DristiKon: Charitable Dental Clinic

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Mission :

The idea is to provide easy access to dental awareness and dental treatment through DristiKon Charitable Dental clinic projects in most part of India and provide best Dental Care services to all through community. The dental charitable clinic works towards providing best dental care through oral health education and affordable dental treatments.
Most of the dental diseases are the sequelae of neglect in the early years of life, for example, consumption of a cariogenic diet, lack of awareness regarding preventive aspects, and habits like smoking and/or tobacco, pan, and betel nut chewing.  Our Charitable dental  clinic projects are designed and developed to provide dental care as well as dental awareness to the needy people in India, where there is no or minimum access to dental care provider most of the parts of India.
Studies have shown that maintaining a healthy mouth may keep our body healthier and help avoid diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.. People who do not have teeth still need to visit the dentist regularly, since many aspects of oral health, such as adjusting dentures and oral cancer screenings, can be handled during routine dental visit.
Henceforth the Prime Objective of the DrishtiKon Charitable Dental Clinic is providing Dental Access to that part of Indian population for whom Dental treatment is completely un accessible.
 
PROBLEMS IN ORAL HEALTHCARE FOR THE ELDERLY :
The Dental diseases that the elderly are particularly prone to are root caries attrition, periodontal diseases, missing teeth because of earlier neglect, edentulous, poor quality alveolar ridges, ill-fitting dentures, mucosal lesions, oral ulceration, dry mouth (xerostomia), oral cancers, and rampant caries. Many of these are the sequelae of neglect in the early years of life, for example, consumption of a cariogenic diet, lack of awareness regarding preventive aspects, and habits like smoking and/or tobacco, pan, and betel nut chewing. All these problems may increase in magnitude because of the declining immunity in old age and because of coexisting medical problems.
As a result of poor systemic health, the elderly patient often does not pay sufficient attention to oral health. In addition, medications like antihypertensives, antipsychotics, anxiolytics, etc., lead to xerostomia, and the absence of the protective influences of saliva in the oral cavity increases the predisposition to oral disease. Financial constraints and lack of family support or of transportation facilities affect access to dental services in later life. The untreated oral cavity has its deleterious effects on comfort, aesthetics, speech, mastication.
Due to advances in medicine and an increase in prolonged life expectancy, the number of older people will continue to increase worldwide. It is essential that all older adults practice and maintain good oral hygiene due to the high correlation between oral health and general health. Maintaining good oral health is not only vital to your systemic health—it can keep us smiling well into retirement. Brushing at least twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste and a soft-bristle brush is as important as ever. Flossing is very important, too—it helps to remove plaque from between teeth and below the gum line that our toothbrush cannot reach.

As we age, we may be more likely to develop gingivitis. Gingivitis is caused by the bacteria found in plaque that attack the gums. Symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen gums and bleeding when you brush. If we have these symptoms, see a dentist. Gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease if problems persist. In the worst cases, bacteria form in pockets between the teeth and gums, weakening the bone and causing the gums to recede, pulling back from teeth. This can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. As we age, changes in salivary flow and content may further lead to gingivitis, as well as cavities. Because approximately 80 percent of all American adults suffer from some form of gingivitis, it’s important to see your dentist twice a year for regular cleanings and checkups. If regular oral care is too difficult dentist can provide alternatives to aid in brushing and floss.

Oral cancer is one of the most common cancers and most often occurs in people who are older than age 40. Oral cancer can form in any part of the mouth or throat. If not diagnosed and treated in its early stages, oral cancer can spread, leading to chronic pain, loss of function, irreparable facial and oral disfigurement following surgery, and even death. Oral cancer has one of the lowest five-year survival rates of all cancers; this is primarily due to late diagnosis. See a dentist immediately if any of the following: red or white patches on gums or tongue, a sore that fails to heal within two weeks, bleeding in  mouth, loose teeth, problems or pain swallowing, or a lump in your neck.

As we age, may develop dry mouth. Dry mouth (xerostomia) happens when salivary glands fail to work due to disease, certain medications, or cancer treatment. The condition can make it hard to eat, swallow, taste, and speak. Drinking lots of water and avoiding sweets, tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine are some ways to fight dry mouth. Dentists also can prescribe medications to ease the symptoms of severe dry mouth.
Studies have shown that maintaining a healthy mouth may keep our body healthier and help avoid diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. People who do not have teeth still need to visit the dentist regularly, since many aspects of oral health, such as adjusting dentures and oral cancer screenings, can be handled during routine dental visit.
  • need for preventive services in geriatric dentistry
Although the elderly are retaining their dentition longer than in the past, dental morbidity prevalence of dental diseases continues to be high. Presence of root caries, periodontal disease and xerostomia are oral diseases that are found majorly affecting the older population. Despite these conditions affecting the elderly being treatable or preventable, many of the elderly do not avail the needed treatment. This may because, most of the current older than 60 were not introduced to the concept of preventive dentistry at a young age and thus are not inclined to it. Many still hold the opinion that tooth loss is a normal part of the aging process and is not preventable. Others have adapted to a compromised oral health status and seek treatment only when an emergency arises.
  • problems of providing preventive dental care for elderly people
One of the major challenges in providing restorative as well as preventive care for elderly people is to develop an appreciation of the need for regular care. Globally, poor oral health among older people has particularly been seen in a high level of tooth loss, dental caries experience, high prevalence rates of periodontal disease, xerostomia, and oral pre cancer/cancer.
The basis of prevention is related to detecting disease at the earliest possible stage, which requires regular patient contact. The many factors that are known to influence older people’s utilization of dental services directly or indirectly can be divided into four main categories.

