Oral health is one aspect of health that I consider under-represented in the media and at the community level.
The overall health-seeking behaviour of Nigerians is poor, and even more so for oral health.
One time I mentioned to my sister that I was supposed to go to the dental clinic for a checkup, she scoffed, ‘Dental clinic? Who books an appointment with a dentist?‘
‘Doesn’t the pain go away after a while?‘ She added when I explained I was having a toothache and suspected I had a plague around the tooth.
Her response mirrors that of most persons which is a wrong one.