Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan launched the eDantseva website and mobile application to spread information and knowledge on oral health.
This is the first ever national digital platform on oral health information and knowledge launched by government which also marks an important milestone as e-DantSeva will reach out to more than one billion people with one click in the form of a dedicated website and mobile application to get oral health solution.
In addition to that, Dr Harsh Vardhan also launched the Braille booklet and Voice over on Oral Health Education for the visually impaired individuals, along with the oral health posters for pregnant women and children.
During the launch, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that these important initiatives have taken inspiration from the growing popularity to digital platforms for people’s knowledge and information by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. “e-DantSeva is the first ever national digital platform that provides oral health information both in the form of a website and mobile application,” Dr Harsh Vardhan said. He further added that oral health is indispensable for the wellbeing and good quality of life. “Poor oral health affects growth negatively in all aspects of human development,” he said.
He also said that dental caries/cavities and periodontal disease are amongst the two most prevalent dental diseases in India and dental infections can potentially lead to serious diseases/infections. This initiative of the Ministry in association with AIIMS and other stakeholders aims to alert the public about the need of maintaining proper oral health and trains them with the tools and knowledge to do so. This initiative also includes awareness on the nearest oral health service facility. The website and mobile application provide oral health information which are gathered from reliable scientific resources and connects the public to timely advice for dealing with any dental emergency or oral health problem.
e-DantSeva contains information about the National Oral Health Program, detailed list of all the dental facility and colleges, Information, Education and Communication (IEC) material and a unique feature called the ‘Symptom Checker’, which gives information on symptoms of dental/oral health problems, ways to prevent these, the treatment modes, and also directs the user to find their nearest available dental facility (public and private sectors both). The website also has GPRS route/images/satellite images of the facility for easier access to the general population.