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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 423  

Periodontology: Future of centerstage

President, Indian Society of Periodontology, Principal, Institute of Dental Sciences, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India

Date of Web Publication14-Aug-2014

Correspondence Address:
Ashish Jain
President, Indian Society of Periodontology, Principal, Institute of Dental Sciences, Panjab University, Chandigarh
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-124X.138670

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In the last few notes that I had to write being occupant of a chair of this august body "Indian Society of Periodontology (ISP)," my thought process would always wander to the science, research, collaborations, fundings, etc., However, when I read them today, it seems that in all of them there were concerns of the very "present" may be reflective of the "past," but "futuristically" we still have to be conscious of our roles vis-ΰ-vis our profession, our colleagues, our students and also conveniently forgotten "our society." This idea stemmed from a communication that I received from Dr. D.G. Pol who has very thoughtfully captured the editorial written by Dr. G.B. Shankwalkar, the founder, the father of ISP in the form of a poster on oral hygiene day. The editorial probably published in 1980s was titled "ISP-A Custodian of Better Oral Hygiene for India." The gist of the editorial was the concern about all oral health and hygiene standards in the world, most specifically in India and what was striking in that editorial was the vision that made Dr. Shankwalkar, the doyen. To quote, he says - "Under the circumstances, it is felt that time has come for some organised body in India to set the guidelines to educate and acquaint the public on correct measures to be followed in ensuring a right level of oral hygiene status." Further, he says "regrettably, as the situation stands today, we have no specific organised body or agency to promote any campaign for better dental health of the nation. Guidelines based on scientific information must be made available to the public. At present, there is evidence to believe that in the absence of any organised guidelines the public is confused and tempted to resort to dubious measures. This has affected the dental health of the nation, and the status of dental hygiene continues to be poor in India. Can the ISP tackle this crucial issue and be the custodian of the better dental health for the nation?." After reading this I am sure lot of us, here at ISP, are forced to think in terms of our actions over the past few years and the achievable from them. We all probably need to huddle now, revisit our strategies for the future and have the goals in sight which our founders wanted us to take and have the "general public" at the center stage of all this thought process. Let us all, come forward, take steps in the directions that shall hopefully be in sync with our founders as I am sure he is surely watching us from heaven and closely scrutinising the path that ISP is on.

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