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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 165-166

Achieving global oral health: Aim of all…

Principal, Professor and Head, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Gian Sagar Dental College and Hospital, Rajpura, Patiala, Punjab, India

Date of Web Publication24-Nov-2015

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Vinod Kapoor
Principal, Professor and Head, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Gian Sagar Dental College and Hospital, Rajpura, Patiala, Punjab
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-962X.170365

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According to World Health Organization (WHO), oral health is a state of being free from chronic mouth and facial pain, oral and throat cancer, oral sores, birth defects such as cleft lip and palate, periodontal disease, tooth decay and tooth loss, and other diseases and disorders that affect the oral cavity.

When we talk about achieving global oral health, we imply to ensure the provision of oral health care facilities to one and all. This goal seems very ideal but at the same time is very difficult to achieve though not impossible.

The WHO has made a global oral health database that identifies the healthcare providers all across the globe and stimulates them to implement preventive oral health care programs in their respective regions. This protocol perhaps forms the best way to make the oral health care reach the common masses that are often neglected otherwise, either because of economic reasons or due to their inaccessibility to health care centers. The aim is to focus mainly on modification of risk behaviors related to diet and nutrition; maintenance of oral hygiene and prohibition on the use of tobacco products.

In addition, much attention is needed onto implementation of effective fluoride programs for prevention of dental caries which includes automatic fluoride administration in the form of water or salt fluoridation and to make available affordable fluoridated toothpastes. School oral health programs are definitely an important aspect that cannot be overlooked. Intensive programs emphasizing on preventive oral health care at school level can prove to be a big boost in spreading the message of awareness regarding the proper use of oral hygiene measures and educating the children and their parents about healthy dietary habits.

Great emphasis also needs to be laid down on control of tobacco use, both smoking and smokeless forms as these predispose a very high-risk factor to oral precancerous and cancerous lesions. The combined efforts of government bodies and nongovernment volunteers can make curb the growing demon of tobacco to improve the standard of oral health, especially in developing countries. The celebrities participating in tobacco promoting advertisements should be made aware of the risks involved to society at large.

While talking about global oral health, other issues such as emergency care during traumatic injuries, detection of craniofacial disorders and identification of oral manifestations of HIV/AIDS, etc., form integral components of the entire program which cannot be overlooked. The dental professionals have a lead role to play here by educating and motivating the masses. This can be achieved through school programs or organizing awareness events individually or in collaboration with government/nongovernment bodies. The dental schools, in particular, can also take up this task on a priority basis and spread awareness amongst the masses about benefits of maintaining good oral health.

As it is said, "Together we can make a difference," I believe that all dental professionals across the globe can make an enormous difference in the upliftment of oral health standards of our human beings.

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