The Dental Services Department of the Ministry of Health observed Dental Health Awareness Week from Sept. 26 to 30, under the theme “Tomorrow’s smile is nurtured today!”
The week of activities focused on dental health literacy for the young people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Among activities undertaken by the staff of the department were visits to several preschools around the island, doing educational sessions on toothbrushing, nutrition and fun-facts on dental health with the pre-kindergarten students.
The highlight of the week’s activities was the Primary Schools Dental Health Quiz.
Fourth graders from 12 primary schools participated in two preliminary quiz rounds.
Making it to the final round of competition were: Layou Government School, Sion Hill Government School, Sugar Mill Academy and CW Prescod Primary School.
The CW Prescod Primary School, represented by J’naiyah Yearwood and Judah Abbott ,emerged the winners, having answered correctly all questions posed to them.
In second place was the duo from the Sugar Mill Academy, Alyssa Williams, and Catherine Sandy.
The Sion Hill Government School and the Layou Government School tied for third place.
The aim of the education sessions was to increase dental health literacy in young people of SVG, so that with time, and continued influence, there would be an overall improvement in dental health in the country.