ISLAMABAD, Mar 19 (APP):President Dr Arif Alvi Tuesday emphasized the importance of brushing the teeth many times a day to prevent bacterial infections and dental diseases like Pyoria.
The president, on the eve of the World Oral Health Day, highlighted that Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him) also called for cleanliness. “Keeping one’s teeth clean is Sunnah-i-Nabvi,” he said in a press release issued by the President’s Secretariat.
The World Oral Health Day is celebrated on March 20, each year as a reminder of the fact that good dental health guaranteed good general health, he added.
The president, a distinguished prosthodontist and orthodontist, has formerly served on numerous FDI (Federation Dentaire Internationale) committees and as a member of FDI council from 2007-13. As a member of FDI Council, Dr Alvi played a leading role in instituting March 20, as the World Oral Health Day.
“Today, World Oral Health Day is the largest global awareness campaign of its kind, as it reaches out to the public, professionals, and policymakers, who all have a role to play in reducing the global burden of oral disease,” he said.
The President reiterated that, as a proponent of a holistic approach to health, he considered oral health as an integral element of overall health and stressed upon the promotion of preventive care for optimal oral health.
He said that a dollar spent in prevention saved a hundred in curative care. The president also expressed his desire “to establish oral health as a national priority.”
“We must improve the oral health of the people of Pakistan. That cannot happen only by curative dentistry, it has to be prevention at a massive scale.”