Dr. Naseem Ashraf

It is perceived that Dental Care or Oral Health is associated with the problem of individuals and should be dealt with on person to person basis. Considering the inflow of individuals at the Dental Care Clinics, it may seem correct, but it isn’t. Oral Hygiene is also a public issue, and Public Health Dentistry is practiced generally through government-sponsored programs.

It is the responsibility of the state to take care of the health of its citizens but it is often ignored. In countries like India, population, geographical constraints, diverse communities, culture, and food practices often create hindrances and make it tough for the state to intervene. It may be an excuse, but the reality is, we Indians are ignorant of our health issues and Public Health Dentistry isn’t the concern of the government yet. Though researchers suggest, there is a need for mass intervention as Poor Dental Health may lead to various serious health issues in individuals.

In developed countries Public Health Dentistry is an integral part of healthcare system. There, the public health system is involved in the assessment of key dental health needs. It involves in coming up with effective solutions to improve the dental health of populations rather than individuals. In India we need to address this issue at the earliest.

Cavities, Gingivitisperiodontitisdental plaque, and gum diseases are very common these days. It is due to improper health management, bad food habits, and ignorance of oral health. These infections further impact our health system and result in heart disease, obesity, and diabetes, etc. it is when Dental-related diseases are largely preventable. All we need a general awareness, regular monitoring, and simple oral care. Dental decay and oral problems can be prevented by

  • Promoting healthy eating.
  • Teaching effective oral hygiene practices.
  • Promoting the use of topical fluoride for preventing and control of dental caries.
  • Facilitating early access to preventative dental services

In developed countries, Public Health Dentistry is an integral part of the healthcare system. There, the public health system is involved in the assessment of key dental health needs. It involves coming up with effective solutions to improve the dental health of populations rather than individuals. In India, we need to address this issue at the earliest. If it isn’t possible at the level of the state, the organization should come forward with the solution.

NGOs, Schools, Colleges, and Private Institutions should be a part of this solution. Oral Health should be part of the school curriculum and the students should be taught, how to prevent dental diseases. Education in oral hygiene is the best way to reach the general public

There are very common issues, but ignorance is transforming them into bigger ones. People should know that Tooth decay can easily be prevented by reducing acid demineralization caused by the dental plaque left on teeth, even after brushing. Poor oral hygiene, inappropriate methods of feeding infants, and poverty can also lead to high numbers of cariogenic bacteria, inadequate salivary flow, and insufficient fluoride exposure.

People often believe, Cavities can develop on any surface of a tooth, but they are most common inside the pits and fissures in grooves on chewing surfaces. Tooth decay is associated with physical, biological, environmental, behavioral, and lifestyle-related factors.

Until there is a system of Public Health Dentistry, people should be aware enough to visit their dentist at least once in three months to monitor their oral health and prevent possible infections. Want to know more about oral health, dentistry issues, and their solutions, visit our blog here

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