Oral diseases are becoming an increasing global burden. Children and adolescents suffer more from acute infection, dental pain, and discomfort caused due to these oral diseases. Untreated caries affect a child's ability to eat, speak, learn, and sleep. Severe untreated caries in children affect nutrition, growth, and weight gain. Preventive oral healthcare programs are an economical and powerful means of raising community health in future generations. Some of the oral healthcare programs conducted worldwide are the Healthy Teeth, Happy Smiles!, Blue Book oral health program, Smile Train India, Childsmile, MaliMali program, Love Teeth day, Colgate's “young India” Bright Smiles, Bright Futures, Chacha Nehru Sehat Yojna school health scheme (SHS), Neev School Oral Health Program, Pit and fissure sealant pilot project, and Let's 8020. Oral health education is effective in enhancing the knowledge and oral health-related behaviors in the target population. Only with the coordinated and synergistic efforts of all stakeholders will progress in areas of oral health governance, oral health promotion and disease prevention, the oral health workforce, oral health services, and oral health information systems be possible.
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