Published On: Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Published in Category: Karachi

Ziauddin College of Dentistry Observes World Oral Health Day

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KARACHI: World Oral Health Day 2014, themed “Celebrating Healthy Smile” was observed by the Ziauddin College of Dentistry in collaboration with Pakistan Dental Community (PDC) at Ziauddin University, here on Thursday.

Prof. Dr. Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, Vice Chancellor Ziauddin University presented mementos to the participants. Dr. Saqib Rasheed, President, Pakistan Dental Association also attended the ceremony.

While speaking on the occasion, Dr. Syed Faizan expressed his views “Maintaining oral health and inculcating hygiene consciousness among general public is a challenge due to lack of basic education. Pakistan has one of the highest rates of oral cancer, while there are about 11 thousand registered dentists, which means that for 16,500 people there is just one dentist.”

Taking the opportunity on the World Oral Heath Day, Dr. Faizan said that he would like to emphasize the need to initiate a Voluntary self-sustaining and continuous process of education, prevention, and treatment especially for the deprived segment of the society.

Dr. Saifullah Khan, Senior Registrar Oral Medicine, Ziauddin University explained “ORAL HEALTH IN DIFFERENT STAGES OF A WOMAN’S LIFE” covered different aspects of Oral Health issues in Women in different stages of their life.

He said the women make half of the World’s population, and experience dental problems due to lack of education and care of the oral manifestation. Dental treatment is needed by women on attaining puberty; upon use of Oral Contraceptives; during pregnancy and on attaining Menopause. He added.

Dr. Saif discussed that women are more prone to oral diseases due to hormonal changes at different stages of their life, for which they need professional dental care to maintain healthy life-style.

Dr. Ambrina Qureshi said that World Oral Health Day is an international event about the benefits of a healthy mouth and promotes worldwide awareness of issues around oral health and its importance for both old and young.

She said the day March 20 is designated for Oral Health awareness because a healthy child is suppose to have a set of 20 milk-teeth and similarly a senior adult should also have a set of 20 teeth while a healthy adult should have a set of 32 teeth.

She said the awareness about Oral Health is important because 90% of the world’s population suffer from oral diseases which can be avoided.}