Mangaluru: The National Service Scheme Unit -1 of Yenepoya Dental College, organised the annual special camp program “Healthy Smiles”- A school oral health program at the Red Camels School on 19 July.
The Chief Guest Eshwar, BEO, Mangalore South, stressed the importance of oral health and stressed the importance of regular checkups. Dr Sham S Bhat, Dean Yenepoya Dental College, emphasized the importance of regular check-ups and frequent visits to the dentist for good oral health. Dr Ashwini Shetty, NSS Program Coordinator, Yenepoya Deemed to be University advised all the children to take care of their teeth.
Dr Imran Pasha M, NSS Program Officer, briefed on the Healthy Smiles school oral health program which includes oral health awareness, toothbrushing demonstration program with pit and fissure application, topical fluoride application and restorative procedures. The team of the NSS Volunteers of the YDC conducted quizzes and distributed certificates of participation. Prizes were distributed.
All the camp participants were given a pen and pencil as part of the activities. The students were given the blanket referral card for further treatments, which is to be returned to the school teachers for further assessments.
A total of 272 school children from the UKG to 10th Standard received oral health treatment and will be on a regular follow with the NSS Team Volunteers of the Yenepoya Dental College. A total of 29 students were given oral prophylaxis,15 fluoride applications, 16 sealant applications, and 22 glass ionomer restorations.
The Departments of Public Health Dentistry, Pedodontics, Orthodontics, Oral Pathology and Prosthodontics extended support for the program. Mohammed Nawaz, Chairman of Redcarmels Group of Institutions, Bharath, PRO Yenepoya Dental College, Dr Praveena N, and Dr Lydia, postgraduate students of Department of Public Health Dentistry were present.