SCHOOLS GET WATER WITHOUT FLUORIDATION: SURVEY
‘High prevalence of dental caries found among students’
Tangmarg: Students studying in schools here have a high prevalence of dental caries as the drinking water is supplied by the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department to these educational institutions without fluoridation, a recent survey has revealed.
The survey ‘School Dental Health Screening Programme in Tangmarg’ was undertaken by the HOD Public Health Dentistry and Principal Dental College in collaboration with the Block Medical Administration.
The objective of the survey was to know the prevalence of dental caries among school children of 5-15 age group and determine the fluoride levels in drinking water and educate children about dental health.
The survey carried by Dr. Faisal Arshad and Dr. Shamshada, interns of the Government Dental College Srinagar selected 19 schools by random sampling covering far flung areas of Tangmarg like Badrekoot, Alpathri, Ghaniwean, Pati-Heer, Namblinaar, Gogaladara.
The interns collected the drinking water samples and got them tested at the Central
Water Testing Lab Srinagar.
On the basis of the report, the survey revealed that drinking water to the schools was supplied without fluoridation causing high prevalence of dental caries in Tangmarg.
“The caries prevalence was found to be 4.5 on a caries scale (DMFT scale) which is much higher than recommended by World Health Organisation i.e below three which is considered normal for any region. The caries index of 4.5 is estimated to double five times in 10 years
if proper methods for its prevention are not done. Presently only two dentists are posted at the Sub District Hospital Tangmarg serving the population of Tangmarg block,” the survey revealed.
“There is need for water fluoridation in the area to decrease prevalence of caries besides increasing dentist-population ratio and regular dental awareness programmers in the block.
It states that the water fluoridation of Gogaldara School was found well in range as the water is supply to it from a spring in the area, it states.
“During our survey many other things got revealed regarding the status of drinking water. We also got the microbiological analysis of water during the cholera outbreak in the area. We informed the authorities about the findings and action was taken immediately in this regard,” the interns state in the report.
COMPILED BY AHMAD KASHMIRI
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