Yawning gaps in oral health awareness (via @The_hindu)

12 Mar

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With global healthcare practitioners saying that oral health is linked closely to general health, and the World Health Organisation’s efforts to integrate oral health into national and community health programmes, a road show organised recently at the New Bus Stand here revealed that a very low percentage of participants had awareness of good oral health practices.

The road show organised by the Department of Public Health Dentistry, Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental Sciences, Pillaiyarkuppam, and the Indian Dental Association on the occasion of World Dentist’s Day on March 6, was targeted at the traders in the vicinity of the bus stand and passengers.

The 416 people who had participated were given a questionnaire, ‘I respect my oral health’ with questions on oral health practices. Of these, only 40 persons had enough awareness of oral hygiene and health to be given a certificate, said Dr. Vikneshan of the dental college. “We found that most traders, especially fruit and vegetable sellers at the bus stand, did not take the issue of oral health seriously. Among autorickshaw and truck drivers, we found high incidence of smoking which had affected their oral health,” he said.

Volunteers at the one-day road show conducted an oral health screening and educational session on right techniques of brushing teeth and maintenance of oral health.

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/puducherry/yawning-gaps-in-oral-health-awareness/article6984976.ece

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