Choice Dental, a digital dental clinic with state-of-the-art equipment has opened at GRA Ikeja, Lagos with services focusing on preventive dental care. “Our preventive dentistry includes comprehensive dental examination, digital X-rays, sealant, oral cancer screening, Dental Cleaning” said Dr. Sade Akiode Managing Dentist, Choice Dental at the opening ceremony on Sunday.
Dr. Akiode who had over 20 years successful dental practice in Los Angeles, California said she decided to come back to Nigeria in 2011 to avail Nigerians the same world class dental care that her patients in the United State are enjoying and reduce the incidence of Nigerians travelling abroad for medical tourism. “We have since set up a thriving dental clinic at Karimu Kotun, Victoria Island Lagos with Ikeja branch being our second in Lagos and Nigeria,” said Akiode.
Choice Dental Ikeja has nine operating suites made up of the general section, VIP and Children’s sections. Operated by well trained dentists, radiographers and other ancillary dental staff, Choice Dental is able to offer a wide range of other services in addition to preventive dentistry. These are Cosmetic Dentistry which includes teeth whitening, splinting, smile makeover; General Dentistry such as white fillings, root canal therapy, dentures, extractions, children’s dentistry, dental Implants, among others.
Dr. Akiode explained that Choice Dental also offers specialised services such as full mouth reconstruction, oral surgery, Laser Surgery, orthodontics, Invalign in the Ikeja facility. She decried the global and local attention on such diseases like malaria, HIV AIDS, COVID-19 to the neglect of Dental disease conditions which she said can lead to other ailments such as erectile dysfunction, Cardiovascular diseases and even death in some cases.
Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, Chairman of the Board of Choice Dental called for attitudinal change among Nigerians by going for regular dental check up instead of waiting until they have toothache or pain in the mouth before going to see a dentist. Dr. Ndukwe said Choice Dental is well positioned to serve the residents of Lagos Mainland and its environs.
The World Oral Health Day 2022 which was celebrated on March 20, had as its theme: SMILE BE PROUD OF YOUR TEETH. The Global Burden of Disease study 2019 estimated that oral diseases affect close to 3.5 billion people worldwide, with caries of permanent teeth being the most common condition. Dr. Clement Azodo, Chairman, Nigerian Dental Association, Edo State branch said in a recent press interview that global loss of $200 billion annually is associated with lack of attention to oral health. According to him, “Nigeria loses between N300 to N500 million yearly because of lack of interest in oral health care.”