National Oral Health Programme

Centre for Dental Education and Research

National Centre of Excellence for Implementation of National Oral Health Programme
WHO Collaborating Centre for Oral Health Promotion

All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

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World Oral Health Day 2017 Oral Health Awareness and Screening Camp at Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Nirman Bhawan 20 – 24 March, 2017

20 Mar 2017

Centre for Dental Education and Research

All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

A Report on

World Oral Health Day 2017


World Oral Health Day was celebrated on the 20th March 2017 at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi. The occasion was graced by the presence of some of the esteemed dignitaries- Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste, Hon’ble Minister of State, Health and Family Welfare who was the Chief Guest. Also present were Director General Health Services, Dr Jagdish Prasad, Union Health Secretary, Sh. CK Mishra, the Joint Secretaries Sh. Lav Agarwal and Sh. Manoj Jhalani, Director AIIMS New Delhi Dr Balram Airan, Chief, CDER AIIMS                 Dr OP Kharbanda and some senior officials of the Ministry of Health and Welfare and AIIMS.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Lav Agarwal detailed about the activities taken up under the National Oral Health Programme so far. He mentioned about the Information, Education and Communication materials developed to increase the awareness about oral health among the public. He also hinted on the activities that can be taken up in future.

Dr Jagdish Prasad, DGHS spoke on the significance of good oral health for good overall health. He mentioned that mouth is a hub of many bacteria and if oral health is ignored, could lead to some serious systemic problems. The Union Health Secretary, Sh.CK Mishra said, integrating oral disease prevention along with other NCD programmes is the way forward.

Later, Sh. Faggan Singh, the MoS Health and Family Welfare launched the Media Kit which included the TV Spot of 40 sec duration and an animated video spot on brushing using pea size tooth paste twice a day. He also unveiled health education aids for promoting oral health among school children. These included a brushing calendar and 5 different kinds of games on oral health.

In his address, Sh. Faggan Singh said India is one among the few nations to have an exclusive programme on oral health and impressed upon the need for continued, integrated efforts for taking oral health forward.

Dr OP Kharbanda delivered the vote of thanks and thanked all the officials of the Ministry of Health and AIIMS for all the support.





The screening camp scheduled for 5 days (20-24 March 2017)at Nirman Bhawan premises was then inaugurated by the MoS Health, Sh. Faggan Singh who got an oral health check up done as well. Some of the salient features of the camp are as follows

*      718 employees at various levels of administration at Nirman Bhawan were screened for common oral diseases in the 2 dental chairs arranged.

*      The entire oral health information was recorded using the standard WHO Oral Health Assessment tool 2013.

*      The data was digitized immediately by the data entry operators and individual information confidentiality was maintained

*      An LED screen was placed outside the screening unit with videos on oral health.

*      All the infection control protocols were adhered to while performing the screening.

*      Waste Disposal was done following the Bio Medical Waste Management Protocols.

*      Brushing instructions and routine oral hygiene measures were explained to each individual and the treatment options also explained, with emphasis on prevention.

*      Tobacco cessation counseling- importance of quitting the habit, ill-effects of tobacco on oral and systemic health followed by referral to tobacco cessation clinics for review were done

*      Motivating parents to encourage healthy brushing habits, eating practices and regular visits to the dentist among their children was also done by distributing badges and stickers with attractive messages on oral health.

*      Oral cancer screening-identifying risk factors, premalignant lesions and oral cancer were a part of the screening.

*      Referral was appropriately done for those individuals with identified treatment needs.

*      A special slot for screening Media Persons was allotted as well.