Children are impressionable by nature and school is undoubtedly one of the most important points of contact between children and dentists, as we inculcate good oral hygiene habits in them. Thinking along these lines, on the 6th of October, the Department of Public Health Dentistry, D. Y. Patil University School of Dentistry, organized an Oral Screening and Awareness Camp in conjunction with The Rotary Club Panvel, specially for school children.
The camp was held at V. K. High School and junior college, Panvel and a total of 326 students aged 13 to 15 were effectively screened for oral health issues and dental caries. Prevention and education being their mantra, the participants were also given a demonstration of correct oral hygiene practices and the importance of brushing and flossing were explained to them in uncomplicated terms. In addition, knowledge about gingival conditions and certain oral disturbances common to their age group was also relayed.
This initiative was made a success by Dr. Sheiba Gomes (In-charge, Department of Public Health Dentistry), Dr. Siddharth Acharya (Lecturer, Department of Public Health Dentistry) and an efficient team of 8 Interns (Kaajal Gupta, Tanvi Gupta, Harshita Sharma, Gurpreet Kaur, Aishwarya Jage, Pritesh Jain, Varun Jaiswal, Jensyll Rodriguez).
Puberty in young adults is always an age where efficient dental attention and education is a necessity. And what better place to start than here, at school? Another day well spent for the department of Public Health Dentistry as they sow seeds of good oral hygiene for the generations of tomorrow.
'Education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think.' - Albert Einstein