The National, Wednesday July 31st, 2013
THE National Toothbrushing Day celebrated at the Hohola Demonstration School in Port Moresby encouraged positive changes in oral health habits among school children.
The programme reached about 11,000 students in Kimbe, Vanimo, Lae and Port Moresby when it was introduced last year.
It is celebrated annually on July 31.
The Colgate team with Dr Rabbit is educating children on the importance of oral health.
Marketing manager Rocky Acot said they visited 17 schools this year and hoped to visit more.
A dental surgeon who was part of the team, Dr Rose Andrew said the day was significant because children needed to know how to brush their teeth.
She said disseminating oral health knowledge at an early age prevented oral diseases.
“We want Papua New Guinea children to have a healthy mouth and happy smile,” she said.
“So along with thousands of other school children in the country, let’s pass on the message that we can make a brighter future for oral health habits.”