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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 74

Dentistry, personalized

Department of Public Health Dentistry, Institute of Dental Sciences, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India

Date of Web Publication4-Jul-2014

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L Nagesh
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Institute of Dental Sciences, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2231-6027.135975

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Nagesh L. Dentistry, personalized. Int J Oral Health Sci 2013;3:74

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Nagesh L. Dentistry, personalized. Int J Oral Health Sci [serial online] 2013 [cited 2022 Aug 17];3:74. Available from: https://www.ijohsjournal.org/text.asp?2013/3/2/74/135975

Indeed, I consider it a special privilege to pen a guest editorial to IJOHS. I have closely watched the journal growing from strength to strength.

Dear colleagues, we are living in the midst of dramatic changes involving all spheres of life. Medicine and dentistry are no exceptions. The successful completion of human genome project and the hectic pace of research in stem cell biology, tissue engineering, and epigenetics have opened new vistas hitherto never imagined by the health care professionals. "Inject and extract" and "drill and fill" dentistry is fast expected to become obsolete. Stem cells are said to be a panacea for many oral diseases. Stem cell therapies have virtually unlimited medical and dental applications. We have moved on from the surgical model of care to the medical model and are moving on to biological model of care.

On the other end of the spectrum the terms "personalized medicine" and "personalized dentistry" are being much discussed in the recent days. Every patient is unique and the treatment plan for the patient should take that into account. "One size fits all" concept is getting outdated. Each patient has to be thoroughly assessed for the unique host related characteristics and exclusive environmental factors in which he/she lives and works. The genetic profile of the patient needs to be studied, only then the treatment plan has to be designed (tailor made). Days are not far that patients carry their genetic profile to every doctor during their visit. This takes us back and reminds us the concept of Ayurveda and Homeopathy, which emphasize the assessment of the constitution of a patient and design treatment plan based on the constitution. We are back to our ancient wisdom. It looks that we have come a full circle.

The advent of stem cell therapy is a sign that we are moving forward and personalized dentistry is a sign that we are leaning backward. In a way we are in the tumultuous period of moving many steps forward and taking few steps backwards. It is worthwhile to blend scientific medicine with the ancient wisdom of healing. The need of the hour is high quality collaborative research. Let us hope that through the current research output our patients get immensely benefited and we make rapid strides in promoting public health. The need of the hour is to conduct high quality, collaborative research where the results are generalizable to larger population.

Wish you all a great time


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