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Trinity Care Foundation organized a program on June 15th 2012 on the World No Tobacco Day Theme 2012 “Tobacco Industry Interference”.
Program intended to create awareness among the people about the harmful effects of tobacco consumption highlighting the ill health effects of smoking to both smokers and non-smokers. An Oral Screening with Health Education on the evils of tobacco was given to the patients and their attendants. Patients were given education about the risk factors associated with tobacco consumption and smoking.
The Program focused on :
1. Health Education – ill effects of Tobacco
2. Oral Screening – Diagnosis and Referral to M.R Ambedkar Dental College for Further Treatment
3. Dental Treatment – Minor Treatments on the Mobile Dental Unit
The Health Team from Government of Karnataka Health Department, Trinity Care Foundation and M.R Ambedkar Dental College were present in the KSRTC Bus Stand Kanakapura Town, Ramanagara District, Karnataka, India for providing Health Services to the General Public.
World No Tobacco Day 2012 will educate policy-makers and the general public about the tobacco industry’s nefarious and harmful tactics. Tobacco industry interference is the theme of this year’s World No Tobacco Day.
The campaign will focus on the need to expose and counter the tobacco industry’s brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine global tobacco control efforts. The campaign will focus on the need to expose and counter the tobacco industry’s brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) because of the serious danger they pose to public health.
Tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death. Each year, the global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people. It is on a track to kill more than 8 million people by 2030, by which time approximately 80% of the deaths would occur in low and middle income countries.
A tobacco ban on tobacco marketing can substantially reduce tobacco consumption and consequently tobacco related deaths and disease. We have to look into the causes of tobacco usage and think of new strategies to curb it, said Dr. Umashankar G K, Trinity Care Foundation.
Many patients were diagnosed with oral dental pre-malignant condition and lesions like oral sub-mucous fibrosis, leukoplakia, tobacco quid lesion, smokers palate. Complete oral was done and many patients received treatments on the Mobile Dental Unit stationed at the Bus Stand.
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What are the types of Cleft Lip?
Cleft Lip can be 1) Unilateral Cleft Lip – On one side of the nose or 2) Bilateral Cleft Lip – On both the sides of the nose.
Cleft Lip can either be 1) Complete Cleft Lip – When the split extends right up and into the nose or 2) Incomplete Cleft Lip – When the split in the upper lip does not extend up to the nose.
What are the problems associated with Cleft Lip and Palate ?
- Feeding Problems : Cannot suck effectively Milk gets into the nasal cavity and may result in choking or aspiration.
- Teething Problems : Missing teeth, Increased number of cavities and Malocclusion of teeth – When teeth are bunched together or on top of each other.
- Speech Problems : Nasal voice, May develop nodules on the vocal cord due to vocal abuse, Delayed speech and language development and Difficulty with articulation and proper pronunciation of words.
- Ear Infections : Most children with Cleft Lip are prone to middle ear infection.
- Hearing Loss : May be associated with repeated ear infection
- Psychological Problems : To pay the price for looking and sounding different.
- Social Problems: Suffer isolation and alienation
What will my child’s ‘Health Professionals Team’ comprise of?
It is important that several health professionals with different expertise are involved to assess and monitor your child’s progress as he/she grows up. The team of Health Professional for surgical correction and rehabilitation of a child with Cleft Lip will include:
- Pediatrician – May be the first one to examine and diagnose the problem of Cleft Lip and make appropriate referrals
- Dietitian – Provides guidelines on proper feeding during infancy, weight gain and preparation for Cleft Lip surgery
- Plastic or Reconstructive Surgeon – To perform surgical repair of Cleft Lip.
- Speech Pathologist – To work on the speech and language development of your child
- Audiologist – To monitor hearing which may be impaired due to middle ear infection
- Ear, Nose and Throat (Otorhinolaryngologist) specialist – Treats middle ear infections
- Oral Surgeon – Performs jaw alignment and tooth extractions
- Dentist and Orthodontist – Repositioning of teeth and designing of prosthetic devices like braces and bridges.
- Genetic Counselor – Counsels and provides information on genetic background of Cleft Lip.