BUMDC CELEBRATES ‘SMILE FOR LIFE’
WOHD is an international day celebrated globally on 20th March which aims to heighten oral health awareness and encourage everyone from individual to community level, dental professionals and health care providers to reduce the prevalence of all forms of oral diseases. This year the theme for WOHD was ‘Smile for life’.
In Pakistan, this day was celebrated at a countrywide level to promote the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene in order to have a healthy mouth. As BUMDC has always played a prominent role in facilitating patients with oral health care needs, the dental section held its 2ndcelebration of WOHD from 19thMarch to 20th March, focusing on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases endemic in our community to reinforce the importance of oral healthcare. The campaign involved participation from faculty members, students and general public in collaboration with Shield.
The activities included a two-day free dental checkup at the dental opd which engaged faculty from every department and attracted a good number of patients. Patients were screened for caries, periodontal disease, tooth loss and other oral conditions along with the provision of free counseling and treatment. Moreover,oral hygiene kits were distributed among the patients.
A seminar was conducted on 19th of March attended by entire faculty members and students. The program was hosted by Dr.Nida Siddique, Incharge Oral Biology. Opening address was given by Dr.Syed Faizan, Lecturer in Oral Surgery, followed by presentations on ‘Prevention of Oral Diseases’ by Dr.Kulsoom Fatima Vice Principal and HOD Community Dentistry, ‘Oral Conditions in Life of a Woman’ by Dr.Saifullah Khan, Senior Registrar Oral medicine in Ziauddin Dental Hospital and ‘Smile for Life’ by Safia Anwar, student of 3rd year BDS, who gave a brief overview of the current outreach programs conducted by BUMDC to educate the local community on preventive measures and prioritize oral health and healthy lifestyle to conserve dentition for life.
The program ended with the presidential address of Prof. Dr.Zubair Abbasi, Principal Dental Section and HOD Oral Surgery. Director General Adm (Retd) Tehseenullaah Khan presented honorary shields to the key speakers.