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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 345-346  

Are the grapes sour…?

Editor, Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor, Department of Periodontology, Institute of Dental Studies and Technologies, Kadrabad, Modinagar - 201 201, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

Date of Web Publication9-Feb-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 - 201 201, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/jisp.jisp_66_18

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"When you blame and criticize others, you are avoiding some truth about yourself"

–Deepak Chopra

Over the last one and a half years, the hot topic of discussion among maximum number of academicians was the admission of students in post graduation (P.G.) and their likely choice. The number of seats, which went vacant last year in the subject of Periodontology, demonstrated the loss of interest among graduates of dentistry towards the subject and an emerging crisis for our branch.

The important issue, which needs to be addressed here, is: Why is decline seen in the interest towards our subject in the graduate dental surgeons? The decline in interest also becomes more noticeable considering the fact that our branch deals with tissues around which dentistry revolves. Consider the realities: Is orthodontic treatment possible without healthy periodontium? How many root canal treatments will survive in periodontally compromised teeth? How would prosthodontic treatment of removable and fixed partial dentures be successful without healthy periodontium? Last but not the least, it's the periodontium because of which we can extract the teeth easily without traumatizing the bone. If there were no periodontium, each time, you would have to cut through the bone to extract. Importance of maintenance of crestal bone especially for implants and other prosthetic options is no hidden fact.

What makes this decline starker is the fact that there is a huge prevalence of periodontal disease in public that makes availability of a large number of patients suffering from periodontal diseases available for treatment in dental colleges as well as in private practice. An availability of huge number of periodontal patients in dental colleges provides an opportunity to the students to master the science of periodontology besides providing the patients with treatment at affordable cost. In private practice, the huge availability of patients gives us a chance to provide the best possible treatment while making a comfortable living for ourselves.

We need to look inwards and find out answers, rather than blaming the subject or any thing else. Are we to blame ourselves for the situation? Where have we gone wrong in our academics in last few years? Why are we not able to generate interest in a third/final year student towards periodontology? What is wrong with what we teach at undergraduate level in periodontology theory and clinicals that students do not find it interesting? Is it the fact that they are not exposed to any treatment modality beyond scaling? Or their belief that treatment they learn at undergraduate level can't get them much in terms of money when they start practicing. Is it the lack of awareness among patients and reluctance to get treatment done despite a huge chunk of population suffering from periodontal diseases dissuades students from looking positively at periodontology?

There are no readymade answers. We need to discuss and find solution to the problem. We need to make changes in academic curriculum and demonstrate to the students at undergraduate levels that periodontology is not only interesting but there is much that can be done, significantly beyond scaling. We need to work at ground level to increase awareness about the disease. More importantly they need to be presented with evidence that practice of periodontology can give them a respectable standing in the society financially as well as in terms of stature.

"It is easy to blame others for your situation. Its much more productive to search your own past and find what caused your faults."



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