Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Public Health Dentistry

Public Health Dentistry is the branch of Dentistry , which focuses on preventing and controlling dental diseases and promoting dental health through organized community efforts.
Public Health Dentistry is that form of Dental practice that serves the community as a patient rather than the Individual. Public Health Dentists must have broad knowledge and skills in public health administration, research methodology, the prevention and control of oral diseases and the delivery and financing of oral health care.
Public Health Dentists promote oral health by:
  • assessing the oral health needs of the community
  • developing and implementing oral health policy
  • providing programs and services that address oral health issues.

Dental Public Health

The Focus of Dental Public Health is on good Oral Health, Disease Prevention and other concerns specific to Children, Youth and Seniors.. Most Programs are focusing on Kids and Seniors.
  • For children and youth:
School, College, Orphanages and Specialized Population: Dental Screening, Education and Treatments and referral to Specialized Dental Centers.
  •  For Adults:
Dental Screening, Education and Treatments and referral to Specialized Dental Centers.
  • For seniors living in nursing homes, retirement homes and living centers :
  1. Screening for potential dental problems.
  2. Awareness workshops on the importance of good oral health and disease prevention specific to seniors.
  3. Professional cleaning and identification of dentures for seniors in the mobile dental clinic.
  4. Demonstrations on brushing techniques for residents and/or their caregivers.
  • For teachers and parents:
Health Education Program for Teachers is a must since children are with them most of the time, Parents can be also trained to reinforce the message at home. Health Education during Parents Teacher's Association Meet is a wonderfull Concept that could be implemented..

"Trinity Care Foundation requires your Support to implement these Community Health Programs in Government Schools in Ramanagara, Kolar and Bangalore Rural Districts. Kindly Contact us.. "

Programs for specialized populations..

The Photographs what you see on the right side are of Dental Public Health Programs conducted by Trinity Care Foundation
This Program was for Oral Health Education and Screening for Women Self Help Groups( 18 members) in Halsuru Village, Kanakapura Taluk, Ramanagara District, Karnataka, India. There was health education focusing on Oral Hygiene, Children's Teeth, Tobacco, Myths of Dentistry and General Health and followed by discussion, Oral Health Check-up and Treatment.
Women are the Light for their Families mostly in Rural Areas. They have more commitment towards their family and near and dear ones.
This Program was conducted in an Orphanage in Bangalore for Children living with HIV. The Program focused on Check-up, Health Education and Treatment. Treatments like scaling and restoration was done at the Orphanage on the Mobile Dental Unit and those requiring specialized treatment were referred to M.R.Ambedkar Dental College and Hospital, Bangalore, India.

Trinity Care Foundation is a Non Governmental Organization focusing on Craniofacial SurgeriesSchool Health and Outreach Health Programs in Karnataka, India.
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