Qatar will announce the National Oral Health Strategy soon, disclosed an official from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) on Tuesday.
“The National Oral Health Strategy is part of the National Health Strategy 2018-2022 which was launched recently during the Middle East Forum on Quality and Safety,” Dr Najat al-Sayed, senior dentistry consultant and chairman of Orthodontics, HMC, explained at a press conference.
The objective is to reduce dental diseases and increase awareness on various healthy dental practices. According to Dr al-Sayed, about 85,000 patients received care at HMC's dental clinics in 2017, undergoing a number of specialised services including periodontal care and implants, orthodontic services, prosthodontic procedures, oral surgery, and endodontic and restorative treatments.
“There were around 67,000 visits to the Hamad Dental Center in Rumailah Hospital. It also included 19,000 visits for orthodontics, 10,000 visits for endodontics, 17,000 visits for prosthodontics, 7,000 visits for periodontics and implant,” explained Dr al-Sayed.
"The Al Khor Dental Branch had 1,750 visits, Al Wakra Dental Branch had 10,300 visits and the Cuban Hospital had 5,600 visits,” she continued.
Dr Abdulmueen al-Qahtani, consultant and co-ordinator of Orthodontic Section, said it is important to educate the people on the way they brush their teeth. “A circular way of brushing the teeth from top to bottom is the best method. A medium type of brush is the best one to be used,” he explained.
Each year thousands of patients benefit from specialised dental care provided by HMC’s Dental Health Service, including patients who require special needs dentistry and paediatric dentistry.
HMC’s Dental Health Service provides specialist dental care, specifically acute care that should be delivered in a hospital setting and is often not available elsewhere in the country. Hospital-based dentistry plays an important role in the delivery of oral healthcare, particularly for patients with special needs.
The importance of dentistry and good oral health practices was highlighted during this year’s World Oral Health Day celebrations. To mark the occasion, on March 20, the health sector-led National Oral Health Committee hosted a number of educational activities across Qatar, including Doha’s Hamad Dental Center.
Dr al-Sayed, also said that oral health is multi-faceted and includes the ability to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, swallow, and convey a range of emotions through facial expressions with confidence.
“Brushing one’s teeth after each meal per day, flossing daily and consuming a healthy diet are simple things that can be done to protect oral health and overall well-being. It is also important to seek professional dental care as soon as an oral health problem arises,” Dr al- Sayed added.