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What Is Causing Indians To Neglect Oral Health Issues: Culture or Cost

Before reading this article, I recommend you guzzle an ample draft of a hot/cold beverage of your choice; if you experience minor or severe pain in your teeth as you drink then this article is specially made for you, if it doesn’t then it may prove useful to you or your loved ones in future. The purpose of this article is to discuss reasons and uncover a few links between lack of oral health consciousness among the Indian people and role that culture or cost plays in it. Most Indians don’t visit a dentist unless an oral problem seriously hampers their lifestyle. Partly due to the influence of culture and partly to save money oral health care is neglected until it ferments into something disastrous such as complete decay of teeth, development of a chronic or necrotizing periodontal disease or in rare cases where one suffers from a later stage of oral cancer.

The mouth or the oral cavity’s primarily role is to act as an entrance to the alimentary tract, i.e. all essential sustenance needed for one’s survival enters through this channel. Therefore, it doesn’t require one to have a lot of intellect to figure out how important maintaining one’s oral health is, unfortunately, most if not all among the Indian population remain ignorant about its importance. For example, many people living in rural parts of the country are still under the assumption that a dentist is a person who helps remove teeth and the concept of a dental implant clinic is something beyond their realm of comprehension. Comparatively, people in urban areas understand most of the treatment procedures a dentist provides but avoid taking an appointment unless necessary due to some cultural predisposition or underestimating a treatment’s benefit. Culture can help mould a person’s behaviours and belief in the right direction, but incomplete cultural knowledge can also cause catastrophic results. As one of the oldest civilizations, India’s rich cultural history had once possessed some of the best herbal remedies for treating various diseases in the world, unfortunately only a few of them are comprehensive enough in the current age. Oral care herb remedies are one among the many incomplete remedies, while the elderly generation still inculcates these recipes to the younger generation it causes many complications that arise from lacking knowledge in this field. Taking pride in one’s cultural history isn’t the problem but pinning a lot of hope on makes them more gullible when products are advertised under the tags such as ‘ayurvedic’ or ‘ancient herbal’ etc.

While companies aggressively advertise their dental care products and feature their potential benefits, they lack in content regarding awareness essential for recognizing oral health problems. About, 8 in 10 people become complacent after using a branded toothpaste or toothbrush and assume that undergoing oral health examination from a dentist periodically is unnecessary if they regularly use these products. It is essential to understand that although these products can help prevent most of the problems they aren’t completely foolproof, thus visiting a dentist at regular intervals can help avoid future complication. Unlike the group to people discussed above, there is one group who assume that the value of all branded dental care product is exaggerated and tend to use the cheaper alternative that may not be suitable for their oral health, a dentist can help recommend the right product for them but its unlikely for this group to fix an appoint with the dentist in Alwarpet for such an issue. Negligence to maintain good oral health can cause multiple dental and oral problems, below is a list of a few which affects the majority of the Indian population:

1. Receding Gums

2. Dental Cavities

3. Bleeding Gums

4. Gum Disease

5. Bad Breath

6. Peritonitis

7. Chipped/ Broken Teeth>

8. Sensitive Teeth

9. Decayed Teeth



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