Journal of Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry

: 2016  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 107-

President's Message

SS Hiremath 
 President, IAPHD, Senior Professor and Head, Department of Public Health Dentistry, The Oxford Dental College, Hospital and Research Centre, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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S S Hiremath
President, IAPHD, Senior Professor and Head, Department of Public Health Dentistry, The Oxford Dental College, Hospital and Research Centre, Bengaluru, Karnataka

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Warm greetings,

I am happy that many activities of IAPHD at both head office level and state levels are going on satisfactorily. All of us were eagerly waiting to attend the forthcoming 10th National PG Convention to be held on 8–10th of July 2016 at Virajpet.

The prevalence and distribution of noncommunicable diseases including oral health diseases are a huge public health concern. Inequity exists in the oral health service delivery and a huge is burden placed on the public health system to deliver adequate and appropriate oral health services. It is increasingly important that oral health care providers should be aware of the fact that long-term treatment success or failure depends on their ability to establish and maintain an effective preventive program, especially when taking into account today's rapidly increasing elderly population. Thus, oral health and well-being across the Indian population can be achieved by improving the oral health status and reducing the burden of oral diseases. Public Health Dentistry should take an active role and spearhead the move along with other specialties in dentistry.

I am sure that all of us are getting ready to celebrate World No Tobacco Day on May 13, 2016. The theme for this year is “Get ready for plain packaging.” Plain packaging of tobacco products is an important demand reduction measure. Plain packaging builds on other measures as a part of comprehensive multisectorial approach to tobacco control. Policymakers, civil society, and public can take action to guarantee that their governments consider adoption of plain packaging. Let us work together and take up this mission for effective message on tobacco and its health hazards in the public. Hence, there is a need to consolidate our activities at the local and state level to take up effective and meaningful community oral health programs.

I am very happy to know that the Dental Council of India is proposing to increase the number of senior lecturers in each unit of PG curriculum in the forthcoming MDS regulation. This move will definitely to an extent solve the scarcity of jobs for senior lecturers across the country. Let us work together for overall development and well-being of our profession.

Wishing you all a great time ahead.

With warm regards.