The number of people participating in the National Tooth Brushing Day continues to increase by thousands every year.
At 10:30 this morning, 215,000 people right across Papua New Guinea participated in the National Tooth Brushing Day, that is an additional 55,000 people, compared to last year’s nationwide participation.
The day is a combined initiative of Colgate Palmolive and the Health Department to improve oral health for Papua New Guineans.
The celebration in Port Moresby was staged at Ted Diro Primary School.
The message emphasised throughout the event, was for children to adopt the healthy habit of brushing their teeth twice a day, every day.
National Tooth Brushing Day was first observed in 2012, and has increased its participation over the years.
Today, 369 schools took part, including 141 organisations.
Oral health is an important aspect of child development and parents are encouraged to ensure their children have clean and healthy teeth.
Statistics released by the World Health Organization reveals that tooth decay is common in children below the age of six.
With these high statistics, Colgate Palmolive, through its Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Campaign, is doing awareness in schools and other public forums to educate children on the importance of oral health.
Important tips for maintaining good oral health include using calcium fluoride toothpaste, changing your toothbrush every three months, and eating fruits.