fluorosis (a condition that causes changes in the appearance of tooth enamel).
Good oral hygiene
Mr Poku said good oral hygiene held the key to a healthy life and urged all to practise good oral hygiene to protect their health.
He explained that every disease that afflicted the body “starts from the mouth”, and believed that if everyone practised good oral hygiene, diseases such as type two diabetes and stroke could be avoided.
Mr Poku said many people shied away from having their mouths and teeth checked by dentists.
However, he said shyness should not deter people from seeking health care, urging Ghanaians to visit the dentist at least twice a year to have their teeth cleaned to prevent other diseases.