‘Blame dental problems in Indians on high intake of sugary food’

The dental condition of Indians is worsening because of increased consumption of food containing high sugar,which leads to caries,noted dentists at the 48th Punjab State and North India Dental Conference in Ludhiana today.

Written by Express News Service | Ludhiana | Published:January 10, 2009 2:09 am

The dental condition of Indians is worsening because of increased consumption of food containing high sugar,which leads to caries,noted dentists at the 48th Punjab State and North India Dental Conference in Ludhiana today. Around 2,000 delegates,including students from 26 colleges,are participating in the event.

Bangalore-based Dr Suji Jacob,a pioneer in microscopic endodontics,said studies have proved how tooth decay is becoming more common at a comparatively younger age these days because of the intake of junk food.

Speaking on the sidelines,Dr Jacob said it was necessary to pay more attention to brushing teeth after meals and preventing tooth decay. “Children are quite prone to dental problems as they gorge on food rich in sugar. Today,more and more people require root canal treatment because,firstly,they are eating more junk food than their ancestors and secondly they do not bother to visit a dentist for regular check-ups.”

He added: “But thanks to technology,root canal treatment has become painless and more comfortable which is why it is being accepted on a much larger scale now. We conduct more root canal treatments than ever before because of the increased number of problems and an increased level of acceptability of the treatment. It can be completed in one or two sittings.”

The conference was inaugurated by Harish Rai Dhanda who was the chief guest on the occasion. Students from various colleges also presented scintillating performances at a cultural programme held in the evening.

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