Healthy Royal Smile 2019

Royal College Doctors’ Association’s flagship dental project “Healthy Royal Smile” is an approved project of Royal College and Royal College Union. This is the pioneer project which initiated in 2014 with introduction of “save molar project” to dental public health in Srilanka. Healthy Royal Smile 2019 was organized for the sixth consecutive year with the encouragement of the Mr B.A. Abeyratne Principal of Royal College, Royal College Union and guidance of Dr. Ajith Tennakoon, president of RCDA and fullest support from the Dental Surgeons and medical officers of RCDA. It will never be a success without tireless commitment of Chief Organizer Dr. Nilanga Peiris, Vice President of RCDA and Project Co Chairmans Dr.Venura Abeyratne and Dr.Gayan Ranaweera

Inauguration was held on 5th of July 2019 at the white board room. Ceremony was graced by the presence of Consultant Oral and Maxillo facial Surgeon Dr. Suresh Shanmuganathan, President- Common Wealth Dental Association, President Elect- Asia Pacific Dental Federation / Asia Pacific Regional Organization, immediate past president of Sri Lanka Dental Association and also a old Royalist as the Chief Guest. Mr. M. V. S. Gunathilake- Senior Deputy Principal, Deputy Principals, Assistant Principals and the staff members were represented the Royal College. Mr. Mithila Mendis- Secretary of Royal College Union, Maj. Dr. Hiran Wimalarathne- Assistant Secretary of RCU and Mr.Channa Gunasekara Treasurer of RCU represented Royal College Union. Mr Nadun Chandrarathne-Secretary of Loyalty Pledge was among the invitees. In his speech the chief guest praised the effort of RCDA for initiating and maintaining of this project.

Inauguration ceremony was followed by the screening of the 329 students of grade two section and after evaluation of data based on international standards, 94 students with high risk to develop dental caries in permanent dentition were selected for application of fissure sealants on 1st permanent molar teeth. Application of the fissure sealants for susceptible molar teeth of young Royalists is the pinnacle of the preventive effort, which is fully funded by the RCDA and carried out by the dental surgeons of the RCDA. All the students will be followed up and rescreened biannually and risk population identification, health education, treatment and evaluation will be continued.

Ministry of health is also highly praised RCDA’s pioneer “Save” molar project’’ and currently on discussion to introduce to all schools in Sri Lanka.