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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1  

2015 - My resolution: A broom in every adult's hand AND a toothbrush in every child's hand! What's yours?


Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor, Department of Periodontology, AECS Maaruti Dental College and Research Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Date of Web Publication23-Feb-2015

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Ashish Sham Nichani
Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor, Department of Periodontology, AECS Maaruti Dental College and Research Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-124X.151924

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi kickstarted the "Swach Bharat Abhiyaan" or "Clean India" campaign on Gandhi Jayanti last year. I am an ardent supporter of this campaign, which aims to clean up India and improve sanitation facilities ultimately leading to a healthier India. Having said this I believe that as doctors of oral health we have a very powerful tool in our hands to prevent dental caries/periodontal disease, two of the most prevalent oral diseases affecting our population, especially the younger generation: The Humble Toothbrush!

Many children in India do not know how to use a toothbrush correctly, many do not have their own toothbrush or many even share a single toothbrush among all family members. So why not catch them young? As we embark in 2015, let us vow to take better care of our children and actually follow through it. Can we not teach our children to drink more water and rinse their mouth after consumption of food? Will this not also lead to better overall health? Can we not teach our children that they should use teeth only for chewing food and not for chewing on pens, pencils or finger nails? Can we not remember to change our child's toothbrush once every 3-4 months; our children frequently fall ill, so won't this simple measure help in keeping the cold, flu and other germs at bay instead of repeatedly re-introducing them in their mouth? Can we not teach our children to eat more fiber, more fruits and vegetables instead of sweets and chocolates? Won't this help control the obesity epidemic that is plaguing our children? Besides some of these dietary ingredients acting as roughage, they may also play the role of natural toothbrushes!

Whether we are in an urban/rural setting, whether we teach or practice, whether we do it through our respective dental associations or through community based programs in collaboration with public/private/government organizations it is important to remember that our role does not end by providing oral health education to children, teaching toothbrushing techniques or conducting dental camps to ascertain their oral health status and determine treatment needs. It is equally important to have a follow-up program in which the same children are re-examined, toothbrushing techniques are reinforced and the number of children able to brush correctly at that time is checked so that we can assess whether we have been successful in imparting education.

I know there is a lot of experience among all of you, so I welcome your suggestions on how we can work together one child at a time, in ensuring healthy mouths and healthy lives for our future generations.

 
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