Report on Tooth Brushing Day
Oral health is essential to general health and quality of life. Dental caries is the most common
chronic disease and it can be easily prevented by proper preventive practices. Of all the
preventive practices, tooth-brushing has been the most effective and simple way to prevent
dental caries as well as periodontal diseases.
November 7 th is observed as National Tooth Brushing day in India to reinforce the
importance of children’s oral health and promote good tooth brushing habits recommended
by dental health professionals. This program is launched from 2015 to educate parents and
kids to brush twice daily for at least two minutes to help reduce the risk of oral diseases.
On this day, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental
sciences, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry has organized a mass tooth brushing
demonstration at Bharathi Government High School, Bahoour. In collaboration with Colgate
Palmolive, free Oral Health Kit was distributed to all the school children as well as proper
brushing technique demonstration was done to them.
Around 240 school children were provided with Oral Health Kit and benefitted from this
program. The school teachers were also educated regarding importance of oral health and
maintaining oral hygiene. Students showed great interest in correcting their brushing
technique. They also demonstrated proper brushing technique on the tooth model.