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41 dentistry offices run by Iloilo City will serve locals

The local government’s 41 dental clinics will start operating in full swing in the middle of this year.

“Our primary clinics are located at health centers, and we also offer dental clinics in designated barangays. Our daycare children visit these clinics in the barangays, according to a Thursday interview with Dr. Daishiela Valasote, director of the Iloilo City Dental Health Division.

Ten of the 41 clinics are housed in health centers, while the remaining 27 are scattered among the city’s densely populated, impoverished, and rural barangays.

We have modern dental facilities and equipment. When compared to the private setup, Iloilo City won’t be left behind, she stressed.

The barangay dental clinic will receive one day’s worth of service from the city’s 18 dentists, she noted.

In addition to doing preventive procedures like restoration and cleaning, applying fluoride varnish and sealants, and performing curative procedures like extraction, Valasote said.

All 180 daycare centers will need to be handled by the clinics by the end of the year, she said.

On Thursday, the local administration and the Department of Health Western Visayas Center for Health Development jointly unveiled the Sabayang Toothbrush campaign and the oral health mascots Dr. Toothie and Dr. Toothsie Belle. February is Oral Health Month.

Before 100 students in Grade 1 at the Iloilo Central Elementary School, dentists from the Iloilo City Health Office demonstrated how to properly brush their teeth.

In order for them to practice the right way till they are adults, Valasote stated that it is best to teach them the right way when they are small.

This raises public knowledge of oral health issues and wellness, particularly among children and the entire population. Our top aim is boosting dental care services by the city health office, she said.

According to Valasote, most kids have dental caries as a result of improper toothbrushing habits and inadequate parental follow-up.

She said that over 98 percent of kids nationwide have dental caries, while that number is only about 85 percent in Iloilo.

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