International Journal of Oral Health Sciences

EDITORIAL
Year
: 2018  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 59-

Editorial


GP Sujatha 
 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Bapuji Dental College and Hospital, Davangere, Karnataka, India

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G P Sujatha
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Bapuji Dental College and Hospital, Davangere, Karnataka
India




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Dear Alumnus,

Two things make health-care professionals do their job well: skills and resources.

Dental education may need to refocus on delivering curricula with a special emphasis on the needs of our aging community and producing students with skills in how to understand and address the respective issues and challenges.[1],[2]

The proportion of older people is rising tremendously when compared to the other age groups. Approximately 600 million people in the world are aged 60 years and above, and this number will double by the year 2025.[3] This number will rise to 2 billion by the year 2050, with almost 80% living in the developing countries. The geriatric population which comprises 7.7% of the total population suggests that India is in a phase of demographic transition. In India, elderly population constitutes 8.2% of the total population. Today, about 8.5% of the population worldwide are aged 65 and above.[4] This population of dental patients has different treatment needs than younger patients.

Keeping this in mind, the Karnataka state government has decided to provide free dentures to the senior citizens with complete tooth loss (aged 60 or above) belonging to the below-poverty-line families. The state government has involved 45 government and private dental colleges in the state to implement the Danta Bhagya scheme. The accredited social health activist workers have been given the responsibility of identifying the needy senior citizens and linking them with the dental colleges for getting free dentures. The Danta Bhagya scheme is one of its kind and has a huge potential to improve the oral health-related quality of life of older adults, especially who belongs to the lower socioeconomic status and are underserved.[5]

It is time for academicians to create a world where social justice is valued and promote geriatric dentistry education. This could be accomplished by refocusing our direction in terms of models of care and geriatric dental education. This involves bringing together multidisciplinary groups to facilitate the integration of an interprofessional health-care team to review the public health implications, government support, and leadership, which is the need of the hour.

The guiding principle of the IJOHS journal is to lead dental professionals to newer thinking in line with the 21st century, with content that is sound in principle and science. In executing these principles, we endeavor to build a community of sharing among dental researchers, teachers, students, and practitioners to improve dental health around the globe.

Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love. It is not how much you do, but much love you put into the doing that matters.

May this New Year bring many opportunities your way, to explore every joy of life and turning all your dreams into reality and all your efforts into great achievements. Wishing you a great year ahead 2019!!!!!

References

1MacEntee MI. The educational challenge of dental geriatrics. J Dent Educ 2010;74:13-9.
2Slack-Smith LM, Hearn L, Wilson DF, Wright F. Geriatric dentistry, teaching and future directions. Aust Dent J 2015;60 Suppl 1:125-30.
3He W, Daniel G, Paul K. An Aging: 2015. United States Census Bureau; 2016. p. 1-137.
4Government of India. Elderly in India. Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation Central Statistics Office. Government of India; 2016. p. 9.
5Benjamin N, Umashankar GK, Rani V, Rukmini JN. Evaluation of Danta Bhagya Yojane: A flagship programme of government of Karnataka. IOSR J Dent Med Sci 2018;17:56-60. Available from: http://www.iosrjournals.org. [Last accessed on 2018 Oct 25].