President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the four-day FDI 102 World Dental Congress at India Expo Centre and Mart in Greater Noida. At the event, he said India needed a revolution in oral health revolution.
The programme is being hosted by Indian Dental Association (IDA) with FDI and has representatives of 138 countries.
Mukherjee said, “New technology has improved diagnostic quality, patient comfort and efficiency in dental care.” He attributed declining oral health to rapidly-changing lifestyles, use of tobacco and alcohol and also expressed concerns over rising cases of oral cancer in the country, which has reportedly become the highest in the world.
The president hoped scientific deliberations at the congress will take a global perspective of emerging oral health issues, leading to formation of appropriate guidelines aimed at improving global oral health scene.
Expressing pleasure, IDA president Mahesh Verma said, “This is the second time the congress is being held in India.”
FDI president Dr Tin Chun Wong said she was delighted with India as host and said she was looking forward to interacting with distinguished dental scientists who would present new researches at the event.
UP governor Ram Naik and state health minister Ahmed Hasan attended the event. Naik urged Indian scientists to promote neem and babul as Indian contributions.