Dental Screening Creates Record

Published: 27th December 2014 06:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th December 2014 06:05 AM   |  A+A-


CHENNAI: Over a lakh children were screened for dental problems in a single day at 77 centres across the country, including Chennai, earning the event an entry in the Guinness Book of Records, recently. A team of 251 doctors, 516 dental students and 300 volunteers pulled off the extensive screening as part of the India Smiles campaign, an initiative of Saveetha University, to create awareness about oral health among children. The earlier record for dental screening was held by a team in China. “Record breaking is about pushing the boundaries. You didn’t just break the existing record, you smashed it,” said Anna Orford of the Guinness World Records, after handing over the record certificate to the team. N M Veeraiyan, chancellor, Saveetha University, said that the team had been working for three months towards the event. Dr Joseph John, associate dean (faculty), Saveetha Dental College, said, “Our experience in this camp confirmed that a majority of people in India do not visit dental clinics till they face a problem.”

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