Hyderabad: Dental and oral ailments are fast emerging as a silent threat and could potentially overtake obesity and heart ailments in next five years, if immediate interventions are not made, said expert dental surgeons from Clove Dental on Tuesday.
During the inaugural of 300th Clove Dental Clinic at Chintal in Hyderabad, the doctors said that large section of the population was ignorant about dental ailments. Moreover, accessing dental healthcare facilities in the country too was a major issue, said CEO of Clove Dental, Amarinder Singh.
“India has large number of dentists but the infrastructure is woefully inadequate. Sub-standard and unhygienic clinics only add to the problem,” said Singh. The Clove Dental clinic was inaugurated remotely during a conclave in which over 350 dentists from across the country were present.
Doctors said lack of quality infrastructure and adequate training to dental graduates was also a major challenge to dentistry. Against a WHO recommended dentist to population ratio of one dentist for 7,500 persons, the ratio in India is one dentist for 10,271 persons.
The dental surgeons said the Indian subcontinent accounts for one third of the global burden of cancers of lip and oral cavity. Cancers of mouth and tongue, taken together, overshadow cancer of lung.