Srinagar, Mar 18: On the World Oral Health Day, doctors in Kashmir have asked people to maintain the oral hygiene for a healthy lifestyle.
World Oral Health Day is observed on March 20 every year. The FDI World Dental Federation launched a year-long campaign dedicated to raising awareness and issues around oral health and the importance of oral hygiene.
Medical Superintendent of Govt. Dental College / Hospital, Srinagar, Dr Shabir Ahmad Shah, talks about the several oral concerns and common misconceptions regarding oral hygiene in Kashmir.
Dr Shabir told Rising Kashmir that the hospital receives at least 700 dental cases in the Out Patient Department (OPD) every day.
“Out of 700, we admit two to three patients who are suffering from a severe infection. Every week, we conduct five to six surgeries,” he said.
He said that people should stop self-medicating for tooth infections. “Around 90 percent of the people in Kashmir believe that consuming painkillers will solve their problems. But this is not true. So, it is better to opt for proper oral hygiene and early treatment, “he said.
He said tobacco chewing, smoking affects the oral health. “Oral diseases like gum diseases affect people. So, prioritizing oral health is important and the need of the hour. Oral hygiene leads to a healthy lifestyle,” he said.
Dr Shabir said that it is important for people to go for a dental checkup every six months.
“People here prefer to visit a dentist only during an emergency. Early treatment is very important. Whether a person is in pain or not. It is important to visit a dentist after every six months. If a dental ailment is in the initial stage. It can be detected early to cause minimum damage, “he said.
Dr Shabir said that poor oral hygiene leads to Periodontitis (a gum infection that damages gums and can destroy the jawbone).
“It can lead to tooth loss. So, people should be careful. They should go for an early treatment and maintain good oral hygiene to prevent damage to the surrounding bone,” he added.
He said that parents of children aged between 6 to 13 years should get them checked.
He said that in order to spread awareness about dental hygiene among the people. The hospital has organized camps in different districts of Kashmir from March 20 to 25.
“We have selected a team of doctors who will make people of all ages aware of the importance of dental hygiene. In North Kashmir, we have selected an area in Tangmarg. Salroo in South Kashmir and Fakir Gujri in Harwan area,” he said.
He said that our hospital vehicle will have a portable dental chair which will help doctors to continue dental checkup and treatment in the far-flung areas.
“Besides awareness, our doctors will provide emergency services as well,” he added.
Dr Shabir advised people to practice good oral hygiene and adopt some good habits.
1. People should brush their teeth in the morning and before sleeping.
2. They should visit a dentist after every six months. Early treatment is important to prevent teeth from any damage.
3. People should not use any tobacco products like tobacco chewing and other drugs. Even if people smoke, they should quit it.
4. People having diabetes should control the disease. Diabetic people should treat gum diseases. Early treatment would help them to lower their blood sugar level.
5.People have some confusion regarding scaling (cleaning of teeth). They believe that scaling will weaken their teeth. It is completely false. Professional cleaning doesn’t not weaken the teeth. Scaling controls the tartar forming on the teeth. Dentists use ultrasonic instruments that only remove the tartar without affecting the teeth.