The Lagos State Government has said it is set to set a new World Record by attempting a Tooth-brushing competition.
This is just as this year’s World Health Oral Day is set to hold on Wednesday.
Special Adviser to the governor on Public Health Dr. Yewande Adeshina, said during a press conference on Sunday that to achieve this new record, the state was targeting about 300,000 participants, basically pupils in primary and secondary schools in the state to enable it to surpass the current record breakers, India who holds the record with 170,000 persons brushing their teeth simultaneously.
National President of the Nigeria Dental Association, Dr. Rotimi Olojede, said there was on need for people to take good care of their teeth since it was the gateway to the body.
He explained that the World Health Oral Day provides a platform for stakeholders to brainstorm on and find solution to challenges faced by people with teeth problems.
Project Head of the World Record Tooth Brushing challenge, Dr Bakare Lawal, said the World Toothbrushing challenge was designed and implemented by some young dental professionals with support from Lagos State Ministry of Health and the NDA.
He explained that 300,000 students, drawn from about 300 schools in the state, having not less than 1,000 students, had been identified by the Ministry of Education officials for the exercise.
“It is a school-based oral health intervention programme which will culminate in a world record attempt for the number of people teeth-brushing simultaneously at multiple locations,” Lawal said.
He explained that the world record could also do more such as acting as a central point to galvanise the attention of all stakeholders for oral health to focus on the nation’s lingering oral health challenges with the future in mind.
Bakare said the choice of adolescents in schools was informed by the belief that the adolescents are in a stage where new behaviours emerge and such behaviours may likely be taken into the adult life.