This year, the AIIMS Centre for Dental Education and Research along with Ministry of Health will undertake the largest nationwide oral health survey to collect data, that would act as a baseline for planning preventive and treatment strategies.
The sampling strategies, planning and timelines of the survey was discussed by an expert committee at AIIMS.
The aim of study is to record specific, representative data on the most prevalent dental diseases in the county like dental decay, gum diseases, dentofacial deformities, cancerous lesions, dental fluorosis and dental trauma among others.
Trained and calibrated oral health workforce will examine the teeth following protocols in coherence with global guidelines to collect the data.
Scientific validated guidelines will be used for sampling, examination and recording of data. The logistics, necessary infrastructure and resources have been thoroughly discussed to formalize the preparation of the survey.
This survey includes the collection of oral health data of the children in early years of life, assessment of prosthetic treatment needs in the geriatric groups considering the increasing life expectancy, the impact of traditional oral hygiene practices and high sugars diet on oral health.
Mr Vinod Arora, Principal Advisor, IGMPI
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