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Overshadowed Oral Health a Worry

September 02
18:22 2014

A  healthy diet is closely linked to good oral hygiene, says Fiji Dental Association president Dr Vikash Singh.

Speaking at the 39th Fiji Dental Association Conference at the Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva on Sunday Dr Singh said it was important to realise that many people talked about non-communicable diseases (NCD) but failed to include oral health.

“Oral hygiene cannot be looked at in isolation because it is a very strong indicator of people’s health and therefore more emphasis needs to be placed on this area as well,” Dr Singh said.

To date there are 150 dentists operating in the country and they have expressed concerns that oral health was overshadowed by NCDs.

“If you say to people look you have to adopt a healthy lifestyle diet, you cannot have a healthy diet if you don’t have healthy dentition.”

Dr Singh said dentistry itself had advanced to such right levels worldwide that keeping up with technology for the practitioners was extremely challenging.

“With the advance and tertiary level cares you also have higher cost of dental care.”

He said a lot of oral health conditions and diseases were preventable.

“The prevention strategy is a far more effective way of dealing with oral health problems in this country than focusing on clinical based curative type of treatments.”

Dr Singh said they were recommending a stronger prevention strategy.




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