Bangalore’s cycle dentists

They do not hold any degrees in dentistry, and they are not even called doctors. Neither do they wear white coats. Still, there are these self-proclaimed dentists in the K R market area in Bangalore who treat many patients who have dental problems. Most of their patients feel it is affordable and are also happy with the method of the treatment.

These cycle dentists (as they are known) talk about how they have studied dentistry from their forefathers. “The street dental care clinic, ‘Jai Bharath’, was started some 40 years ago, and we are carrying forward the work of the previous generation. I have learnt the method of filling and other dental procedures from my father and grandfather,” says Syed M D Khizar, cycle-dentist. They mostly use Ayurvedic products, and don’t charge a fixed price for the treatment.

“We work for the poorer classes and this is one way of helping them.” While Syed uses only native medicinal products, Allah Bakash, who runs a dental clinic by the name ‘Mera Bharat Mahan Jai Hind Samaj Seva Dental Care’, does not. Mumtaz, a patient, feels that it is better to be treated on the streets rather than take appointments to consult a dentist in the hospital. There are several educated people too, who come to the clinic.

“I have been coming here from many years. I have brought my sister from Mandya for her dental treatment because I trust him and his work. The district authorities in Mandya had also awarded them for their outstanding contribution in the field of dentistry,” notes Krishnamurthy, a B.Com student.

But the professionals aren’t convinced. “It is illegal and this may cause severe infection. People are finding it better than the treatment in the hospitals, which is because of the ‘cost factor’,” says, Dr. Siddharth, Smile Kraft Dental Clinic. Dr. Jagdish Kohira, says, “It is dangerous and could have complications. We don’t use any alternative medicinal products while doing any kind of work in this field. It may be good temporarily. But in the long run, there are bound to be complications.”
Jaylaxmi Desai

Many wonders  of ‘garcinia’
Garcinia indica is a type of fruit tree widely grown in the slopes and plains of the evergreen forests of Western Ghats in south India. The crop is gaining increasing importance and can be grown as a mixed crop in a cashew plantation. Garcinia indica dye and a mordant has great market potential in the textile industry, according to research.

This is used for fabric colouring because of its principal component,t hydroxyl citric acid, which is extracted and treated with mordant. It is a very a significant natural colouring agent. Garcinia indica belongs to the family Clusiaceae and genus garcinia. A survey has been conducted to gather information about the method of cultivation and availability of garcinia  indica in the Western Ghats of the State.

Garcinia indica is water soluble and is used as an anti-oxidant and acidulant. The seed of the fruit is used for oil and butter extraction. It is used in the food industry, soap and cream industry. Mamatha G Hegde, a research scholar, S Kauvery Bai , Associate professor in Home Science and M K Vijayeendra, scientist have conducted the research.