Kenyans to receive free dental check-ups in October


Colgate-Palmolive is partnering with the Kenyan Dental Association for Oral Health Month in October, as part of the ongoing platform of dental check-ups to facilitating better oral health. Colgate is extending its reach by offering Kenyans FREE dental check-ups at Githurai and Kawangare open market areas, 10 selected Naivas stores and a mobile dental van that will visit various primary and secondary schools around Nairobi, Mombasa and Machakos counties.

This year’s theme is “Keep Kenya Smiling” and Colgate aims to encourage Kenyans to brush their teeth twice a day because everyone deserves a future to smile about.

“Based on the latest data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) , there is approximately 1 dentist per 42,000*1 Kenyans, meaning many Kenyan consumers have not had an experience with a dentist, says Cheslin Twigg, Professional Relations Manager at Colgate-Palmolive East West Africa. “Those who do, visit the dentist when problems arise instead of as a means to get professional check-ups and advice before a problem occurs. Taking care of your teeth and gums is critical, it’s never too late to start focusing on your oral health and making those small changes in improving your oral hygiene.”

Some of the tips which will be shared with the public throughout the campaign include:

  1.  Humans have only two sets of t nmeeth in their entire lifetime—baby teeth and permanent teeth. Once you have your permanent teeth, make sure you take good care of them.
  2. A healthy COLGATE smile starts with a good brushing, use mouthwash and dental floss.
  3. Brush together with your children. Remember, a little more time together can give you healthy smiles!
  4. Let your kids choose their own toothpaste and mouthwash.
  5. Something to keep in mind: You are never “too small to care for your teeth.”
  6. Children should have their first dental check after the first tooth emerges or before their first year.
  7. Did you know; Children can develop cavities as soon as their teeth start to come.
  8. You should visit your dentist for a cleaning and check-up twice a year.

“Oral care is a lifetime commitment and requires effort, by taking the above mentioned tips into consideration and including them into your daily oral routines, you can reduce your chances of getting oral diseases, says BV Ramana, General Manager at Colgate-Palmolive East Africa Ltd. At Colgate we are committed in driving the message and ensuring Kenyans have access to the right information and tools to ensure they are on their journey to better and informed decisions when it comes to their oral health.”

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