Indian Dental Association,
WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY PROGRAM MAY 31ST
Oral Cancer is the 8th most
common cancer in the world & number one in males in India
90% of his cancer is caused by the use of tobacco, making
tobacco the cause of second highest preventable death, in
India. Most of the present day tobacco users, both smoking &
smokeless, are those who started using the tobacco products
in their adolescent age.Use of tobacco & the diagnosis of
oral cancer is most of the time first detected by dentists,
giving us a very important role in the prevention of this
fatal disease. It is imperative that the message against
this fatal habit should begin with us.
Hence Indian Dental
Association, Madras Branch has coordinated with City Dental
Colleges to train students in implementing tobacco-control
measures (as fixed by the State Tobacco Control Cell,
Govt of Tamil Nadu) to certify these colleges ‘Tobacco-
College, Meenakshi Dental College,SRM Dental College, Balaji
Dental College, Sri Ramachandra Dental College, Saveetha
Dental College and Sri Venkateshwara Dental College, have
complied with the norms and were certified
‘Tobacco-Free’ by the Union Health Minister Honourable Dr.
Anbumani Ramdoss at a function on may 31st 2008,
Saturday at Cancer Institute, Adyar.
Association, Madras Branch in coordination with
Tobacco Cessation Centre, Cancer Institute (WIA), Tamil Nadu
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India & World
Health Organization (WHO), is taking the lead in Tobacco
Cessation and Control.
A full day programme
was conducted on May 31st – “No Tobacco day”. In
the morning, competitions, among dental students of Chennai
city colleges were held.The program was held on
31st May 2008 at
Cancer Institute (WIA), Sardar
Patel Road , Chennai.
various criteria for Tobacco/ Smoke Free Medical and
Dental Colleges issued by the State Tobacco Control
Cell and Directorate of Public Health and Preventive
No Sale of tobacco inside the premises of the
No smoking or chewing of tobacco inside
the premises of the institution.
Display of sign boards( No smoking Area – Smoking
here is an Offence) of 6030cm size inside the institution.
No Sale of tobacco in the radius of within
100 yards of the educational institution.
Posters that give information about the ill
effects of tobacco displayed inside the
Having a copy of COPT Act 2003 and rules 2004.
Display of sign boards “Sale of tobacco
products around the institution within 100 yards
is banned” prominently near the maingate in outside
wall face of the institution.
Setting up and running a Tobacco Cessation Clinic in
the institution premises.
College Competitions were held on this occasion which
included Oratorical competition , Slogan
Painting competition ,
Quiz Competition ,
,Poster Presentation ,
Essay Competition. Certificate of
participation were given to all participants,
certificates and cups were distributed to all the winners,
Meenakshi Ammal Dental College got the Overall best college
The program was
Presided by Dr.Senthil MP (advisor m Tamil Nadu Control
Coalation) , Welcome address Dr.T.Rajkumar
New species of Oral Bacteria -Prevotella
International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
reported a publication by Professor William Wade from King's College
London Dental Institute.These bacteria were found in both normal and
carcinogenic oral cavities. Prevotella Histicola are anaerobic,
variably pigmenting, Gram-negative
bacilli producing acetic acid & succinic acid as major
end products of fermentation and trace to minor amounts
of isovaleric acid and lactic acid. The paper has been published by
Julia Downes and William wade of King's College London Dental
Institute at Guy's, King's College and St Thomas' Hospitals,
Infection Research Group, London & Samuel J. Hooper & Melanie J.
Wilson of Cardiff University School of Dentistry.
2 ADA's joint symposium concludes
a crucial relationship between Diabetes , periodontal health
and cardiovascular disease
The first joint symposium of the two ADAs – the American Dental
Association and the American Diabetes Association – at the annual
scientific sessions of the American Diabetes Association said the
close relationship between Diabetes and Periodontal health .The
speakers said that Diabetes appears to induce periodontal
disease or cause it to worsen in some patients, but periodontal
disease seems to worsen glycaemic control. Periodontal disease also
seems to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke and,
when present in pregnant women, to increase the risk of
low-birth-weight babies.Lewis .F. Rose of the university of
Pennsylvania ,(who was one of 18 physicians, dentists, and other
independent experts who convened in Scottsdale, Arizona, in April
2007 to review the strength of the evidence for the associations
among periodontitis, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. The
participants in the Scottsdale Project conducted a systematic review
of 118 published articles in an attempt to answer eight focused
questions) was one of the speakers at the symposium. This result has
indicated a crucial role of dentists in taking care of
systemic health of their patients , in
their limited period of diagnostic appointment .