The Akhil Dant Chikitsak Welfare Association (ADWA) is an independent and recognized voice of dental professionals in India. We are committed to improving public oral health by promoting advanced, science-based dentistry that puts the patient at the centre through our initiatives in education, research and development of high standards for dental care in India.
The flag bearer of oral health, the association endeavors to meet the public needs and expectations. We acknowledge that oral health is an integral part of general health and well-being.
ADWA represents more than 75,000 dental professionals and has 33 state branches and 450 local branches. Through its initiatives and campaigns, ADWA reaches out to dental students, dental professionals, educators and the public to safeguard and promote optimal oral healthcare in the country.
The association's vision is to improve oral health and quality of life and achieving `optimal national oral health for all. We also aim to represent the dental profession and support members in the provision of comprehensive and quality oral health care.
ADWA is dedicated to supporting dental professionals in their practice by enhancing and updating their skills and knowledge.
The association is the nation’s most respected leader in promoting oral health, tobacco cessation and early cancer detection to improve quality of life and eliminate oral health disparities. ADWA mission is optimal oral health for all Indian.
ADWA endeavors to accomplish its mission of optimal oral health for all by:
- 1. Supporting new scientific innovations to meet the changing needs of society and promoting the well-being of the nation.
- 2. Coordinating and assisting scientific and research- related activities among all sectors of the dental community.
- 3. Promoting the timely transfer of knowledge gained from research to improve public health by educating oral health professionals and policy- makers.
- 4. Preventing oral diseases by promoting oral health through awareness and dissemination of information.
- 5. Conducting Continuing Dental Education (CDE) and professional development programmes to ensure an adequate number of talented, skilled dental care professionals.
Oral Diseases are preventable
Good oral health is vital to good overall health. Poor oral health negatively affects growth, development, learning, nutrition and communication, self-esteem for all sections of society, young and old have and have-nots. India exposes disparities in oral health, with lower income groups having higher disease rates, limited or no access to care.
Indian democracy is committed to the care and wellbeing of its citizens. The nation’s long-term investment in science and technology has paid off. We are proud that these advances have added years to the average life span and enhanced the quality of life.
ADWA affirms that oral health is essential to general health and well-being and thus the need to take action. ADWA aims that
- 1. Nobody suffers from oral diseases which can be prevented and treated.
- 2. Young children do not from suffer caries.
- 3. Rural populations do not experience poor oral health due to barriers to access to care, shortage of resources and professionals.
- 4. The elderly and differently abled are treated with special care.
- 5. Pregnant women receive careful high quality treatment.
ADWA call-for-action accurately assesses needs, monitors outcomes, decreases disparities, improves access to care and ultimately improves oral health.
These actions crystallize ADWA’s vision and mission. The association is confident that rewards in health and well-being can accrue for all Indians. However, a number of barriers hinder the ability of Indians from attaining optimal oral health calling for action-framework --- a national oral health plan to improve quality of life and eliminate oral health disparities.
- 1. Oral health is more than healthy teeth.
- 2. Oral diseases and disorders affect health and well-being throughout life.
- 3. The mouth reflects general health and well-being.
- 4. Lifestyle behaviors that affect general health (tobacco use, excessive alcohol use and poor dietary choices) affect oral and craniofacial health.
- 5. Safe and effective measures exist to prevent the most common dental diseases—dental caries and periodontal diseases..
- There are profound and consequential oral health disparities in India.
- Scientific research is key to reduction in the burden of diseases and disorders that affect the face, mouth, and teeth.