For a cavity free future For a cavity free future

For a cavity free future

Special 2 June, 2017 Isabel Vallejo

According to the World Health Organization, this is a very common disease all throughout the world.

Medical advisor Andrea Ximena Díaz- Clinical Dentistry Auditor, National Center for Authorizations Coomeva Oral Health Private Healthcare

Between 60% and 80% of school-age children throughout the world have cavities. The Ministry of Health and Social Protection in Colombia conducted a National Oral Health Study between 2013 and 2014, which found that this disease was rising among children under age five; about 60% of this age group in the study had already had a cavity.

This common condition can be prevented and controlled, but if people have poor oral health practices and poor diets, their lifestyles can have a negative influence. Coomeva Oral Health Private Healthcare is dedicated to making education and prevention efforts, committing itself to the wellbeing of its users, the future of its youth and the community in general.

This is why Coomeva Oral Health Private Healthcare decided to partner with the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future, a worldwide initiative that unites leaders in dentistry and in public health in order for all children to be born into an environment that allows them, their families and their caretakers to effectively control dental cavities by the year 2026. In Colombia, this alliance is led by the main authorities on dentistry, the municipal secretaries on healthcare and by private companies and has representation in four regions: Valle, Cundinamarca, Antioquia and the Eje Cafetero (known as the “Coffee Region”).

Coomeva Oral Health Private Healthcare is an active participant in the Valle region together with the Municipal Secretary of Health, Colgate, the University of el Valle, ESE Ladera (a state-owned social enterprise), and the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Academy of Pediatrics. This year, with Coomeva’s participation in the alliance, we seek to reach out to other healthcare organizations as well as other regions in the country in order to expand this project’s coverage.

In Valle

By uniting efforts and dedication, in 2016, two large social events took place in this region:

The first event occurred in April and was attended by 800 children between ages 5 and 12 in the educational institutes of comunas 18 and 20. Children learned about oral hygiene self-care and about hand washing, played learning games, were given snacks, learned how to brush properly, were given tooth-brushing kits and were administered fluoride treatments.

The second event was held in October and was titled “The Toothbrush Marathon”. The city’s schools were invited to brush their teeth simultaneously along with other regions included in the alliance, amounting to the participation of 125,000 children throughout the country and 65,000 children in Cali. The objective of this event was to create awareness among school-age children about the importance of brushing your teeth correctly at least once a day.