• 4/14/2016
    More than 9000 people visited the Hamad Dental Center’s events at Souq Waqif to celebrate World Oral Health Day and GCC Oral Health Week 2016, with many taking the chance to have free dental exams.

    Using the message – Six Minutes a Day Prevents Tooth Decay- the team of 25 dentists and 40 dental assistants also handed out more than 9000 dental hygiene kits containing toothbrushes, toothpaste and other items were also handed out between 20 and 27 March.

    “Visitors were able to avail themselves of free dental exams by Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) highly trained clinical teams provide free dental exams and they were also able to learn about the importance of oral health and how it impacts their overall health,” said Dr. Mohammed Sultan Al-Darwish, Consultant in Dental Public Health at HMC and President of Qatar Dental Society and in-charge of organizing this event.

    Dr. Al-Darwish added: “The event was an unprecedented success and reached many members of the community, furthermore, this event was part of our continuous efforts to raise awareness about the importance of oral health and its impact on overall health,” he said. “Because of its success, we are planning similar events across the country in the future.”

    World Oral Health Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of oral health to a person’s general well-being and quality of life. Good oral care, including proper oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups, can also help avoid other health problems by keeping harmful bacteria under control. Poor oral health has been shown to contribute to the development of many diseases, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

    Students from schools around the country also attended the event during the week. About 85 percent of school children in Qatar experience tooth decay and other oral health problems, according to research conducted by the Hamad Dental Center team in 2014.

    Professor Johan de Vries, Chairman of the Department of Dentistry at HMC said: "Our motto this year was ‘Six Minutes a Day Prevents Tooth Decay’. It takes just two minutes to brush your teeth effectively and, assuming you brush three times a day, that’s just six minutes of your day required to clean your teeth and maintain good oral health.”

    Dr. Najat Al Sayed, Senior Consultant and Head of HMC’s Orthodontics Section said “evidence suggests that regular dental care and periodic examinations can prevent mouth disease”.

    Statistics from the International Dental Federation indicates that 90 per cent of the world's population will suffer from oral diseases and problems at some point in their lives, Dr. Al Sayed said. “This is especially true in Qatar. Educational programs and events such as this help embed the culture of dental hygiene in the community.”