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Free dental sealants for children on World Oral Health Day

Friday, March 17, 2017    

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Members of the Jamaica Dental Association will on Monday apply fissure sealants to the teeth of underprivileged children at 180 locations across the island, free of cost.

The group said in a release yesterday that it will be targeting children in primary schools and children’s homes on March 20, which is also being observed as World Oral Health Day, in support of the National Sealant Programme announced by Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton at the association’s National Dental Convention in February.

The association said that fissure sealant is a protective coating, which is applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth to seal out bacteria and prevent tooth decay.

World Oral Health Day is observed globally every year, on March 20, to highlight the importance of oral health for the healthy body. The International Dental Federation member dental associations and partners across the world, join in organising activities, such as public talks, runs and screenings, in an attempt to make a positive difference for oral health on that day.


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