Here’s why 7 in 10 Africans suffers tooth decay: Health Life Kit


 Poor oral health awareness, lack of access to dental care facilities, and poor nutrition are just a few of the reasons why 70% of African children, or 7 out of 10 children, suffer from tooth decay, particularly in rural areas.

According to Dr. Adekemi Adeniyan, an oral health expert who advocates for better dental care for African children following the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the case.

Dr. Adeniyan said that while tooth decay is preventable, brushing and flossing are still not a priority for some families, particularly those who are struggling to make ends meet as a result of the coronavirus outbreak's economic downturn.

In the aftermath of COVID-19, the WHO revealed in a study that 90 percent of African countries reported a complete or partial disruption of their oral health services between February and July 2020, while more than 530 million children worldwide suffer from dental cavities in their milk teeth.

Oral diseases, according to the World Health Organization, contribute a significant portion of the burden of non-communicable diseases and affect children's physical and mental health.

Dr. Adeniyan, a dental health expert, now wants the federal government to pay attention to the need for teledentistry in Africa as a way to bring oral health education to people in their homes via music, videos, TV shows, and SMS.

According to her, a recent study in rural Africa revealed that many parents cannot afford even toothbrushes for their children and that many young people have never received dental care.

"Despite the fact that this is a disease that is easily preventable, it affects a large number of African children." "Our children are suffering from a disease that is both silent and preventable," she said.

In an exclusive interview with HEALTH LIFE KIT, Dr. Adeniya lamented the lack of an effective oral health campaign for children in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.

She expressed concern that Africa as a continent was not doing enough to raise awareness about oral health among children, noting that few schools and communities have oral health education programs for children and those that do only engage them once a year on World Oral Health Day.

"I believe that if we meet African children where they are, the oral health campaign for them can be better, less expensive, and more effective." Starting with schools is a fantastic idea! "We are capable of more."

When asked about the impact of ongoing public awareness campaigns on individual oral health, Dr. Adeniya stated that such campaigns play a significant role in changing people's perceptions of their mouths and the oral hygiene they practice.

"Communities that participate in oral health awareness and campaigns organized by governments and organizations have had more positive outcomes in their oral health status and improved oral hygiene," she said.

"My team and I have an "oral health book read campaign" in schools to encourage children to practice good oral hygiene. This campaign brings kids together to read oral health stories and discuss what they've learned. One school, in particular, stated that "the book's characters influenced children's thinking about good oral health habits."

Dr. Adesiya, on the other hand, is concerned that the COVID-19 pandemic has created a great deal of uncertainty in dental care in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.

She explained that the 2020 lockdown in Africa meant that dental clinics were closed and community-based oral health programs were halted, resulting in an increase in the burden of oral diseases among citizens.

"As soon as dental clinics opened up, we saw an increase in the number of people seeking treatment for tooth pain." The pandemic resulted in an increase in mental health issues, which contributed to unhealthy eating habits and a disregard for sanitary practices.

"Because of the pandemic, many Africans lost their jobs, basic dental care for children became unaffordable."

"Teledentistry is the future of dentistry, and the pandemic has highlighted the need for oral health education to be delivered to people in their homes."

She asked parents to emphasize the importance of good oral health to their children by modeling what they want them to see.

She insisted that parents and guardians play a significant role in their children's behavior and life choices, emphasizing that children learn more quickly through observation.

"We as parents must brush twice a day if we want our children to brush twice a day. We must teach and demonstrate proper brushing techniques if we want them to use them. If we want them to eat tooth-friendly meals, we must go to great lengths to make them available. She emphasized that "good oral health for our children begins with us."

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