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As part of the oral health education strategies of the Ministry of Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations, a Spelling Bee Competition among primary schools spearheaded by the ministry's Dental Department  has been organized for schools around the island.

Colgate and Peter and Company are the main sponsors the competition which is now into its 5th year, aptly dubbed Colgate National Dental Spelling Bee Competition.

At the formal launch of the competition Senior Dental Surgeon at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Sherry Ephraim-Le Compte, acknowledged the sponsors for their unflinching support.  

She also highlighted a change to the spelling bee booklet for this year's competition with the inclusion of a few more technical terms used in dentistry.

Colgate's Accounts Manager, Elizabeth Cumberbatch said oral health is the core of Colgates business. As such Colgate take an active roll in supporting oral health activities locally, regionally and internationally.  She applauded the efforts of the Ministry of Health in increasing dental knowledge and awareness among school children at such an impressionable age.

Statistics from the World Health Organization indicate that Worldwide, 60–90% of school children and nearly 100% of adults have dental cavities. Dental cavities can be prevented by maintaining a constant low level of fluoride in the oral cavity. Oral disease in children and adults is higher among poor and disadvantaged population groups.

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