World Oral Health Day observed at USTM
A glimpse of the free dental and oral health camp organized by the Department of Physiotherapy, USTM as a part of the World Oral Health Day celebration
Baridua, 9th Mile, Meghalaya, 20th March 2021: As the entire world celebrated International Oral Health Day 2021 today, the Department of Physiotherapy under School of Allied Medical Sciences, University of Science and Technology Meghalaya organized a “Dental and Oral Health Check-up, Treatment and Screening Camp” along with an awareness talk on “Oral Health” in collaboration with Department of Public Health Dentistry, Regional Dental College, Guwahati.
The free dental and oral health camp was inaugurated by Dr. R.K. Sharma, Advisor, USTM in the Physiotherapy Outpatient Department which was followed by a welcome address by Dr. Habibul Islam, Dean, School of Allied Medical Sciences. Dr. R.K. Sharma, also addressed the gathering on the importance of oral health. It was followed by a screening and treatment camp for all the students, faculty members, admin officials and supporting staff of the university.
After the camp, an awareness talk on “Oral Health” was delivered by Dr. Ramen Haloi, Reader, Regional Dental College, Guwahati. He said, “90% of the world’s total population will suffer from oral diseases in their lifetime”. “There is a proven relationship between oral and general health”, he added. He also emphasized over oral health encompasses a range of diseases and conditions that include dental caries, periodontal (gum) disease, tooth loss, oral cancer, oral manifestations of HIV infection, oro-dental trauma and birth defects such as cleft lip and palate.
Dr. A.H. Barbhuiya, Academic Registrar, USTM also addressed the gathering and said oral health is a key indicator of overall health, well-being and quality of life. There was also a demonstration on ideal tooth brushing techniques that should be followed by all. The event ended with the vote of thanks provided by Dr.Pooja Chaudhuri, HoD, Department of Physiotherapy, USTM.