This project aimed to raise awareness of the detrimental effects of sugar and promote capacity building among dental colleges to address the issue of increased sugar consumption. It encompassed the following components:
Webinar Series: Offering valuable research insights and discussions on oral health and sugar control advocacy in India.
Survey Initiative: To explore the role of Dental Colleges' Deans and Faculties in creating Sugar-free Dental College Campuses.
Engagement Activities: Set of interactive activities, including poster & slogan contests, to encourage sugar-free campus implementation and detailed reporting from colleges.
India has one of the highest incidences of oral cancer in the world, as 4 in 10 in all cancer are oral cancers. The high incidence of oral cancer and oral pre-cancerous lesions in India has long been linked with the habit of betel quid chewing incorporating tobacco. Statistics show that annually 130,000 people succumb to oral cancer, which translates into approximately 14 deaths per hour.
After analyzing the gravity of the issue of oral cancer and also after realizing that there is no centralized system for recording precancerous lesion or condition, IDA initiated the “National Oral Cancer Registry” in January 2018, to the wide spectrum of health-related campaigns that serves to provide a centralized pooling of data on precancerous and oral cancer cases across the nation.
The broad purpose was to develop an atlas of oral precancerous lesions and conditions and established cancer cases for the whole of India. Future Scopes of the project are –
Oral diseases affect half of the world’s population (3.58 billion people), making them the most common noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) globally. Dental caries (tooth decay) in the permanent teeth is the most prevalent oral disease, with an estimated 2.4 billion people affected.
The Oral Health Observatory (OHO) was launched in 2014 to generate standardized data on oral health. As a nationally recognized body, IDA was identified to carry out the survey in India.
About 75 dentists were recruited that used the OHO App to fill the online questionnaires collecting data from patients and dentists. The questions recorded oral health behaviours, healthcare needs, and the impact of oral health on quality of life.
The data collected helped in oral health advocacy, service planning, developing strategies to improve preventive care delivery, health promotion in different groups and comparing oral health status between different countries.
This FDI-IDA project funded by Haleon has entered its second phase of India Chapter after completing the pilot project and submitting the advocacy report post workshop in Mumbai.
The Indian Dental Association (IDA) Survey Hub is a catalyst for improving the nation’s overall health and well-being, by gathering data on beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors through surveys. The hub taps on the strengths of different survey designs that are comparable internationally to create a sound basis for generating evidence. The Hub focuses on the current national oral health status while encouraging everyone, especially the nation’s key stakeholders, to work towards effectively addressing the oral health burden in India. This comprises 2 components – Survey Poll and Multicentric survey questionnaires. The survey poll results are regularly published in every issue of IDA times and the survey outcomes are published in Journal of Indian Dental Association.
The FDI jointly with the Indian Dental Association conducted an Advocacy and Capacity Building Workshop as part of the Whole Mouth Health project. A key stakeholders roundtable was conducted to discuss the oral health strategies by different organisations and FDI Vision 2030 goals for further action plan. The theme the 2-Days workshop was: ‘Sugar and tobacco: TWO risk factors, TOO many diseases.’
On 11th February 2023, IDA organized the 'Dental Amalgam Phasing Down Workshop' which witnessed the participation of delegates from the dental, healthcare, and environment sectors.
The key objectives were:
An immediate outcome of the workshop was the release of a Declaration document on Dental Amalgam Phasing Out. This document was supported by all major stakeholders in the workshop post a panel discussion.
On 12th February 2023, IDA organized the National School Oral Health Workshop which witnessed the participation of delegates from the dental, healthcare, and environment sectors.
Key Objectives were :
An immediate outcome of the workshop was to formulate and adopt a National School Oral Health Policy in India. This document was supported by all major stakeholders in the workshop post a panel discussion.
The Indian Dental Association (IDA) hosted a National Collaborative Workshop at its Mumbai Head Office on June 9th, 2023. This workshop aimed to unite dental professionals and key stakeholders to collectively address challenges and identify opportunities, shaping the future of dentistry in India.Focus Areas for Collaboration:
The workshop targets collaboration with entities such as the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Dental Council of India, Dental Colleges, IDA State branches, Specialty Dental Associations, State Health Ministries, and Public-Private Partnerships.Current Scenario and Objectives:
Acknowledging challenges in oral healthcare, the workshop seeks to foster collaboration, establish best practices, and create a roadmap for dentistry's future.Workshop Theme:
Scheduled under the theme "Future of Dentistry in India - Challenges and Opportunities," the event on June 9th invited open dialogue and collaborative problem-solving.Key Stakeholder Participation:
Crucial to success was the active involvement of representatives from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Dental Council of India, Specialty Dental Associations, and IDA State Branch leaders.Objective:
The workshop aimed to overcome challenges, promote growth, and lay a structured foundation for the future of dentistry in India, aligning with the visions of key stakeholders.
In collaboration with Specialty Dental Associations, IDA seeks to extend the impact of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Dental Council of India, contributing to the advancement of oral healthcare.
Together, through this collaborative effort, we aspire to set the stage for a prosperous and structured future for dentistry in India.
The Indian Dental Association and the World Health Organization signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in December 2020. The two main areas of focus under this MOU were Oral Health and Tobacco Control.
The partnership's major accomplishments include:
Virtual heath coaching for IDA Members together with FDI World Dental Federation, University of Dundee and Queen Mary University.
Evaluation of the safety and efficacy of PoroSyn, A synthetic bone graft in alveolar ridge augmentation- A single centre, open label, randomised, comparative pilot study.
Evaluation of the efficacy of chemo-mechanical method of caries removal using BRIX-3000 compared to conventional excavation with burs - A Randomised Controlled Trial
The study involved a split mouth design with Bilateral class 1 carious lesion. One side involved treatment with BRIX-3000 and other side with traditional caries removal method with burs. Time required for each side was recorded using a stopwatch and pain / discomfort perceived was recorded using Heft-Parker visual analogue scale.
IDA conducted Oral Cancer Screening camp across Rajasthan under the ‘Cancer Out Campaign’ in collaboration with Rajasthan Royal Cricket team of IPL, Rajasthan Government and TATA Trust. In multisector oral health screening camps, a total of 66108 people were screened and made aware about the oral health. Out of the total, 3681 people were detected with oral precancerous conditions while 46 confirmed cases were detected which were directed further for treatment in cancer hospitals.