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Importance of oral health and hygiene

During a special guest lecture at ACFA, Dr Anju Sharma, Dental Surgeon at Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, highlights how healthy teeth help in boosting confidence and keeping our personalities happy



Several research indicates that good oral hygiene can prevent tooth rot, gum infections and bad breath. In fact, infections that begin in your mouth can often lead to serious health problems. 

Some of the surveys also highlighted that about 85% to 90% of adults in India have dental cavities, along with about 60 to 80% of children. Also, around 30% of children have misaligned jaws and teeth. Therefore, complete access to information about dental health and how to maintain one’s oral hygiene are imperative. 

Realising the importance of the same, the Departments of Beauty Culture and Cosmetology as well as Home Science at College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar, recently organised a special guest session on ‘Oral Hygiene’. 

The special session was addressed by Dr Anju Sharma, a BDS (Cal), F.I.C.D (USA), and Dental Surgeon at Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi. While addressing the students Dr Anju said, “Taking care of our teeth and mouth is very important for our personality. We should take care of it right from childhood, in order to protect them from any problems in future. This can be done by proper brushing methods and at proper time. Plus, we should go and get our teeth checked by the doctor from time to time, so that we can maintain our health and take care of the problems if any at the right time.” 

The insightful session witnessed enthusiastic participation from Apeejay students. 

“I consider oral health and hygiene to be extremely important because if we don’t take care of our oral health, it can have a negative impact on our overall health. A healthy mouth with a good sweet smile boosts one’s overall well-being and self-esteem. I am thankful to our college for organising this workshop and making us aware about the importance of oral hygiene,” Rishita, a first-year BA student.

A B Voc (Beauty, Culture & Cosmetology) student, Anchal added,  “It’s so true that our face is the first and foremost identification of our personality. A healthy smile thus makes the personality shine. So it’s important to consider oral health and hygiene as an integral part of our routine. ‘A healthy smile to look prettier’. The resource person explained everything related to oral hygiene in detail and it was a fruitful session.” 

Dr Neerja Dhingra, Principal at ACFA, further expressed her views by adding, “Oral health is very important for all of us, whether it is a child, an adult or an elderly, all of us need to maintain it. Many times we don’t visit a dentist which adds to the dental issue and that is why it is mandatory to consult a doctor timely.”

She also appreciated Ms. Meenal Sandhu, HOD, Beauty Culture and Cosmetology and Ms. Monika Anand, HOD, Home Science for organising such an insightful lecture.

Harshita is Assistant Editor at Apeejay newsroom. With experience in both the Media and Public Relations (PR) world, she has worked with Careers360, India Today and Value360 Communications. A learner by nature, she is a foodie, traveller and believes in having a healthy work-life balance.

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