By Joeylen A. Dela Cruz
“Ngiting Matatamis, Ngiping Malinis, Dala ay Pag-asa, Tunay na Ligaya.”
Thus, was the theme for the celebration of the 8th National Dental Health Month.
Last January 24, a room to room distribution of Dental Bulletin, the official dental health magazine of Negros Oriental State University, and giving of dental health cleaning aids were initiated by the university dental clinic. And on the 25th, dental services were offered such as tooth extraction and tooth cleaning.
Meanwhile, as an early training to some pre-Doctor of Dental Medicine students (pre-DDM), they were assigned to perform dental cleaning operations on patients. While a number of Associate in Medical Dental Nursing Assistant students together with some faculty members were able to help in the overall facilitation.
Aside from those offered services, there were also dental health related activities that was set for the Norsunians to enjoy such “Libreng Posteso Program” and Mister and Miss Perfect Smile 2012.
Marites Electona, the university dentist who was the person-in-charge of the event, expressed her gratitude to all the Norsunians who have cooperated. She said that if possible, everyone should participate whenever these kinds of activities are held because aside from it is free; it has also a lot of benefits.
She continued that Norsunians should also undergo regular dental check-ups for them to be aware with their dental health condition.
“It was a day of fun and experience. Besides, it was overwhelming to hear those countless thank you’s of the patients after a back-breaking session on tooth cleaning”, pre-DDM student Erwin John Elmido shared. Aside from that, he also expressed his infinite gratitude to the dentists who took part of the activity.
Ched Charmaine Aguilar, a freshman Bachelor of Science in Business Administration student, who availed the tooth extraction service, shared that she was so happy since she will no longer suffer from painful toothaches.
Aguilar was seconded by Caryll Mae Oracion, a freshman Bachelor of Science in Accountancy student saying that she can now eat well without any hesitation. However, she deeply stressed that she will be very careful in choosing the food to eat.
The said affair is an annual celebration usually held during the months of January and February.