Cosili East, Bangued is the first barangay in the Philippines recognized by the Philippine Dental Association to implement less sugar intake of children through a Barangay Executive Order 23.
To prevent oral illnesses among children, Cosili East Brgy. Captain Elvira B. Baay released EO 23 to implement measures to lessen sugar intake of children and prohibit stores to sell soft drinks and other sweetened beverages and food. Violators will be fined with P200 and two days community service in the barangay.
Cosili East, Bangued is one of the pilot areas of the Tahanang Sentrong Pangkalugusan (Dental Home) project of the Abra Dental Chapter promoting oral health awareness.
On November 7, 2019, 45 children, 0-5 years old, were provided with fluoride cavity varnish at the Barangay Health Center as part of the project. The parents along with their children were also oriented on the proper toothbrushing and handwashing techniques.
The barangay has installed hand washing facility in support to the project.
Abra Dental Chapter President Dr. Ma. Auditha F. Dickson said good oral hygiene is important to learn at a young age. “They will enjoy fresh breath and retain strong teeth until old age. The less intake of sugar, especially of soft drinks, will not only prevent tooth and gum diseases but also diabetes.”
“Visiting the dentist twice a year is also advisable to detect any mouth diseases and give proper treatment. It is a good way to maintain oral health,” she added.