Public health dentistry is a branch of dentistry which deals with preventing disease, prolonging life & promoting physical & mental efficiency through organized community efforts for the sanitation of the environment, the control of communicable infections, the education of individual in personal hygiene, the organization.
Situated on the Fifth floor of the dental college, it comprises of an undergraduate clinic. We work with a mission to eliminate disparities in health status and access to health care services, promote optimum oral health and prevent disease through research, training and preventive and curative services. Our mobile dental unit (MDU), also helps in this endeavor of providing oral health care to the underserved in the rural areas. The Department of Public Heath Dentistry offers training, research and community health services through its various outdoor activities in form of dental camps, community based comprehensive medical care, mobile and satellite clinics apart from its regular indoor treatment facilities. Oral Health Information center is also established in the department for displaying the work of students and staff members in educating the common people regarding oral health. Tobacco cessation awareness center focuses on de-addiction of various tobacco habits. The departmental infrastructure is well- equipped to provide the treatment of the patients for preventive and comprehensive dental care.
The department is equipped with various dental models, charts and Audio Visual aids and is presently being utilized for individual patient counselling and tobacco cessation program. Our Under Graduate (BDS) program starts with the fourth year BDS, where the students are trained through a strict and regular schedule of lectures, clinical postings and outreach camps.
Our department is equipped with state of art facilities for preventive procedures and patient counseling. Our mobile dental unit is active in providing oral health care to the underprivileged. We also educate the public regarding importance of oral health & hygiene and tobacco cessation.
In the Academic year of 2016-2017, we have attended and educated approximately 3000 patients in village dental camps, 4200 patients in school dental health programs and 1000 patients in the department. We also perform procedures for caries prevention such as Fluoride application, Pit & fissure sealant application, Atraumatic Restorative Technique (A.R.T) and Preventive Resin Restorations (PRR).
Our Faculty members have national and international publications and have made various presentations in national conferences and CDE programs.