CHANDIGARH,04.09.21-The Oral Health Sciences Centre (OHSC) PGIMER in collaboration with the National Health Mission (NHM), Haryana organized a training program on oral health promotion for Dental surgeons of Haryana state wherein Dental Surgeons from 9 districts of Haryana, namely Bhiwani, Faridabad, Charkhi Dadri,Mahendergarh, Rewari, Gurugram, Rohtak, Palwal, Jhajjar participated.

Training on application of pit & fissure sealants for the prevention of dental decay in children was provided. This embarked the beginning of a pit & fissure sealant application program for children in these 9 districts.

Speaking at the event, the chief guest Dr B.K. Rajora (Director Administration, NHM Haryana) emphasized on the important role of oral health in maintenance of the general health and congratulated the PGIMER team for initiating this program.

Prof. G D Puri (Dean Academic, PGIMER), the Guest of Honour applauded the Oral Health Sciences Centre for being at the forefront for the last 35 years in carrying out oral health promotion activities for the masses.

Prof Gauba (Head, OHSC, PGIMER) welcomed the gathering and briefed about the vision of the program which intended to create a pool of master trainers for the dental surgeons and health workers of Haryana.

Prof Ashima Goyal (Senior Professor, OHSC-PGIMER) highlighted on the importance of primary prevention of oral diseases especially among the children wherein positive behaviours towards oral health can be instilled at an early age.

Dr Aneetha(State Nodal Officer, National Oral Health Programme)shared that a similar training program was initially organised for dental surgeons of 4 districts of Haryana,this was the second in the series for 9 districts and in the third phase the remaining districts would be covered. T

The application of dental sealants in prevention of dental caries in school children was highlighted. Toolkits for Oral Health Promotion consisting of a handbook on Pit and Fissure sealant application, a manual for health workers on oral health promotion, oral health education posters and a tooth model for demonstrating ideal brushing technique were distributed to the participants for use in their respective districts.