As the number of dentists in India is growing, the country has been witnessing a surge in cases of tooth bleaching.
The problem has been increasing since 2011, when India started mandating tooth bleaches as part of the National Health Mission.
The government of India had already set aside around 2,000 million rupees ($32 million) for the purpose of implementing this directive.
However, a report by the Indian Council of Medical Research has indicated that a significant portion of India’s dentists are refusing to cover the procedure, according to a Times of India report.
According to the report, over 60% of the dentists surveyed by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research have said they are not willing to provide dentistry services to patients with dental disease.
This includes dentists who claim that they will not pay for tooth treatments, but will instead charge patients for the treatment.
According the study, about one-third of dentist-patient relationships have deteriorated due to the refusal of the health ministry to cover dental services.
“We have a situation where the people are being denied services and they are being forced to go to another institution,” a doctor said, adding that patients with health issues are also being denied the opportunity to receive treatment.
The report stated that patients are not getting the care they need from the dentist.
The dentists themselves do not want to pay for treatment because they believe that the dental procedure is a form of self-medication.
Dr. Sanjeev Kumar, a member of the Committee of Dentists of India, said, “People are asking us why we are doing this.
What are we doing here?
This is self-indulgence, self-destruction.
It is against the law.
The patients are being refused treatment because we are not taking the care of them properly.”
The Council of Dentistry of India (CDSI), the umbrella organization for the Indian dentists, has not commented on the report but has claimed that it is not a matter of concern.
“It is our responsibility to provide all the services to our patients,” a spokesperson told Quartz.
“The council has no policy against this.”
While the decision of dentistry-to-doctors to not cover tooth bleached patients seems logical, there is a question mark over whether the dentistry profession will be able to provide the services they require, as dentists refuse to pay a fee for the dental treatment, which is not covered by insurance.
Dental surgery is a highly expensive procedure and it is difficult to afford to pay out of pocket for the procedure.
“Dentistry is a costly and challenging occupation,” Dr. Bhuvan Kumar, the chairperson of the council, said.
“What we do in this profession is not worth a lot of money.
In this country, we are still not getting enough dental care.
Our society needs dentists.
People need dentists and we should have dentists.”
Dr. Rajesh Gupta, the director of the department of orthodontics at the Indian Institute of Health, told Quartz that he believed that the denting profession in India was facing a huge crisis.
“There is a crisis in dentistry in the country,” Gupta said.
He added that the shortage of dentures has been a problem in the region for years.
“You can’t say there is no dentistry,” he said.
Gupta has seen this situation before.
He has witnessed how, as the number and demand for dentures increased in the past, the denturing profession turned into a profession that is very expensive.
“When the number in the profession increased and the demand was high, the government began to allocate more money to the profession,” he explained.
He further added that dentistry is very difficult for doctors to practise in the long term.
“They have no expertise and they do not know how to operate.
They are trained in other areas of medicine, like surgery and surgery on the spine,” he added.
While the crisis facing dentistry seems to be getting worse in India, the number remains relatively stable.
India has over 1.4 billion people, which has a high ratio of population to GDP, according the World Bank.
According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, India has a population of 3.3 billion people and the GDP per capita is around Rs. 1,300.
The average life expectancy in India in 2021 was 64.7 years, which equates to a life expectancy of about 76.7 in 2019.