On the occasion of the World Oral Health Day, the Indian Dental Association (IDA) launched the program Oral Cancer Eradication by 2022. The Chief Guest for the program was none other than Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief and Padma Vibhushan Mr Sharad Pawar who himself has suffered from oral cancer. The event was held at the swanky state of the art IDA office at Prabhadevi, Mumbai. During the event it was announced that free implant supported dentures and complete dentures would be distributed to underprivileged people. Dentium from Korea donated more than 1000 implant supported overdentures for needy people.

Dr Deepak Makhijani, President of IDA, Head Office, Dr Ashok Dhoble , Honorary Secretary, IDA, Head Office and many dignitaries from the healthcare sector graced the occasion.

Dr. Ashok Dhoble said that in the crusade for optimal oral health for all, IDA has been organizing dental check camps across the country. IDA has also set up the Oral Cancer Foundation with the object of early detection and treatment of oral cancerous lesions. A National Oral cancer Registry has been set up to register exclusively cases of oral cancer. He further said that they have set up more than 2,000 Tobacco Suggestion Centers (TSC) for counselling tobacco consumers, and will set up 5,000 spot centers that will be used as diagnostic clinics.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar said he regretted consuming tobacco and supari, adding that he wished someone had warned him to get rid of the habit 40 years ago. He said he was pained that lakhs of Indians continued to fall prey to the scourge and promised to raise the issue in Parliament. He also pledged support to the IDA’s cause of eradicating oral cancer and curbing the menace of tobacco usage.

According to a recent report by the Global Tobacco Atlas, more than 60,000 lives in India are lost every month due to tobacco use. Dental Practice recognises the untiring efforts of the IDA and Dr. Ashok Dhoble and applauds them for their strong initiatives in tackling this global menace.