Started in 2006, Danta Kavacha is an initiative of the Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry that provides free and comprehensive dental care for children of government schools in Karnataka. The program aims to reduce the prevalence and incidence of oral health problems among children with limited access to quality dental care.
As part of Danta Kavacha, screening camps are conducted by the Department in the government schools of North Bangalore. Children requiring medical intervention are brought to the Dental Hospital and are treated free of cost. These treatments include preventive measures as well as comprehensive treatments like oral prophylaxis, pit and fissure sealants, fluoride application, restorations, pulp therapy, fixing of stainless steel crowns, extractions, and space maintainers.
The Department works closely with the Department of Education of the Government of Karnataka in order to effectively reach more students. A dedicated van as well as a driver have also been appointed to ferry the kids to and from the hospital. Follow up treatments are conducted annually.
The project has so far screened 18,512 students and treated 9,588 of them. These treatments have amounted up to Rs. 20 lakhs, a cost which is borne by the Faculty of Dental Sciences. Additionally, 25,000 children from private schools have also been screened as part of the initiative.