Billion Healthy Mouths Club

Dr. Gajanan Tar from India: “Our teeth should serve us for a lifetime, if supported by good oral care and regular checkups.”

Dr. Gajanan Tar is an expert from Goa, India, specialised in restorative and surgical dental procedures. How does he perceive the role of prevention in our dental health?

After more than 25 years of practice, his dental philosophy is simple – to provide patients with uncompromising dental services tailored to their needs. He also invites his patients to join him in a revolution towards disease-free mouths. His aim is to connect teeth and overall health in such a powerful way that the status of human health will improve simply by keeping the mouth disease-free.

What is your dental philosophy and core values of your daily practice?

My dental philosophy is to stay at the cutting edge of dentistry through continuing education and use of the latest and best treatment modalities. I want to provide my patients with meticulous, uncompromising, personalised dental services and attention to their dental needs. My work is based on a few core values – excellence, compassion, highest quality, truthfulness, lifelong learning and honesty. 

What does high-quality patient care mean to you?

It means delivering the ultimate-quality care and services that exceed the expectations of every patient who honours us by choosing us as their dental care givers. My goal is to craft every restoration functionally and beautifully to keep our patients satisfied.

“My work is based on a few core values – excellence, compassion, highest quality, truthfulness, lifelong learning and honesty.”

What is the best advice that you have received from your colleagues or teachers?

Life is about growth, not just survival. 

How do you motivate your patients to keep good post-treatment oral care?

I ask them to cultivate a proper daily oral hygiene routine and follow a balanced diet. All my patients are reminded of a few basic steps, and I go through this process at every visit according to T2T (touch to teach) principles. First of all, I stress that the timing of oral hygiene care is important, so they should brush their teeth after meals and not before meals, preferably after dinner and breakfast. Since the tongue harbours bacteria which cause bad breath, I also teach my patients how to clean their tongue, followed by interdental teeth cleaning using dental floss, or ideally an interdental brush. Finally, I educate patients about the proper brushing technique.  

How do you educate yourself?

Apart from reading a lot, I attend online and offline continuous education programs. I believe that attending national and international conferences where we have the opportunity to discuss cases with colleagues is also very beneficial. 

Welcome to the Billion Healthy Mouths Club

Proper routines in prevention are the future of dentistry – that’s why we at Curaden launched the Billion Healthy Mouths Club – a community of dental professionals committed to the idea of having proper routines in prevention and a holistic approach to dentistry. Dr. Gajanan Tar is one of those dental professionals who shares these values, and we proudly present his experience and thoughts with other like-minded people from the field. Keep reading our Gently magazine to discover more interviews with forward-thinking professionals from around the world.

What changes do you hope to see in your field during next 5 years?

In my opinion, minimal intervention dentistry (MID) is going to play a key role in the next 5 years. Other trends we see emerging are robot-assisted dentistry, tooth regeneration using stem cells, smart toothbrushes with sensors that can track plaque-control efficiency, and biocompatible restorative materials that will mimic enamel and dentin. 

What is a common stereotype of dentistry you dislike? And how do you address it? 

The majority of our population considers caries as simple cavities which need fillings; they are taken very casually. I prefer to address them as a disease in the mouth that needs treatment. As for stereotypes among dental professionals, many of them believe that interdental brushes should be used only for diseased periodontium. I recommend the use of the interdental brushes in a healthy mouth too. 

What is the advice that most of your patients hear from you?

I invite them to join me in a revolution towards disease-free mouths. I want to connect teeth and overall health in such a powerful way that the status of human health will improve simply by keeping the mouth disease-free. Our teeth are amazing marbles which are designed to be the sentinels of our body and are supposed to serve us our entire lives. And they can, if supported by good oral care and regular dental checkups.

“I want to connect teeth and overall health in such a powerful way that the status of human health will improve simply by keeping the mouth disease-free.”

What is the most underestimated oral care routine from your point of view?

Cleaning between the teeth, either by using interdental brushes or at least dental floss. This is the key to reducing caries and maintaining periodontium and it’s a part of the routine which is often neglected. 

Which skill and character feature is an absolute must-have in your job as a specialised dental surgeon?

Dental surgeons should be able to perform any dental procedure which is within the scope of their work with utmost precision, care and honesty within a specific timeframe. 

What does your oral hygiene routine look like?

I must say that my oral hygiene has become even better since using the Curaprox range of products. Now it’s heading towards the perfection – I’ve got all the important tools available to keep my teeth really clean and healthy.

Dr. Gajanan Tar studied dental surgery and now specialises in restorative and surgical dental procedures. His dental centre is recognised by the Indian Dental Association for emergency dental care, tobacco intervention and SPOT. He believes that lifelong learning and exchanging views with colleagues are essential parts of a surgeon’s education. To find more about Dr. Gajanan Tar, explore his Instagram or visit his Facebook page