National Dental Health Month

The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement in 2010 NATIONAL DENTAL HEALTH MONTH

July 2010 is proclaimed as National Dental Health Month with the signing of memorandum of agreement between PB and AFDOKGI PDGI (Association of Faculty of Dentistry, Indonesia) and PT Unilever on June 24, 2010. Planned at the National Dental Health Month 2010 will be made of dental health education through public service ads that aired in various media. In public service ads were presented recommendations for preventing early tooth decay and the need for regular dental check six months. Also held a free dental services in collaboration with AFDOKGI held at 13 Faculty of Dentistry, and will also be implemented together with branches in several regions PDGI scattered in various parts of Indonesia. Dental health services provided to the community includes dental examinations and treatments such as simple fillings that do not involve the nervous dental care, without the complications of removal of deciduous teeth or permanent teeth, tartar cleaning, cavity prevention treatment with fluoride or fissure sealant application. Schedule a free dental health services in 13 dental faculty are:

Univ. Gajah Mada University, Yogyakarta: June 30 – July 2, 2010

Univ.Muhammadiyah, Yogyakarta: 12-14 July 2010

Univ.Prof.Dr.Moestopo (Religion), Jakarta: 5-7 July 2010

Univ. Trisakti: 21-23 July 2010 (be sure to be there ;D)

Univ. Indonesia, Jakarta: 7-9 July 2010

Univ. Padjadjaran, Bandung: 15-17 July 2010

Univ. Jember, Jember: 26-28 July 2010

Univ. Airlangga, Surabaya: 19-21 July 2010

Univ.Mahasaraswati, Bali: 26-28 July 2010

Univ. Baiturrahmah, Kildare: 19-21 July 2010

Univ. North Sumatra, Medan: 29-31 July 2010

Univ. Hasanuddin, Makassar: 29 to 31 July 2010.

AFDOKGI Chairman, Prof Ismet Danial Nasution, drg, PhD, SpPros (K) describes these activities will involve academics from the Faculty of Dentistry, both lecturers and students. Through the National Dental Health Month 2010 is expected to increase public awareness to improve people’s dental health and prevent dental disease, and also began to examine themselves regularly to the medical service facility dental health. “We hope this event will grow a love for dentistry students to maintain, not only to treat dental problems. In addition, this opportunity could be used to introduce the dental service was friendly and not frightening,” said drg.Zaura Anggraeni, MDS, Chairman PDGI. It is expected that the whole society to participate in the National Dental Health Month 2010 in order to improve the quality of the Indonesian community dental health for a better life.

The signing of this memorandum of understanding with dental health problems do remember that quite a concern in Indonesia can not be solved without cooperation between all parties. Results Health Research Association in 2007, dental caries was suffered by 72.1% of Indonesian population, and in the last 12 months were 23.4% of Indonesian people complained of problems with teeth and mouth. Of these, only 29.6% who sought help and received treatment from health workers. This indicates the low level of community awareness and utilization rate of medical services dental health. Still according to this research, 91.1% of Indonesian people aged above 10 years, despite already brushed my teeth every day, but only by 7.3% which has been brushing your teeth correctly, in the morning after breakfast and at night before bed. Meanwhile, according to a study of Unilever in 2007, there were only 5.5% of Indonesian society that healthy teeth are regularly checked to the dentist. “Still the poor quality of dental health of Indonesian society must concern us all. From the tooth is damaged, only one percent of the treated, the remaining approximately 25 percent are still in a state with holes, and over 75 percent of teeth or no hole is left to rot or receive care that should be revoked because it was too severe. This situation is still the lack of reflection on dental health services that can be accessed by the public. Therefore, will be very important and pressing for more direct efforts to prevent damage and maintain healthy teeth stay healthy. This is much more effective and efficient in reducing the number disease and burdens arising from the teeth and mouth disease is not treated. Therefore, the teeth and mouth disease does not heal itself. If allowed, the cost is getting more expensive, “drg Zaura Anggraeni as the head of the PB MDS PDGI more disclose information.

Based on this fact, PDGI and AFDOKGI collaboration with Unilever entered into an agreement for the implementation of the National Dental Health Month in 2010, with support by Primary Medical Care Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia, in order to continue to make a commitment and a real effort to educate and introduce the dental service at wider community.

This activity is a form of further development of the social mission of Unilever’s Pepsodent toothpaste produced in collaboration with PDGI since 1995 has made educating the public, including to children, parents and teachers through the school dental health program. According Hernie Raharja, Marketing Manager of PT Unilever Oral Care, until late last year, this close cooperation, have succeeded in reaching more than 3.8 million primary school age children which includes approximately 9900 schools in 45 cities across Indonesia.

CONSOLIDATED Health Research Association in 2007 revealed 72.1% of Indonesian population suffer from dental caries, but only 29.6% who sought help and received treatment from health workers. In addition, the results of PT Unilever Indonesia internal research found that only 5.5% of Indonesian people who check dental health on a regular basis (every six months) to the dentist.

Therefore, to increase public awareness of dental and oral health, PT Unilever Indonesia in cooperation with the Indonesian Dentists Association (PDGI) and the Association of Faculty of Dentistry, Indonesia (AFDOKGI) held a National Dental Health Month (1 to 31 July 2010). These activities include education and provision of free dental examination facilities in 13 Dental and Oral Hospital, Faculty of Dentistry in several cities in Indonesia. Namely Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Padang, Jember, Bali, Makassar, and Medan.

“Regular checks can help find early symptoms of dental disease at an early stage so that it can be overcome at a cost that is not too expensive. The sooner, the less expensive,” said Chairman PDGI Zaura Anggraeni. (* / S-4)