Why take the card

Oral Health is generally taken for granted even though it is essential for our life. It enhances our ability to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, swallow, and convey our feelings and emotions through facial expressions.

In spite of this, dental caries is a public health problem with a prevalence as high as 60-80% in children. According to the Directorate General of Health Services and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, about 30% of children suffer from malaligned teeth and jaws affecting proper functioning of the dento-facial apparatus. Periodontal diseases (gum diseases) are prevalent in 67.7 % of 15 year olds and as much as 89.6 % of 35- 44 year olds. Periodontal (gum) disease destroys the gums and bone. Teeth become loose, chewing becomes difficult and teeth may have to be extracted.

Children with untreated oral health diseases suffer not just pain but are dysfunctional, absent from school, face difficulty in concentrating, suffer from poor nutrition, shoddy appearance — all this greatly affect a child's quality of life and ability to succeed.