Oral health promotion through schools

Why is oral health important ?

Poor oral health can have a detrimental effect on children’s performance in school and their success in later life. Children who suffer from poor oral health are 12 times more likely to have more restricted-activity days including missing school than those who do not. More than 50 million hours annually are lost from school due to oral diseases. While tooth decay (dental caries) and gum disease (inflammatory periodontal disease) are among the most prevalent or widespread conditions in human populations, other conditions such as trauma of teeth and jaws, dental erosion, developmental enamel defects and oral cancer are also important. Premature loss of deciduous (milk) teeth may lead to malalignment of the permanent (adult) teeth, impacting on an individual’s appearance. Importantly, tooth loss can affect children’s nutritional intake and, consequently, their growth and development.

 

There are also important links between oral health and general health. For example, gum disease is associated with general health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Similarly, those with complex health problems are sometimes at greater risk of oral diseases that, in turn, further complicate their overall health. Some diseases of the mouth and oral lesions may be the first signs of some life threatening diseases, such as HIV/AIDS.

Read about WHO Oral health promotion through schools here

Why focus efforts through schools ?

The school provides an ideal setting for promoting oral health. At the global level, approximately 80% of children attend primary schools and 60% complete at least four years of education, with wide variations between countries and gender. In some countries, more than 50% of children aged 7 to 14 years are out of school and less than 20% complete the first grade due to exploitation of child labour. Nonetheless, schools remain an important setting, offering an efficient and effective way to reach over 1 billion children worldwide and, through them, families and community members.

Schools can provide a supportive environment for promoting oral health.More importantly, schools may be the only place for children, who are at the highest risk of dental disease, to have access to oral health services. This is particularly true in many developing countries, compounded by a lack of dental personnel. With adequate training, school teachers can play an important role in oral health activities.

Trinity Care Foundation Oral Health Program supports oral health promotion and dental disease prevention in school-based programs for students in low-income schools from 1st standard through 10 standard [ 6 yrs to 16 yrs].

If you intended to partner or support this public health dentistry initiative in Karnataka state, India, Write ✍️ to [ support@trinitycarefoundation.org ]

Trinity Care Foundation has the Trust registration, PAN, TAN, 12A, 80G, Professional tax and FCRA. It is registered with NITI Ayog, Government of India. It is National Health Mission Partner in Karnataka, India.

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Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) 2003 Specified Siganges for Public Information

Prohibition of Smoking in Public Places- Section 4 of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003(COTPA):

Who can download?

Owner, Perpetrator, Manager, Supervisor or in charge of the affairs of a Public Place is responsible to display this signage.

Where to install the Signage?

• Entrance(on every floor of the public place) of the public place
• All conspicuous places inside
• Staircase and entrance to the lift at each floor
Please note: If anyone in-charge of the public place fails to display such signages they are liable to pay fine (up to Rs. 200) equivalent to the number of individual offences.

Specification of the Board:

1) The board shall be of a minimum size of 60cm by 30cm of white background.
2) It shall contain a circle of not less than 15cm outer diameter with a red perimeter of not less than 3cm wide with the picture, in the center of the cigarette or Bidi with black smoke and crossed by a red band.
3) The width of the red band across the cigarette shall equal width of the red perimeter.
4) The board shall contain the warning “no smoking area-smoking here is an offence “, In English or one Indian language, as applicable.
5) Name, designation and contact number of in charge person should be mention below the signage (minimum size of 60cm by 15 cm of white background).

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