MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Dental Health Month is observed in February. This annual observance started in 1951 as National Dental Health Week but in February 24, 2004, it was expanded into a month-long celebration, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 559 signed by then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Led by the Philippine Dental Association, the observance aims to strengthen public awareness on the importance of the good oral health. It encourages dentists, students, relevant government agencies, and professional organizations to reach out to more people with no access to dental services, especially those who are in countryside.
With the theme “Ngipin Kayamanan, Pagkasira Huwag Hayaan, Dentistang Mapagkalinga Handa kang Gabayan,” this year’s celebration on February 2-28, 2011 opened with the “Alay Parada,” a colorful-parade at the Quirino Grandstand participated by the various chapters and affiliates of the Philippine Dental Association and dental colleges. There were also street dancing and a hip-hop dancing competition. All chapters and affiliates will be engaged in Community Outreach Programs, Senior Citizen Programs, and Cleft Lip/Palate Operations during the month. Dates are assigned for Adopt an Orphanage programs and blood donations. Other activities include consultation hour, Healthy Smile contest, poster making contest, lectures, and free dental check up.