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Valencia City Celebrates 13th Oral Health Month

The City Government of Valencia through the City Health Office, in partnership with Bukidnon Provincial Health Office and Philippine Dental Association (PDA)-Bukidnon Chapter spearheaded the 13th National Dental Health Month with the theme "Ngiting Inalagaan at Pinagyaman, Hatid ay Ngiting Di Kukupas kailanman” on February 9, 2017 at Batangan Covered Court, Valencia City.

Dentists and dental assistants from the Bukidnon Provincial Office headed by Dr. Abelardo Rodrigo, Philippine Dental Association (PDA)-Bukidnon Chapter headed by Dr. Ruth Glenn M. Magallanes together with the Dental Section Personnel of the City Health Office led by Dr. Mitchel C. Braganza, Dentist II, helped implement the celebration with free dental services such as tooth cleaning, tooth sealant, temporary tooth fillings, tooth extractions and distribution of toothbrushes and toothpastes.

Dr. Mitchel C. Braganza, Dentist II of Valencia City Health Office led the simultaneous dental activities and helped spread dental health awareness to the young participants. "We need to educate the public especially our school children to value good oral health," Braganza said. He added that brushing our teeth thrice a day is also important to prevent tooth decay and other dental problems.

Dr. Marlyn V. Agbayani, City Health Officer, also encouraged the parents and guardians to guide their children on taking good care of their teeth. "It is important that parents should teach their children to properly brush their teeth and to have regular check up with the dentist," Dra. Agbayani added.

Brgy. Captain Era P. Salces of Barangay Batangan extended her gratitude and appreciation to the City Health Office, Bukidnon Provincial Health Office and the Philippine Dental Association (PDA)-Bukidnon Chapter, and all the people behind the program, and for choosing Barangay Batangan as the venue during the Oral Month Celebration.

Meanwhile, Hon. Policarpo P. Murillo IV, MD, SP Chair on Health, who represented the City Mayor Hon. Azucena P. Huervas, said that the City Government’s newly-acquired ambulant dental bus received at DOH Central Office is a customized air-conditioned bus, equipped with 2 dental chairs and instruments that can hasten the dental missions of the City Health Office in all of the 31 barangays of the City of Valencia.

A total of 250 dental kits consisting of a kiddie toothbrush and toothpaste were handed out to the children in Barangay Batangan.

The National Dental Health Month is celebrated every month of February, pursuant to Proclamation No. 559 issued in 2004.