Teachers of Kendriya Vidyalayas will be trained in oral health so that they can sensitise students about the significance of oral hygiene and healthy eating habits.
In a first-of-its-kind initiative by the Centre for Dental Education and Research at AIIMS, one such training workshop in collaboration with the Union health ministry was held recently, officials said.
Studies suggest that, children with poor oral health were almost 4 times more likely to miss school due to dental pain or infection and have a higher likelihood of poor school performance.
“This is the first time that AIIMS, New Delhi has initiated capacity building on-site for teachers across India and select them as master trainers,” said Dr OP Kharbanda.
“They will carry the knowledge back to their respective schools and train more groups of teachers and sensitise students about the significance of oral health and dental hygiene,” he elaborated.