The Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of India has stressed greater awareness on maxillofacial surgery, an area dentists specialise in to manage facial trauma, defects (by birth or acquired later) and also tumours in the mouth, jaw and face.

Lack of awareness and non-affordability (of the cost of surgery) are two reasons for a significant number of adults not having their facial deformities treated, the association said in a press release.

The call for awareness, it said, was to mark the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons’ Day on February 13.

First meeting

The first meeting of the association was held on this day in 1969 and the observance of this day was to bring increased awareness among the public on the advances the speciality had made as an extension of general dentistry.

Free consultation

In Coimbatore region, the surgeons planned to provide free consultation to patients with defects or tumours in the maxillofacial region and help them get treated either free or at subsidised costs under various health schemes.

Even the Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Insurance Scheme covered surgery for facial deformities and tumours.

Symposium

The association would hold a national-level symposium on maxillofacial trauma in Jaipur to specifically help trainees and budding surgeons. The association was also planning to organise various screening camps to identify affected patients and facilitate their treatment, the release said.

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