Oral Health Awareness Week at Dubai Women’s College

Published March 18th, 2010 - 09:37 GMT
Dubai Women’s College (DWC) organized an Oral Health Awareness Week from 14-18 March 2010. During the week, lectures, oral assessments, and fun activities were organized for all students and staff. The campaign aimed at promoting healthy lifestyle and oral hygiene among DWC’s community. 
The awareness week opened with a presentation on” The 4 Essentials to a Healthy Smile” by DWC Year II Dental Assistant students. The event also hosted three guest speakers - Mr. Ihab El labban from Crest and Oral-B, Mr. Rizwan Wasi and Ms. Rula Shaker from Johnson and Johnson. The topics discussed at the sessions held by the speakers included: Practicing good oral health habits; Smoking – a serial killer; and Mouth Rinsing – a necessity for good oral hygiene. In addition, a free oral health assessment was conducted at the end of each day by Dr. Sanoop George and his team.
Oral Health Awareness Week is organized annually by DWC’s Dental Assistant Students in an attempt to maximize their exposure and knowledge to oral health issues necessary to maintain good oral health. Dr. Sanoop George, DWC’s Dental Faculty said “We believe in promoting healthy lifestyle among our students and provide them with the best academic and professional training. A smile is the light in the window of your face, and for that you need to have a good oral hygiene. Oral health is just as important as getting a regular physical examination. It's not just about getting a cavity filled, it's about the overall health of the individual.”
Most of the students added that they enjoyed the experience of sharing valuable health tips with their friends, and that it was exciting to get firsthand experience with dentistry. They also mentioned that these campaigns help most of their friends to lose the fear of dentistry. Dalal Al-Dhabyani a dental nursing student commented that working in the dental clinic was an eye opener which made her realize how many of her friends have dental issues. Working in the dental lab also allowed her to put theory which she learnt in class into practice.
DWC is a pioneer in health-conscious education as it offers healthy food in the campus cafeteria, thus doing its part to combat diabetes and obesity in UAE. Moreover, DWC is the first in the HCT system to design a world-class Fitness Center with 1,200 students participating weekly in physical education classes. 

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