“Close to 10 % of the Indian population consumes some form of areca nut on a regular basis, but many are unaware of its harmful effects. Karnataka is the largest producer of areca nut in the country, and about 16% of the population consume areca nut. Consumption of areca nut causes OSMF, some of the symptoms of which include a burning sensation in the mouth, discomfort and difficulty in opening one’s mouth. It can also cause oral cancer in the long run,” MAHE students famous.
Group members Dr Priyanka Prasad, alumni MCODS, Viola D’Souza, PhD scholar, PSPH, Manipal, Soural Dandothi, alumni MIT, Dr Gopal Kasat, alumni MCODS and Dr Shriya Verma, alumni MCODS, have launched a complete web app that educates and creates awareness on OSMF. It was launched on September 1.
Viola D’Souza stated that app additionally seems to interact its viewers to enhance their information on the analysis, signs in addition to their remedy choices at every stage of OSMF. An particular person with OSMF is ready to know at which stage of the illness he’s in, and what are the choices out there for remedy. “Awareness on the ill-effects of areca nut consumption is limited. There are no health promotion events or awareness drives about the same. However, the disease is preventable,” stresses Viola explaining why they got here up with the app.
Priyanka Prasad, a dental pupil factors out that she got here throughout a number of OSMF sufferers and determined to educate the group. “As dental students, we encounter many patients who came to the clinic with complaints of stained teeth, toothache, and burning sensation in their mouth. The culprit is high areca nut consumption and individuals unaware of the potential health risks. The app aims to improve awareness and educate the community about OSMF.”
The workforce have been working on the app for about six months to make it partaking and supply inclusive details about the situation in a method that improves well being-looking for behaviour. The app may also be utilized by dentists of their clinics as a affected person training assist to create awareness amongst their sufferers. It is at present out there solely in English, however they’re wanting to roll out variations in varied regional languages in order that it reaches the plenty.