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Young visitors being briefed about a model at a stall in the exhibition at Valluvar Kottam on Saturday. — PHOTO: K. PICHUMANI.
Young visitors being briefed about a model at a stall in the exhibition at Valluvar Kottam on Saturday. — PHOTO: K. PICHUMANI.

A two-day exhibition that got under way at Valluvar Kottam on Saturday provides information on the various dental problems, including dental caries and cancers. The exhibition, second in the series, is being organised by the Indian Dental Association, Madras branch, in association with 17 city dental colleges.

Dental college students have used models to explain the right method to brush teeth, the importance of flossing, the hazards of smoking and tobacco use, and excess or lack of fluoride in water.

Children enjoyed playing with models of tooth. Mahalingam, a standard II student, who came with his mother learnt how dentists identify damage in teeth and set it right. Audio-visual enclosures showcase dental hygiene and treatment and prevention of the diseases. An on-the-spot colouring contest was held for children.

Venkateshwara Dental College has on display an elaborate model to explain the hazards of excess or lack of fluoride in water. Sathyabama Dental College has interesting posters on dental accessories.

The exhibition offers free of charge 10 units for visitors to get checked for dental ailments. Tagore Dental College students are conducting a quiz and right answer to even two questions entitles the contestants to a free treatment at the college hospital.

A stall explains how damage to the kidneys and HIV/AIDS can be identified by a dental examination. Another explains the history of dentistry and the importance of dental examination in forensic science.

Stalls on dental education and career opportunities in the field of dentistry for undergraduate, post-graduate, diplomas and certificate courses have been put up. Principal Secretary, Health, V.K. Subburaj who inaugurated the exhibition urged the IDA to take the exhibition to rural areas. The exhibition will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

IDA secretary V. Rangarajan said the exhibition aimed at spreading awareness about dental health. Besides stalls on dental health, the universities and colleges also offered information on the various courses available, he said.

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