Ideas and Action for a Better India
This paper documents the need for school education programmes to include health education highlighting the importance of oral healthcare. Lack of effective mechanisms to conduct a study listing the magnitude of dental and health problems has yet not been conducted. This paper stresses the need to introduce preventive interventions in oral healthcare through school health programmes by enumerating the following: the promotion of oral health education can shape healthy behaviours; oral health programmes in schools can stress the importance of oral health, increase understanding of the disease process and encourage children to think about knowledge choice and behaviour; and inputs from acknowledged dental health professionals from Nair Dental College, Mumbai, and the School Health Department, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) have been sought to prove the importance of oral health education. Oral health is not a concern to many people in India and it should not be the case. Many people are not aware of the effects of poor dental care to our health. Oral health education in schools will thus act as one preventive instrument to provide the information to children and encourage oral healthy behaviour among them.
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