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Oral Health Month Celebration 2020


The CRMC Dental Department celebrated the National Oral Health Month (NOHM) with the theme “Ngiping Matibay, Ngiting Tagumpay”.  The month-long activities in February 2020 aimed to capture and influence the community in prioritizing their oral health care especially this millennia.

        The launching of NOHM at the same time the National Toothbrushing Day was held on February 3, 2020 at the CRMC Auditorium with selected employees of CRMC at 9:30 in the morning and was simultaneously conducted with the parallel activities of the Philippine Dental Association. The launching was streamed online via Facebook Live for the simultaneous nationwide activity of “sabayang pagsisipilyo”.  It was followed by a short program and presentation of the two entries of Mascot-Making Contest which were participated by some personnel who showcased their talents.  

        The dental awareness and promotion were extended through the conduct of a lay forum on February 4, 2020 at the OPD-Triage Area with 200 participants including 39 guardians and 80 patients from the Pediatric wards and the Ob-gyne wards.  Personnel from the Dental Department conducted lectures on oral health care, demonstrated tooth brushing technique with return demonstration, distributed tooth brush, toothpaste, towels, soaps and snacks.

        On the first week of February, one dentist had rotational duty for free oral examination and consultation at the installed Tooth Booth at the main building of hospital that is accessible to passer by watchers and employees.  This was an opportunity to invite individuals who are afraid or who cannot visit dental clinics.  There were 31 willing patients who were given tooth brush and toothpaste.  They have been checked and advised as to their oral or dental health condition. 

        The dental team also tapped the Diabetic Club of CRMC for free oral examination and consultation since diabetic patients are often prohibited for any dental treatment specially tooth extraction.  They were advised to seek medical clearance prior to dental treatment. This activity was participated by 23 patients on February 14, 2020.  They also received toothpaste, tooth brush, towels, soaps, and snacks.

        The Dental Department also conducted an outreach program on February 11, 2020 at San Pablo Day Care Center, Center for handicapped, and on February 18, 2020 at Mandanas Elementary School with 137 pupils, 67 students, and 100 (kinder and grade one) pupils and staffs, respectively.  The recipients were given lecture on oral health with video presentation and tooth brushing technique with return demonstration, toothpaste, tooth brush, soap, towels, and snacks.  They were examined and fluoride treatment were given to 19 zero cavity patients in the dental bus.  This activity aimed to educate preschoolers on taking care of their oral cavity at an early age and taking this great chance to deliver oral health awareness and promotion to PWDs who are visually and auditory incapacitated.  But initiatives of the department were reinforced by social workers assigned by providing interpretation to them through sign language and letting them touch and hold the tooth / oral cavity model and tooth brush while teaching them the proper way to brush their teeth.  Presentation of Mascot was later introduced for a little entertainment. 

There was also a zumba activity attended by 199 CRMC employees, and the announcement and awarding of Mascot-Making Contest winners on the culmination program held on February 28, 2020 at the CRMC Canopy.  It was indeed a success for this year’s Oral Health Month celebration.

Oral Health Month Layforum on Oral Awareness at OPD Traige, Cotabato City February 3, 2020

Oral Health Month Out-reach Program February 11, 2020

Oral Health Month Out-Reach Program @Mandanas February 18, 2020


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Ishmael R. Dimaren, MD, MHA, FPCS, FPSGS, FPSCRS

Ishmael R. Dimaren, MD, MHA, FPCS, FPSGS, FPSCRS
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