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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 327-328

Indian pediatric dentistry blueprint for 2020

Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Sharad Pawar Dental College, Sawangi (M), Wardha, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication16-Oct-2018

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Dr. Sudhindra M Baliga
Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Sharad Pawar Dental College, Sawangi (M), Wardha, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/JISPPD.JISPPD_277_18

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As we see the future of Pediatric dentistry in India, a tactical plan for 2020 should be the platform for oral health into the next decade. As the policymakers, we should outline the goals for pediatric oral health services to improve the current state of pediatric dental practices in India.

Some key points to be observed in this regard which are adopted from AAPDs strategic plan[1] include as follows:

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All pediatric dentistry providers should have adequate knowledge, skill, and proficiency to provide safe, effective, and evidence-based oral health care for children. They should promote collective reception of anticipatory guidance and preventive oral health care in a dental home beginning no later than age one. The policymakers should provide continuing clinical education that meets the changing needs of patients. The clinicians should employ risk assessment and tailored interventions for oral health care. In addition, access to appropriate oral health care for all children and persons with special health care needs should be taken up. The barriers to access and quality care should be recognized and addressed.

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Pediatric oral health services should magnify its scope to better address children's oral health needs all over the country, especially in remote areas for the benefit of the community. There should be an increase in public and governmental awareness and education regarding pediatric oral health strategies. Research should be supported for oral disease prevention and evidence-based care in all practice settings to provide high standards of optimal care.

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We should encourage training of the dental professionals, national policymakers, and parents about serious issues affecting child oral health in India. Education programs for the public should be taken up on key children's oral health topics through public service messages, news, and media as well as local services. This information should be exchanged with other healthcare and children's organizations for the benefit of the community. Also, we need to develop, promote, and maintain optimal care through oral health policies and clinical practice guidelines relevant to pedodontics in India.

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A resourceful and effectual governance structure should be recognized that incorporates a variety of experiences so that all viewpoints are represented. The services should anticipate and respond effectively to changes in the clinical and scientific environment. Development and setting of annual research agenda and recognition and monitoring of organizations involved in research in children's oral health issues should be carried out.

Thus, the Indian pediatric dental practice would get a facelift with adequate governance and leadership through strategic planning. This, however, does require a multitude of changes, acceptances, and approaches from the government, the central council, ISPPD, and national organizations for pediatric oral health in India.

Nevertheless, as Aristotle quoted, “Well begun is half done.”

   References Top

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Strategic Plan 2020. Pediatr Dent 2017;39:8-9.  Back to cited text no. 1

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