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Good response to drill

Luke Rawalai
Friday, November 16, 2012

STUDENTS in Fiji are responding positively to the toothbrushing drills held in their respective schools aimed at ensuring a promising oral health.

Speaking to students of Waidamudamu Primary School in Macuata, Colgate-Palmolive (Fiji) Limited marketing manager Suma Molia said many students were observing the toothbrushing drills after lunch hour in their schools.

Ms Molia said children should begin brushing at the age of five as soon as they had their first set of teeth fully visible.

"The practice in most homes around the country is for children to start their brushing training when they start kindergarten or Class One for that matter which is too late as dental decay sets in," said Ms Molia

"The trick to having an effective toothbrushing session is to have a soft bristled toothbrush which will not damage the gums of the individual and to have a fluoride-based toothpaste which is the magic ingredient that guards the teeth against plaque and tartar."