Kenya Dental Association (KDA) has raised the red flag over increased cases of dental fluorosis and oral cancer in the country.
Speaking during the closing ceremony of KDA annual scientific conference and exhibition at Pride Inn Paradise resort in Shanzu at the weekend, association chairman Andrew Wetende attributed fluorosis cases to increased use of unsafe borehole and bottled water.
Fluorosis is a chronic condition caused by excessive intake of fluorine compounds, marked by discolouration of teeth and, if severe, calcification of the ligaments.
“We are urging the Ministry of Health and other relevant stakeholders to lobby for use of clean and safe water,” he said.
Wetende regretted that the profession has been infiltrated by quacks and lacks structures, leading to poor treatment outcomes.
Speaking at the same event, Lands Cabinet secretary Jacob Kaimenyi emphasised on the need for dentists to adhere to high ethical standards. He said the internet has also made professionalism difficult since some medical sites provide wrong information.