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Public Health Dentistry

Department Overview

The department of Public Health Dentistry has been committed to promote dental care through organized community efforts supported with excellence in teaching the art of prevention.

The department of Public Health Dentistry teaches & guides the BDS students for 2 years from third year till the end of final year in the form of lectures and clinical postings and in internship for a 3 month posting.

During the course of 2 years topics like Public health, Preventive dentistry, Public health problems & programs in India, Nutrition, Environment and their role in health, statistics, epidemiological methods, National health policies, dental financing, Principles of  management, Auxiliaries, structures & functioning of IDA, DCI are taught and during the clinical postings, the students learn about case history, indices and preventive procedures.

The department of Public Health Dentistry encourages the interns to attend and organize camps for the socially weaker sections of the society, nearby schools, orphanages, old age homes, factory workers, organizations. They are also made to work with the NGOs to serve the society at large. A tobacco counseling cell has been established with collaboration with Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation (NSF) where interns counsel patients having any form of tobacco use habit. Short surveys & research activities are encouraged to be carried out by the interns.

Dental screening & treatment camps are held with support from other departments for children with special needs, Jail Camps, remote area camps. We have been an active participant in Colgate's Bright Smiles Bright Future program targeting the school children and has been successful in providing preventive, therapeutic and rehabilitative care to the needy free of cost.

A well-equipped, fully functional and state of the art mobile dental unit caters to the need of the unreached under outreach programs run by the department.

The department also has an oral health education museum containing a plethora of health education materials, models, charts, portraits and exhibits contributed by the undergraduate students as their project works.

The department has successfully hosted the basic research methodology workshop approved by Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS), Tobacco Intervention initiative (TII) workshops in association with Indian Dental Association, Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation (NSF).

 

The department currently has 2 satellite centers which provide primary dental care to the underserved. Special & complex cases get referred to the specialty OPD of the college as per the need.