A HEALTHY mouth with strong beautiful teeth results in happy and productive citizens.
These were the words of Acting Commissioner Northern Alipate Bolalevu while officiating at the National Oral Health Week celebrations in Savusavu on Friday.
Mr Bolalevu said having such teeth meant people were healthy and well.
"There is a saying that goes, 'mouth and teeth are the windows to your soul' and so when someone smiles to you, you smile back and if you don't smile back to a smiling person, it can mean you are unhealthy or unwell," he said.
"The theme for this celebration basically emphasises the importance of your teeth which sparkles when you smile.
"Good oral health is all about our lifestyle, how we take care of our teeth, our lives and the choices we make."
Mr Bolalevu said there was a need for the community to work together in order to improve our oral health and overall wellbeing.
"Let's maintain good oral health and let's keep the North a healthy place for our children to play, learn and be productive citizens of."
Acting Divisional Dental Officer Northern Dr Nadeem Sattar said the Ministry of Health was committed to improving health services to people of Fiji.
The theme for the celebration is "Your Smile Matters".