Your mouth is your gateway to health

2017-04-13 06:01
=The oral health team of (from left) Sinah Mbombi, Boitumelo Muleya (Oral Hygienist) and Ruqeya Jalill during one of their visits to promote oral health.                                                                                Photo:SUPPLIED

=The oral health team of (from left) Sinah Mbombi, Boitumelo Muleya (Oral Hygienist) and Ruqeya Jalill during one of their visits to promote oral health. Photo:SUPPLIED

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

The mouth is the gateway to all other health systems. Therefore it is imperative to be aware about oral health and how to care for your mouth.

Oral Hygienist Boitumelo Muleya said research studies have shown that habits introduced at a younger age tend to last longer than those developed at a later stage.

This is one of the reasons why Dr SJ Singh’s Dental Surgery in Uitenhage conducts oral health promotions at local schools and crèches.

“Our aim is to promote good oral health behaviour to help kids keep their teeth at a later stage,” said Dr SJ Singh.

“We do school visits to inform kids how to take care of their mouths which alleviates problems such as bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease, which are all factors that can affect one’s self image.

A team of Dr SJ Singh’s Dental Surgery recently visited Junior Einsteins day care centre, which was established two years ago by Cindy Rayners.

“The kids were educated on how and when to brush their teeth and on the foods that are bad for their teeth and those that are good,” said Dr Singh.

It’s always rewarding to hear the kids recite back what they were taught and kids always tell their parents what they have learnt at school which means that their oral health promotions are reaching a larger audience.

“We pride ourselves in promoting oral health in a society where it takes last priority. Even though we are a private practice, we visit and promote oral health in schools and crèches free of charge, as a way of giving back to the community,” said Dr Singh.

  • Schools or crèches wishing for the dental team to visit them to promote oral health may contact 041 922 8549 during office hours.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.