Kolkata: The West Bengal Chapter of the Indian Dental Association (IDA) celebrated Children's Day on November 14 throughout the state through various programmes.
In collaboration with Guru Nanak Institute of Dental Sciences & Research, IDA WB State Branch arranged a scientific seminar and a free dental check up cum parent education camp.
A conference was also organised for propagating the message to improve the oral hygiene of children. A dental check up camp was also organised at St Xavier's School in Kolkata where health check-up were done on the students free-of-cost and also given free kit among them for maintaining oral hygiene. The children were taught what to do and what not to do in order to maintain the oral hygiene.
The parents were also shown proper brushing technique and other methods to maintain good oral hygiene.
Dr R Ahmed Dental College, Burdwan Dental College, North Bengal Dental College and Haldia Dental College observed the day through various activities aiming to improve the oral hygiene among the children. Many local branches of Indian Dental Association also took initiative to arrange free dental check up camp in different districts of West Bengal.
It may be mentioned that the state chapter of the IDA organises various programmes every year to spread dental education among the people in general, holding community dental health camps, organising rallies, putting up posters and banners to spread awareness. It has taken a pledge to involve all IDA local branches to observe "Oral Hygiene Day" by setting up kiosks, tableaus, posters, leaflets on August 1. The IDA has also taken up a comprehensive programme called 'Continuing Dental Education' to disseminate knowledge among
Dr Raju Biswas, the state secretary of the IDA said that the main motto of the programme is to make people aware about oral hygiene and also to stress the importance in preventing related diseases. Oral hygiene is a serious issue on which the IDA has been conducting campaigns.