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Dr Devaiah Mapangada

Veteran dentist Dr Devaiah Mapangada is founder and Chief Medical Officer of MobiDent, the portable dental clinic that comes to homes.

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90% of India Don’t Care about Their Oral Health

It should be a No.1 priority – after all nobody likes bad breath and rotting teeth

Mouth is a gateway to the human body. Taking good care of your oral health is vital to your overall wellness. For most of us, dental care is something we’ve been doing since before we could walk or talk yet it’s not one of the first things we consider when thinking of overall wellness. The human body is a complex system, with many little parts that interact with each other to perform a specific function. No part of the human body works alone. The mouth although its own habitat, directly relates to the rest of the body. Dental problems are not isolated issues and it can have a severe impact on other parts of the body.

The fast paced lifestyle of urban families and their eating patterns are the primary reasons for teeth related issues among children. Junk food, sweetened drinks and an abundance of milk and chocolate based products are the sources for widespread dental problems like gum infection, plaque/ tartar and tooth decay among children.Teaching your child proper oral care at a young age is an investment in his or her health that will pay lifelong dividends. Good Health begins with a healthy mouth. Brushing, cleaning between the teeth, tongue cleaning and a regular visit to the dentist are some of the ways in which parents can maintain their child’s oral hygiene.

Adolescents and young adults have to be cautious about their lifestyle choices. Sugary drinks, smoking and junk food can significantly impact the health of your teeth. Bad breath, discolouration of teeth, gum diseases and teeth sensitivity are some of the common problems faced by adults. Taking care of your teeth in your 20s and 30s can help prevent serious health problems later on. Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop and is less painful than treating conditions that have been allowed to progress.

Preventive dental care remains important at any age. Issues that affect the mouth can increase or worsen as you grow older. Dry mouth, tooth loss and poor denture care are some of the problems faced by senior citizens. For those having dentures, it’s important to have a clean mouth and regular visits to the dentists.

Taking care of your teeth is important at every age – not just for oral health, but for lifelong general health. Bad oral hygiene may lead to heart disease, respiratory infections and diabetic complications. Ensuring dental health across the lifespan requires meticulous oral hygiene, balanced nutrition, healthy lifestyle and regular visits to the dentist.

However in India, oral hygiene and preventive dental care is neglected by 90 percent of the population. Lack of awareness about dental care is a serious issue. According to the WHO (World Health Organisation) a child must visit a dentist twice a year and an adult once a year. Preventive dental checkups are a rarity in India.

There are many who dread going to the dentist because of anxiety and fear. Expensive dental care, lack of time, low awareness towards oral hygiene and preventive dental care are the primary factors preventing many people from getting regular dental checkups. But let’s face it, most of us lead busy lives and rarely find the time to make regular appointments with the dentist.

To meet the needs of people with a busy lifestyle, I founded MobiDent. From my decades of experience as a dentist, it’s a simple yet effective solution. MobiDent’s “Dental clinic in a suitcase” is the first and one of its kind innovation and I hope will make oral hygiene and preventive dental protection inexpensive easily accessible to more and more Indians.

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