Associate Professor, Department of Periodontics and Community Dentistry, Aligarh Muslim University, India
*Corresponding Author: Neha Agarwal, Associate Professor, Department of Periodontics and Community Dentistry, Aligarh Muslim University, India.
Received: November 23, 2017; Published: December 01, 2017
Citation: Neha Agarwal. “Oral Health Promotion in Preschool Children”. Acta Scientific Dental Sciences 2.1 (2018).
Oral health is fundamental to general health and well-being. A healthy mouth enables an individual to speak, eat and socialize without experiencing active disease, discomfort or embarrassment. Children who suffers from poor health are 12 times more likely to have restricted activity days than those who do not . Oral diseases are the commonest chronic diseases and are amongst the most expensive diseases to treat [2,3]. Although oral health can be regarded as a fundamental human right, inequalities in oral health continue to exist globally . The effect of untreated caries on the growth and wellbeing of children often remains ignored . Oral diseases affect the quality of life of children and account for pain, impaired aesthetics, recurrent infections, eating troubles, sleeping difficulties, emergency visits to dentists and hospitals, poor ability to learn, insufficient nutrition, and improper growth and development . Dental caries affects children socially as well as psychologically. Furthermore, treating dental caries in children is expensive due not only to the direct costs of treatment but also the indirect costs such as the time taken off by the parents to take the child to a dentist .
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