Ikorodu Oral Hygiene Project

Our teeth are some of the most important tools in our body. Not only are they useful for biting, cutting, chewing and grinding food items, but are also important for the proper articulation of speech and for showing our happiness to the world, through smiles.
Therefore, it bears repeating, as many times as possible, that the teeth should be properly maintained to avoid decay and other ailments like aches and cavities.

The above is the summary of the message the One African Child Foundation, in partnership with Love Out Loud Africa, took to the city of Ikorodu on Saturday, the 23rd of July, 2016, in a programme tagged: The Oral Hygiene Project. The project which was held at Butterfly Estate, Agric, Ikorodu, Lagos, had about 35 children, between the ages of 4 and 13, in attendance.

The Programme featured talks on general hygiene and dental hygiene. There were also video shows on the proper way to brush and the need to maintain good hygiene, games, question and answer session, evaluation, presentation of gifts and photographs. The different sessions were facilitated by volunteers with the training manual developed by Love Out Loud Africa.

The talk on Dental Hygiene explained to the children the need to keep their teeth in good condition by brushing regularly and avoiding excessive intake of foods that could damage them. The different types of teeth (molars, premolars, incisors and canines) and their functions were explained to the children. The talk on General Hygiene, on the other hand, encouraged the children to maintain good personal hygiene by washing their hands and having their baths regularly. They were also encouraged to be good ambassadors of their environments by disposing dirt properly and picking up those left behind by others, when they can.

To further drive home the points elucidated in the talk, there were video shows on how to properly take care of the teeth. Afterwards, there was a quiz competition which served as an energizer for the children.

The programme ended with the distribution of toothpastes and toothbrushes to the children and an evaluation of the programme. In the course of the evaluation, many of the children expressed feelings of joy at being participants in the programme. Isibor Blessing said she learnt a lot about personal hygiene and how important it is to take good care of oneself. Emmanuel Nwachukwu said he enjoyed the game on States and Capitals and he learnt the importance of keeping the environment clean. When asked to state what they will do differently henceforth, Zakari Jemilat said she will try to pass on the knowledge she acquired to other children while Obidike Blessing said she will encourage her parents to take her to see a dentist.

The Dental Hygiene Project which the One African Chid Organization organized with financial support from Love out Loud Africa, is another step towards the actualization of both organizations’ dreams to see healthy and empowered African children who will be at the vanguard in the quest to raise Africa to greater heights.

One African Child and Love out Loud Africa thank the many volunteers who, through their devotion and labour of love, made the event a success. Volunteers everywhere are encouraged to keep shining the light in their different domains by being proactive in solving societal challenges.