Salt Fluoridation

India is one of many countries which uses salt fluoridation as a means to address the widespread prevalence of dental caries, primarily because it is inexpensive, effective, safe, and benefits the entire population. However, India has large areas where the groundwater is naturally fluoridated and measures between 1mg/l to 48mg/l.

Is salt fluoridation more of a hindrance rather than a solution to dental caries in India?

Let’s discuss:

Applications Open for UB DDS Lifelong Learning, Inc

UB DDS Life Long Learning Inc.; in affiliation with the University at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine, is offering practicing dentists, located outside of the United States, the opportunity to receive the highest quality of academic and clinical education in Orthodontics. This integrated program will deliver course material and content, including clinical supervision over the world wide web.

Milk Fluoridation

As fluoride in milk targets children, the World Health Organization (WHO) supports milk fluoridation as an alternative to water fluoridation. This is currently practiced in some countries including the United Kingdom (UK), China, Peru and Thailand.

Patient Education

Dentists constantly educate patients on how to maintain their oral health and prevent decay and gum disease as an ongoing part of their consultation. While some patients rely on the dentist for information on oral health issues, others use the internet to list out potential oral health problems.

Nutritional Counselling

Limited resources, lack of financial incentive, inadequate skills in nutrition counselling and time constraints may restrict many dental professionals from providing nutritional counselling as part of their routine preventive oral disease strategy. However, sharing the responsibilities among the allied dental health professionals (i.e. dental nurses, dental hygienists) can provide a way of incorporating nutritional counselling into the dental visit.

Atraumatic Restorative Treatment – ART

ART has become one of the most effective treatment, especially for children, in the management of tooth decay. It emphasizes prevention and minimal invasiveness in dental treatment.

There have been various initiatives that have used ART in India to address the high prevalence of dental caries particularly amongst school children.

Is ART taught in all dental school and is its use promoted by paediatric dentists?

Let’s discuss:

Professor Raman Bedi

Water Fluoridation

Community water fluoridation provides decay prevention benefits for the entire population regardless of age, socioeconomic status, educational attainment or other social variables. This is particularly important for families living in rural areas and who do not have access to regular dental services.

Launch of E-Depository (Indian Strategy)

We are pleased to inform you of the launch of our new venture the "E-Depository” (Indian Strategy). The aim of this venture is to encourage social responsibility amongst our community and to aid support for projects (voluntary and research) in terms of both monetary support and volunteers.

Young dentists are calling for support for their demand for government to guarantee all graduates from UK dental schools a Dental Foundation Training (DFT) place

Based on a recent article in the British Dental Journal, figures published last month by the UK Committee of Postgraduate Dental Deans and Directors (COPDEND) confirmed that 1,139 applicants will be competing for an estimated 952 funded training places in NHS practices. One thousand and twenty-six of the applicants are current students at, or recent graduates from, UK dental schools.

Pit and Fissure Sealants

Sealants are widely used in dental practice.  The evidence base for their effectiveness and efficacy is well established.  This brief note has been agreed by a global expert group and is taken from the website Alliance for Cavity Free Future.   I am the Chairman-elect of the initiative and the purpose of posting this note to the group is to begin a discussion about recommending sealants in India.

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