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Children’s Oral Health in National Oral Health Policy and Program of India

L Swasticharan, Utkal K Mohanty

Keywords : Dental caries,Gingivitis,Health policy

Citation Information : Swasticharan L, Mohanty U K. Children’s Oral Health in National Oral Health Policy and Program of India. J South Asian Assoc Pediatr Dent 2018; 1 (2):31-32.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10077-3009

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-06-2019

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2019; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

World Health Organization’s (WHO) definition of health as ‘ a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’ cannot be complete without a good or sound oral health. Dental caries and gingivitis are the two most common oral diseases affecting children in India. Like most of the common non-communicable diseases, oral diseases are also largely preventable in nature by simple preventive methods and behavioral modifications. Hence, investing in the oral health care of children by promotive, preventive and curative approaches will yield good results in reducing the burden of oral diseases of any country. In India, Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) and the National Oral Health Program (NOHP) are programmes aimed at early identification of cases and their appropriate management. However, there is an urgent need to frame strategies for integrated, focused and efficient oral health care services targeting the children of all age-groups for an overall improvement of health.


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