The Ministry of Health is committed to working together with relevant stakeholders to strengthen all oral health programmes and activities conducted in the country. This was voiced by the Minister of Health in a message in on the occasion of the World Oral Health Day.
Reflecting on the theme of this year's celebration "Live MOUTH SMART" Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doktor Awang Haji Zulkarnain bin Haji Hanafi, the Minister of Health said the Ministry will continue to give its full support to the theme. This is because it strongly supports the Ministry's three strategic priorities that is to make health everyone's business, to enhance quality of service delivery, and to prevent and control non-communicable diseases.
Brunei Darussalam joined 130 other countries across the world to celebrate the World Oral Health Day (WOHD) yesterday. The Minister of Health stressed the theme reminds the people to prioritise lifelong dental care starting from early childhood until old age. Yang Berhormat said data obtained from the Dental Service Department, the Ministry of Health, indicated that on average a 5-year-old child has four decayed, missing or filled teeth while a 12-year-old child has one decayed, missing or filled tooth. The report from the Brunei Darussalam's Integrated Health Screening of Civil Servants 2007 to 2010 stated the high number of untreated tooth decay amongst adults aged 18 to 24 years old is 59 percent. Yang Berhormat stated that early prevention from getting tooth decay, gum disease and certain oral cancers can be done by avoiding the risk factors which include unhealthy diet of sugary food and drinks, smoking and drinking alcohol.