According to the Oral Health Professional Association of Ghana (OHPAG), fifty percent of the world’s population is affected by oral health diseases. In Ghana, this statistic holds true, as one out of every two individuals is afflicted with oral health issues, placing almost every Ghanaian at risk.

Shaibu Issifu, the President of the Association, disclosed these findings in an interview with Onua News ahead of World Oral Health Day, observed annually on March 20th.

The theme for this year’s World Oral Health Day is ‘A Happy Mouth Is A Happy Body.’

As part of the activities commemorating this event, there will be a health walk along the Ayi Mensah-to-Aburi road on Saturday, March 16th, aimed at raising awareness about oral health.

Additionally, a stakeholders consultative meeting on oral health is scheduled to take place, providing a platform for discussions and collaborations in improving oral health initiatives.

Furthermore, on Wednesday, March 20th, there will be a visit to the Nsawam Medium Security Prisons to educate and provide support to inmates regarding oral health. This includes distributing oral health products to aid in their oral hygiene practices.

Mr. Issifu explained that the Oral Health Professional Association of Ghana (OHPAG) selected Nsawam Prisons as a focal point for their outreach because it is a setting where everyone is vulnerable. If inmates are not educated about the importance of maintaining good oral health, they may transmit diseases to others upon their release.

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He emphasized the importance of oral health by highlighting the mouth as the gateway to the body. Any issues affecting oral health consequently impact the overall well-being of an individual.

Mr. Issifu elaborated on the significant impact of oral health on overall well-being, emphasizing that oral diseases can affect various parts of the body. He stressed the importance of practicing good oral hygiene to mitigate these risks.

For instance, he highlighted that toothaches can lead to complications such as heartburn, dementia, and heart failure. Additionally, mouth infections pose significant dangers to pregnant women, potentially resulting in miscarriages or other complications that could lead to the loss of a baby.

His statements underscore the interconnectedness of oral health with overall health and the critical importance of preventive measures and proper oral hygiene practices.

“Mouth diseases can have severe consequences, including termination of pregnancy, premature delivery, and impacts on the lungs and heart,” Mr. Issifu further emphasized.

He highlighted the importance of regular dental check-ups, as many diseases can be detected through oral examinations. “We can identify conditions such as HIV/AIDS, high blood pressure, anemia, and jaundice, among others, through oral screenings,” he stated.

His remarks underscore the critical role of dental care in both oral and overall health, emphasizing the potential for early detection and prevention of various health conditions through routine dental examinations.

 

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