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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 175-176  

An 8 mm pocket that wasn't 3 mm at one time...?


Editor, Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor, Department of Periodontology, Institute of Dental Studies and Technologies, Kadrabad, Modinagar, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

Date of Web Publication16-Jan-2018

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Ashish Kumar
Editor, Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor, Department of Periodontology, Institute of Dental Studies and Technologies, Kadrabad, Modinagar, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/jisp.jisp_374_17

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The aim of every research in any given field is to find solutions to problems faced by population. The ultimate test and success of any research is determined by how much of it can benefit the population at large.

The disease we deal with, “Periodontitis” is prevalent in a major section of society. The task of prevention, interception, treatment of this disease becomes much more harder, bearing in mind the huge population in our country. Adding to this huge dimension of numbers, are issues, which superimpose on this population of 1.25 billion people; the educational status, the awareness, the myths, neglect of oral cavity in terms of health, the habits, etc. Combined effect of these issues makes the situation really alarming in terms of health needs of our population.

The research we do in the field of Periodontology should be aimed at providing benefits to a large section of population. The research should not only be aimed at finding solutions for the rich and who can afford but should also target affordable delivery of health care at mass level.

In recent years, the research in our country in the field of Periodontology, predominantly occurring in educational institutions, has primarily been focussed on treatment modalities, especially regenerative periodontics. No doubt, regenerative periodontics is an interesting field and a lot of innovations have taken place. But, can it be a solution to huge problem what we are facing in terms of prevalence of disease? The answer is a big NO. The regenerative therapy is individualistic therapy that has huge bias in terms of affordability.

Can we start focussing in our institutions on research that leans towards developing strategies, which focus more on either prevention or interception of disease at early stages? After all prevention is always better than cure. Not only developing these strategies through research is important, but also focus on affordability and applicability is also the key fundamentals we need to keep in mind in our research. The huge burden of periodontitis can only be reduced by prevention and interception.

Applicability of the research will have to take care of superimposing factors, which I mentioned above. Research should focus on how we can improve our strategies to raise awareness among masses about this disease, its effects, advantages/disadvantages of getting it treated/not-treated early in terms of health and economics (of the patient).

Until we have a concerted effort in all post-graduate departments of Periodontology to have research which focuses on prevention and interception, we will never succeed in our aim of providing better health care for our population. Just imagine, if 90% of research in our post-graduate departments for next 15 years is focussed on prevention and interception, we would be able to develop some way out to tackle this problem at national level.

An increase in awareness towards this disease will increase the patient input in our hospitals and clinics who would want to get themselves diagnosed and treated as early as possible. A demand by patients for treatment of periodontitis will automatically increase the demand of Periodontology as a subject of specialization among students.

Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.

–Marian Wright Edelman






 

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