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‘Every tooth in a man’s head is more valuable than a diamond.’ Nothing highlights the importance of oral healthcare as precisely as this quote by Miguel de Cervantes. Oral hygiene is, in fact, related greatly to overall hygiene. It is not just about clean teeth and fresh breath, but is related to general health in more ways than one. Women with gum diseases show a greater incidence of low-birth-weight babies. People with poor oral healthalso show an increased risk of heart diseases and infections of mouth pose serious risks to other organs.

To combat all these issues, Freshmen’s Valley organized the first free oral health camp in Bahjoi area in association with Department of Public Dentistry, Kothiwal Dental College and Research Center, Moradabad.The objective of the camp was to provide dental treatment, oral health education and awareness on dental hygiene care. The camp also included free dental screening, treatment along with free distribution of medicines, mouthwash and toothpaste.

A special counselling session was conducted by the doctors which aimed to spread awareness about the best practices to follow for dental care. The session highlighted proper brushing techniques like brushing gently with a soft toothbrush, changing toothbrush after every 3 months and benefits of using mouthwash daily to reduce bacterial growth and foul smell. The session also mentioned some useful mouth exercises and the use of eucalyptus or peppermint oil to care for gums.

The audience was informed of the effect of food on dental health. It is advisable to limit the intake of sweets as sugar causes teeth decay and cavities when combined with bacteria. Apart from this, they were also advised to quit tobacco and smoking. Chewing few ginger pieces soaked in lemon juice, dry amla, cardamom pieces, aniseed (saunf) etc are some good options to fight this craving

Around 80 people participated in the camp, includingFreshmen’s Valley plant head with his team and other staff. Through this oral health camp, villagers were given a platform to reach out to this dental hospital and get specialized dental checkups and treatments at free/subsidized rates as Freshmen’s Valley believe healthcare is everyone’s right. Even those living at remotest of places deserve access to proper healthcare as it contributes towards a healthy individual and a healthy nation. With this belief, Freshmen’s Valley intends to organize more such camps in the near future.