Odisha government’s 20 New Hospitals to have dental department

Odisha government has decided to set up 20 new hospitals at an estimated investment of Rs 1,000 crore in the public private partnership (PPP) mode.

The hospitals will be opened in Hub and Spoke models under the Affordable Health care Project of the State Government.

The decision in this regard was taken at a high level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here.

The hospitals will be opened in 11 high priority districts under Odisha Health Service Investment policy-2016 The new hospitals will come up in Puri, Jeypore, Angul, Barbil, Baripada, Bhadrak, Balangir, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi, Phulbani, Dhenkanal, Boudh, Nuapada, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Sonepur, Rayagada, Paralakhemundi, Rairangpur and Kendrapara.

Along with other medical specialties these hospitals will have dental department.

In an era where it is estimated , that by , 2020 there will be 100,000 unemployed dentists in India, such a move by a state government is welcomed by the dental fraternity of India. DentistryUnited urges all state governments and the central government to open dental units at PHU , PHC and district hospitals which fall under its jurisdiction. Added to it opening of dental research centers by the central government may help further to improve the dental health of the country.

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Kerala State Dental Council Set To Introduce Additional Registration For Dental Clinics & Labs

The Dentists already have been following the guidelines , seeking licences and registering with the concerned DHO of the area as per the Clinical Establishment Act of India – 2010 . The Kerala state dental council in its move to improve patient safety and transparency is going ahead with the new registration where the dentist will need to furnish – address and ownership status of the clinic,  dental educational qualifications, registration status with the council, details of other licenses/ permission obtained from other authorities.

In case of registration for laboratory, an applicant will have to mention the number of dental mechanics employed in the lab, number of dental mechanics registered with KDC and number of dentists employed, among others.

The dental fraternity is well aware of the fact that the state of Kerala has one of the highest number of dental practices in the country and hosts patients who seek treatment from around the world as part of dental tourism. Added to this some of the biggest dental labs of the country are from Kerala.

The reaction of dentists is mixed as many feel that this is just another additional procedure to run a practice. Whereas the labs may have difficulty as there are few labs that are run by non qualified technicians all over the country.

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Classification Of Periodontal & Peri‐implant Diseases and Conditions – A Summary

World Workshop on the Classification of Periodontal and Peri‐implant Diseases and Conditions was held in Chicago on November 9 to 11, 2017

Classification of Periodontal diseases has evolved over the last few decades with the emergence of strong scientific evidence related to its initiation and progression.

World workshops of 1989 classified periodontal diseaseson the basis of several distinct clinical presentations, different ages of onset and rates of progression into prepubertal, juvenile (localized and generalized), adult, and rapidly progressive. The 1993 European Workshop simplified the classification of periodontitis into two major headings-adult and early onset periodontitis. Majorchanges were made in the 1999World workshop for classification of periodontal diseases as chronic, aggressive (localized and generalized), necrotizingand as a manifestation of systemic disease. This system has been in use for nearly last two decades. With the emergence of substantial new strongest scientific evidence globally, from population studies, basic science investigations, a need for modification of the existing system of classification arose, paving a path for the World Workshop on the Classification of Periodontal and Peri‐implant Diseases and Conditions in 2017.

Link To The JCP Publication 

Modifications from the previous classification:

  • Consistent with current knowledgeon pathophysiology, three forms of periodontitis can be identified:
  1. Necrotizing periodontitis,
  2. Periodontitis as a manifestation of systemic disease, and
  3. Periodontitis which includes the forms of the disease previously recognized as “chronic” or “aggressive”
  • The workshop further characterized the classification of periodontitis based on a multidimensional staging and grading system
  • Stages: Based on Severity and complexity of management
  1. Stage I: Initial Periodontitis
  2. Stage II: Moderate Periodontitis
  3. Stage III: Severe Periodontitis with potential for additional tooth loss
  4. Stage IV: Severe Periodontitis with potential for loss of dentition
  • Extent of distribution: Localised, Generalised, molar-incisor distribution
  • Grades: Evidence or risk of rapid progression
  1. Grade A – Slow rate of progression
  2. Grade B – moderate rate of progression,
  3. Grade C – Rapid rate of progression)
  • A new classification for periimplant diseases and conditions:
  1. Peri-implant health
  2. Peri-implant mucositis
  3. Peri-implantitis
  4. Peri-implant soft and hard tissue deficiencies

Dr. Harsha M B MDS

Professor and Head,

Department of Periodontology and Implantology,

Sri Hasananba Dental College and Hospital, Hassan – 573202

Karnataka, India

When Your Patient Follows Your Footsteps To Become An Orthodontist

Few of us, the dentists, who have practiced more than 2 decades end up seeing our own former patients who end up being dentists and specialists. Great is the feeling when they tell you that you inspired them to be a dental professional.

Such an instance happened in the life of Dr. Dean Evans, an orthodontist who practices in Virginia for past 37 years.

Dr. Crowe  was Evans’ patient roughly 15 years ago and he acknowledged that Evans is who ultimately inspired him to become an orthodontist. Crowe and Evans, proceeded to stay in touch through the years as Crowe applied to dental school and orthodontics residency where he  graduated from West Virginia University.

Later Dr. Crowe  asked Evans if I would be interested in selling the practice,& Evans  decided to sell it as he is close to retirement to Crowe due to his personal integrity and character.

Source-Washingtonpost

No Stipend Paid: 150 Kerala state MDS students move court

Close to 150 MDS students have approached the Kerala High Court demanding  non-payment of stipend by self-financing medical colleges, at par with government colleges.

Advocate TRS Kumar the petitioner according to TOI mentioned dental colleges conducting PG courses in Kerala but these colleges are not paying monthly stipend to students despite making the students work in their hospitals for 10 hours a day. This is a problem what many MDS students have been facing over the decades. Many private dental colleges do not pay stipend and the students have financial insecurity and issues thereby.

Dental Council Of India had fixed the monthly Stipend to MDS students of 1st ,2nd and 3rd year at Rs.43K, Rs.44K& Rs.45K respectively, in the year 2016.

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