Punjab launches dental care services programme

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Chandigarh, Aug 18 (uni) In order to ensure oral health hygiene in and to provide on-the-spot diagnostic preventive interceptive and cure at the doorstep, the Punjab government has launched the Dental Health Care Services.

The services will also cover school children and their teachers.

Well equipped Mobile Dental Clinic Vans will move to the remote areas to provide these services to all sections of society.

Disclosing this here today Health Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla said that this programme was launched with an objective to bring down the incidence of oral and dental diseases to less than 40 per cent. This will also bring down the Decayed Missed Filled Teeth (DMFT) in school children in the age group of 6-12 years.

The minister also said that 354 new dental clinics would be opened to cater to the rural population in Punjab.

To generate awareness in the people, Dental Health Education Training to all the primary school teachers, medical and paramedical personnel would be imparted by the government and regular special dental health fortnights would be organised all over the state, she said.

In order to impart training to dentists an Advanced Dental Training and Research Centre has been established at Mohali.

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