Year : 2017 | Volume
: 21 | Issue : 4 | Page : 256--257
Double pronged strategy with incremental efforts in generating awareness on oral hygiene day
Secretary, Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor and Head, Department of Periodontics and Implantology, VSPM Dental College and Research Centre, Digdoh Hills, Hingna Road, Nagpur - 440 019, Maharashtra, India
Secretary, Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor and Head, Department of Periodontics and Implantology, VSPM Dental College and Research Centre, Digdoh Hills, Hingna Road, Nagpur - 440 019, Maharashtra
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We as a society of specialists in Periodontology are in the fourth decade of existence and are at such a stage that we are confronting challenges all the more because of increasing numbers and paucity of avenues. The profession as a whole is losing its charm and sheen as the newer generation is finding it extremely difficult to mitigate the day to day needs and desires. The opportunities for the newcomers seem to be drying up and so many of them feel left aside from the main stream. We as the representative society cannot absolve ourselves from this responsibility and need to devise strategies which will be beneficial to all the specialists as well as the profession in general. It is agreed that we are in no way responsible for such a situation of our profession, but it will be worthless to dwell on the reasons for this.
Dealing with the numbers of new entrants does not lie in our domain and so we need to think about the other possibilities. Going through the figures it is really saddening to note that only 3 to 4% of our country's population visits the dental surgeon for any kind of treatment. This is so, when the WHO states the figures of periodontal diseases to be above 70%. This figure of individuals attending dental treatment needs is too meagre and there is an urgent requirement of improving on this. The problem of numbers will be taken care of by the improvements in awareness levels, which appears to be the only relevant solution in our hands. We through our society have made quite a few attempts in this direction in the past but we still are lacking in the same.
One of the initiatives taken by the Indian Society of Periodontology is the celebration of the “Oral Hygiene Day” every year in memory of the doyen of Periodontics Late Dr. G. B. Shankwalkar. Let us all take this occasion as an opportunity to spread the knowledge of oral hygiene and concentrate our efforts in generating awareness amongst the general population. Many of the ISP Study Groups and some of the dental institutions are conducting activities on this day but we should increase the numbers this year and have a greater target to achieve the desired objective. To encourage our members in organising the activity we have also as a part of incentive increased the cash prize considerably for the oral hygiene day awards and the ISP Study Group awards.
We from this year plan to adopt a double pronged strategy, one directing at the general population and the other at the young graduates. In addition to our awareness activities, we will be organising the oral hygiene day activity on a uniform basis at 40 Dental institutions with a target audience of the budding dental graduates who will be educated about our speciality. We from the ISP Head Office will provide presentations on “Periodontics beyond prophylaxis” and “Modern day approaches in oral hygiene” which will enable to showcase our speciality amongst the young graduates. Let our efforts be incremental in nature this year, so that the cumulative effects will be experienced by the society, professional colleagues and the generation next.
We in our speciality are fortunate to have some of the industry partnerships coming our way this year which will aid in serving our purpose to a certain extent. I believe that it is never too late to start on a new possibility, albeit with adequate preparations and discussions.