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The Nigerian Association of Orthodontists (NAO) has decried the disturbing number ofregistered orthodontists in the country to cater for the over 170 million Nigerians.

The association, which stated this at a media parley in Lagos recently, said with only 39 registered orthodontists, Nigeria has one orthodontist to four million people, whereas in the United States there are about 9,000 orthodontists serving a population of 310 million people (one orthodontist to 35,000 people).

In his speech, the President and Lecturer at College of Medicine, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Dr Ifeoma Utomi, said the association was bent on creating knowledge and awareness for advancing orthodontic education and providing orthodontic care for underserved populations in Nigeria, adding that this number was nothing compared with 4,600 dentists that the country has.

“So, to achieve this, NAO will launch ‘Orthodontic Month on October 5th in Abuja this year. It will be marked by orthodontic outreach with screening and educational programmes in secondary schools. Then the 9th Annual Scientific Conference will follow quickly at the National Hospital Abuja from October 6th-8th

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