More than 6 out of 10 people in Ghana (66%) have never visited a dentist due to lack of access. Lack of professional care means oral problems often go untreated, resulting in worsening conditions, pain, and other health issues.
In Ghana, 1 in 4 people over the age of 5 have untreated caries on permanent teeth and 4 out of 6 lose all their teeth by age 65.
In light of this, Smile Aloud Foundation has sensitise with Adako Jachie M/A Primary School to mark World Oral Health Day 2023 and to encourage people to take the first step to improve their oral health with a free Teledental consultation.
Speaking to Akoma News ,the Executive director of Smile Aloud Foundation, Mr. Opoku Nti Reinhard said, In Ghana, there are about 570 dentists currently serving the needs of 33 million population which implies a ratio of 1 dentist to 58,400 people. Out of about 298 public hospitals and polyclinics, there are only 84 dental facilities in the country.
Of these, only 54 clinics have equipment in reasonably good condition. The rest are in various states of disrepair.
Given this severe lack of access, millions of people have never been to a dentist. This means that oral health problems often go untreated.
“There is an adverse economic impact as this results in people missing work due to pain and discomfort.”
He then urged Ghanaians to take their oral health seriously to avoid losing their teeth at their late ages.
Some tutors and students at Adako Jachie M/A primary also welcomed the education and promised to put it into practice.