Year : 2019 | Volume
: 37 | Issue : 3 | Page : 223-
It's time for creative solutions: Collaborations
Sudhindra M. Baliga
Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Sharad Pawar Dental College, Wardha, Maharashtra, India
Dr. Sudhindra M. Baliga
Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Sharad Pawar Dental College, Wardha, Maharashtra
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Baliga SM. It's time for creative solutions: Collaborations.J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent 2019;37:223-223
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Oral health is an integral and essential part of general health. Therefore, it can be emphasized that there exists a critical need in the society to develop collaborative partnerships at all levels for disease prevention and oral health promotion. Collaborative understanding between two or more professions, termed interprofessional education, is the need of the hour today and has emerged to be an important global factor for the promotion of oral health.
There exists substantial evidence in the literature pointing to an interrelationship between oral health and systemic disease. In view of this, dental graduates today are required to foster and function in a multidisciplinary team approach. Essentially, individuals and institutions shouldering responsibility of training the future generations of dental graduates should take educational initiatives in this regard. Isolation of the dental education system in terms of the curricula and faculty involved in educating and training dental health professionals has been perceived to be one of the major hindrances for dental education.
The “Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General” reports on the existing disparities in oral health in vulnerable population and its social impact. The article reports that each year, more than 51 million school hours is lost related to dental illness. There exists a need today to address disparities in health through medical, dental, and other professional collaborations.
In most of the dental schools, a steady decline in the pediatric patient pool has been seen. Several factors may be responsible for decrease in the patient numbers, including the location of dental schools, especially in urban areas where access to dentists or corporate dental units is easier and abundant. Therefore, it is time for dental schools to check for collaborations with private or corporate healthcare providers to get access to their robust patient pool. There are other advantages such as getting access to a larger body of patient data for research and access to advanced care and behavior management fostering an environment to develop into a more competent clinician.
A notable implication of a gap or disparity in dental–medical education systems is to emphasize on disease prevention. An ideal population where collaborations targeting oral health promotion through disease prevention can work is in the pediatric age group. At a very young age, maximum benefits of disease prevention and oral health promotion can be achieved. In addition, children are dependent on their families for seeking professional healthcare or homecare. Promotion of child's oral health can be made wherever needed such as in schools and day-care centers. It is also a good idea to include oral health counseling in primary healthcare centers in addition to health counseling.
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|2||Townsend J, Tate A, Brickhouse T, Casamassimo PS, Wright R. Competition or collaboration: Exploring the Relationship between Corporate Dentistry and Dental Training Programs. Chicago, IL: Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry; 2016.|