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Can cost of quality dental care become affordable?
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Can cost of quality dental care become affordable?

All over the world, dental care has a reputation of being costly, very similar to Pakistan. With no sign of health care system, people have limited options to choose between public or private dental care options. Though public sectors provide reasonable prices for the treatment, but the queue to reach the dental chair is way…

Blending of Art and Dentistry
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Blending of Art and Dentistry

I have always been particularly passionate about art and design. Though I am a professional dentist, but on certain instances, I introduced myself as “an artist whose hobby is dentistry.” By Dr. Sandhiya Salim The pursuance of dentistry was more of “an accidental migrant experience” for me. An experience that can easily establish sense of…

Quackery: Playing with Human Health
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Quackery: Playing with Human Health

With so much going in the world, still the headlines on our television sets or newspapers would have a story of a naïve citizen of Pakistan, brutally affected due to negligence of a ‘phoney’ doctor. By Dr Muattar Hanif According to a recent Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) report, there are an estimated 1,65,000…

Peering into the peer pressure
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Peering into the peer pressure

By Dr Muattar Hanif It was my third week in the dental school. We were given orientation around the campus on our first week. Our lecturers briefed us on the very first day regarding the subject outlines and all the basic timetable of lectures. Hence on the very next day, they came straight to the…

The plight of Dental Students
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The plight of Dental Students

By Dr. Ramsha Aijaz “Am I done with struggle?” Thought that came in mind after getting admission in government medical university. “No, it’s just the beginning,” something within me answered back. Thinking about my glittering future when I stepped in university premises, I came across different world then I imagined. Hall was filled with happy,…

The Surge of Oral Cancer: More Than Ever Before
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The Surge of Oral Cancer: More Than Ever Before

My limited experience working as a house officer in Dow University Hospital has given me enough chances to witness patients with oral cancer. They are easy to identify among the hordes of patients visiting the Government funded dental hospital.  An outgrowth on one side of the face, mouth completely locked, not even able to talk…

Changing the Landscape of Oral Health Sector
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Changing the Landscape of Oral Health Sector

The Surge of Female Dental graduates in Pakistan Prior to 1991, limited number of female quota seats were restricted for admissions in medical and dental colleges of Pakistan. However, in 1991, the Supreme Court declared an ‘Open Merit Policy’ of admission in these colleges. The first batch based on this policy was taken in 1992….

The ‘BRIGHT’ future of dentists in Pakistan
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The ‘BRIGHT’ future of dentists in Pakistan

Pakistan has a total of more than 40 dental colleges registered by Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC). Out of which, 31 are privately owned and 10 are run by the government. In 2018, around 2200 dental students graduated from these colleges. The hefty tuition fees of these colleges are mostly paid by the hard…

Poor familial relationships detrimental to health
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Poor familial relationships detrimental to health

According to the results of a recent study, family relationship strain was associated with a greater number of chronic conditions. The survey looked at family strain, family support, and intimate partner strain. Having a strained relationship with parents, siblings, or children may be more harmful to people’s health than enduring rocky romantic partnerships, according to…


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