School is one of the most important places of contact between children and dentists, often overlooked and neglected. To ensure that proper dental awareness reach all homes, it is necessary to start from schools as the children are highly impressionable and can be efficiently taught and made aware of their dental health. Children who understand their own dental requirements and take up the responsibility will efficiently educate their parents and guardians regarding the same. So, it’s only wise to start at School.Thinking along these lines, on the 31st of January, the Department of Public Health Dentistry, D. Y. Patil University School of Dentistry along with the Rotary Club Panvel Industrial Township got started at 9 am in the morning to organized an Oral Screening and Awareness Camp specially for school children in Panvel, Navi Mumbai.
The camp was held at V. K. High School, Old Panvel, Navi Mumbai and a total 442 students aged 6 to 15 years were screened for oral health problems, oral hygiene, gingival health and dental caries. With a view to prevent oral diseases and nipping these diseases in the bud, the participants were also given a demonstration of practices to maintain oral hygiene and the importance of brushing, flossing and tongue-cleaning were explained to the children and the teachers in lucid terms.
This initiative was made a success by Dr. Sneha Khanapure (Lecturer, Department of Public Health Dentistry)and an efficient team of 6 Interns (Rachel Patrao, Aishwarya Rao, Kaveri Pawar, Kanan Purohit, Ishani Ratnaparkhi, Anushka Raut).
Department of Public Health Dentistry are at it again as they sow seeds of good oral hygiene for the generations of tomorrow.
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