Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

: 2009  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 60-

President's message

V Ipe Varghese 
 Indian Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathologists, Govt. Dental College, Medical College Campus, Kozhikode - 695 008, India

Correspondence Address:
V Ipe Varghese
Indian Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathologists, Govt. Dental College, Medical College Campus, Kozhikode - 695 008

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Oral Pathology is a speciality that needs a lot more expansion, coverage and quality in India. It is limited to a few dental colleges in India now. Our speciality is very crucial and can be considered as a key area in oral health prevention and management. What needs to be done is that we need to have more visibility, the services of oral pathology have to be widely disseminated, our service should be of a very high quality and we should focus on achieving coverage in India.

Outside dental circles, health professionals are not adequately aware of our services. An oral lesion taken out by a dental surgeon is sent to a general pathologist. There has to be awareness among dental practitioners. In addition to reporting of oral specimens, we also provide other services that need to be disseminated.

 Crucial Role in Oral Health Promotion

Oral pathology personnel are well suited for leading oral health promotion. They can make people aware about the risk factors, such as tobacco, identify early lesions like precancerous conditions and improve oral health.

In order to have visibility, we need quality; our services and reporting should follow external quality assurance and we should form a quality net for this. ISO certification and other accreditation systems can be studied. We should also develop quality standards for India and use them widely.

Oral pathology services should be available where they are needed. Most of the rural population in India does not have access to good oral health care and also to oral pathology services. This needs to be addressed along with a plan for human resource development.