Hence in our Drishtikon Charitable Dental unit. Our dentists and staff are highly skilled, caring, and dedicated to serving seniors and those with special needs.
We will also provide Mobile Dental Care for the home bound senior citizens. 

We shall offer comprehensive dental treatment including
1. Dental cleanings/Scaling
2., Fillings, crown and bridge work.
3. Dentures and partial dentures
4. Extractions.
5. Root canals treatments
6. Implants
7 .Periodontal Surgeries
6 .Oral and maxillofacial Surgeries.
7. Treatment and referral and follow ups of Oral Cancer patients.

FINANCIALPLANS :-
The Funds would be used for the conceptualization and operations of the Dental Care & Treatment Center and its various Equipments. The Dental Center costs are further broken down into two various parts:

  1. Initial Capital Expenditure for the Starting of Dental Center ( One Time Life Time Cost)
  2. Operating Cost of the Dental Center per month.
The Budget of the DrishtiKon Geriatric Dental Care Center for starting a Dental Center is as follows:-

  • A. SET UP COST:
Sr.No
Particulars
Price / Quantity
Estimated Total
1
Star Chair ( Includes All Equipment Listed Below)
Dynair Oil Free Compressor DA70011  11HP
Venus Scaler
Tulip 100A Cordless Light Cure
Micro Motor with Straight Cord and inbuilt control box.
Contra Angel H/P Tornado
Tornado Air Rotor Headpiece
Utility Tray of Star
Oil Spray
Primedent 7 Syringe Kid-Hybrid
437661 x 2
Rs.8,75,322.00/-
2.
Bioclave-Fully Imported Autoclaves-12Lts with Dry Cycle Gnatus
GN/AC/MC/BIOCLAVE-12 GNATUS AUTOCLAVE 12Ltr with DR
71500 x 1
Rs.71,500.00/-
3.
X-Ray ( Wall Mounted)
RN/XR/RUNYES DIGITAL DENTAL X-RAY W/M
37000 x 1
Rs.37,000.00/-
4.
L Shape Wooden Cabinet
Model-BG-752-2E
GL/CB/MC/DENTAL L SHAPE WOODEN CABINET
90,000 x 1
Rs.90,000.00/-
5.
Runyes Water Distiller
RN/WD/ACC/WATER DISTILER-RUNYES WATER DISTILLER
7200 x 1
Rs.7200.00/-
6.
UV Chamber with 12 Trays
IN/UVSS/MC/12-INDIGINEOUS U.V. CHAMBERS (12 Trays)
12000 x 1
Rs.12,000.00/-
7.
Other  Dental Material
60000 x 1
Rs.60,000.00/-

TOTAL COST: - Rs.11, 53,022.00/-

  • B. OTHER EXPENSEES:-
Sr.No.
Particulars
Price/Quantity
Estimated Cost
1.
Generator-5KVA
60000 x 1
Rs.60,000.00/-
2.
Auto Cut Stabilizer
12000 x 1
Rs.12,000.00/-
3.
Aluminum Partitions
40,000 x1
Rs.40,000.00/-
4.
Paint, Electrical Work,PlumbingWork
25000 x 1
Rs.25,000.00/-
5.
Over Head Plastic Tank ( 200Ltr)
5000 x 1
Rs.3000.00/-
6.
Wash Basin
3500 x 1
Rs.3500.00/-
7.
Chairs for Patient
2500 x 10
Rs.25000.00/-
8.
Table & Chair for Doctor & Assistant
10000 x 2
Rs.20,000.00/-

TOTAL COST: 1, 88,500.00/-

  • C.  OPERATING COST FOR ONE YEAR:
S.No.
Particulars
Price/Quantity/Month
Estimated Cost
1.
Dental Surgeon
40000 x 1 x 12
Rs.4,80,000.00/-
2.
Dental Assistant
20000 x 1 x 12
Rs.2,40,000.00/-
3.
Sweeper
3000 x 1 x 12
Rs.48,000.00/-
4.
Rental Charges
10000 x 12
Rs.1,20,000.00/-
5.
Electricity & Water Charges
5000 x 12
Rs.60,000.00/-
6.
Diesel Charges
3000 x 12
Rs.36,000.00/-
7.
Dental Products & Dental Lab
5000 x 12
Rs. 60,000.00/-
8.
Medicines & Oral Health Products
30000 x 12
Rs.3,60,000.00/-
9.
Misc.
2000 x 12
Rs.24,000.00/-

TOTAL COST: Rs.14,28,000.00/-

GRAND TOTAL (A+B+C) – Rs.27, 69,522.00 /-

CONCLUSION
As we prepare for the next millennium, we must find solutions to the problems that exist today not just from a dental practice point of view, but also from an educational and political standpoint.

The Charitable Dental Clinic can certainly provide and impart a better care for the senior citizens of my country and i think there is an urgent requirement of such a charitable clinic at the present time in India.


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