Year : 2016 | Volume
: 27 | Issue : 6 | Page : 567-
Oral health-care access and tobacco cessation
Executive Editor, Indian Journal of Dental Research, Director and Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon, Balaji Dental and Craniofacial Hospital, Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
S M Balaji
Executive Editor, Indian Journal of Dental Research, Director and Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon, Balaji Dental and Craniofacial Hospital, Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
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Balaji S M. Oral health-care access and tobacco cessation.Indian J Dent Res 2016;27:567-567
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Balaji S M. Oral health-care access and tobacco cessation. Indian J Dent Res [serial online] 2016 [cited 2017 Mar 28 ];27:567-567
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Oral health-care access and cessation of tobacco are two main factors that could largely influence the outcome of oral health. In a developing nation such as India, with huge population and a large burden of oral diseases, prevention and proper utilization of dental workforce would be the ideal way forward. To urgently improve the situation, all the available current health workers at grassroot level can be utilized. They shall be provided basic training to identify the crucial dental disorders – dental caries, periodontal pathology, precancerous states, and cancerous situation. They can be taught the basic methods of convincing the public to motivate and seek treatment. This when properly implemented would save valuable time for the resource-constrained dentists to treat more effectively, especially to target those who need treatment on an emergency basis. While there are no large-scale studies to validate the idea, few small-scale studies are in support of this approach. However, there are other studies that stress on the need for proper training of these paramedical personnel, before they are employed in the community.
The recent public health literature in Lancet describes the proper utilization of these trained health workers for detecting and referring patients suffering from depression in India. If replicated for oral health-care delivery and tobacco cessation, the result would have a tremendous bearing on the oral health-care burden in India. Also, such an approach would be a better avenue for oral health research. I call upon the Indian dental research community to explore the possibilities in such preventive measures.
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