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:
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. This is an ongoing project at the APJ centre.
Virtual heath coaching for IDA Members together with FDI World Dental Federation, University of Dundee and Queen Mary University.
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 –
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.’
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.
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.
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.