Dental health and socio-economic strata
It has been observed that the higher socio-economic strata generally are in better health because they can afford to buy and consume food of all kinds. So it was interesting to find something that was contrary to this. A group of prominent doctors recently concluded a health camp for students of an employment skills program being conducted by one of the prominent IT services companies in Chennai as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility programs. These students are mostly those who have studied up to the tenth standard, whose parents cannot afford to send them for further studies. So they are from the lower socio-economic strata. The doctors found, to their astonishment, that though their general levels of health and nutrition was low, their teeth and gums were in very good shape! The reason? No colas, chocolates, ice creams and sugary snacks. Their parents simply cannot afford these, leave alone three square meals. Food for thought, isn’t it? Remember this the next time you’re tempted to get these things for your kids or for yourself.