The Gauteng Department of Health would like to remind the public, as the country observes the national Oral Health Month this September, to practice good oral hygiene in order to avoid mouth ailments such as cavities and gum diseases as they are ranked the world’s most common health problems. Additionally, gum disease has been linked to coronary heart disease, adverse pregnancy outcomes and diabetes.
The GDoH urges the public to make use of oral health services such as dental consultation and oral health education, dental extractions, fillings, scaling and cleanings that are offered at public health clinics and hospitals. In the last financial year (2020/2021) 320 000 patients have presented for facilities, over 300 000 for extractions, over 16 000 for filling, 3 565 for dentures, 2 479 for orthodontic treatment and 828 for implants.
Furthermore, the province is expanding specialized dental services to District Health Services to alleviate the high demand for specialized dental services at the Oral Health Centres (OHC) and Dental Schools as this will help with patient experience of care. An extended teaching platform for Wits Oral Health Centre is being built at Zola Community Health Centre as this will help bring the specialised services closer to the communities.