Lagos targets world record for brushing teeth

The Lagos state government is planning to set a new world record by organising 300,000 students to brush their teeth simultaneously on the occasion of the 2012 World Oral Heath Day on 5 December.

The aim of the exercise, which organisers hope to have recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records, is to raise awareness of dental care among adolescents in Nigeria. The students participating in the initiative will be drawn from 300 schools around Lagos state and will make their record attempt at numerous locations across the state.

The state government said it believes that a preventive educational approach is more cost-effective than the traditional curative approach that is presently practiced in the state.

The government is expected to begin introducing a preventive dental care package in some of its primary health care centres in October.