Friday, 15 November 2013

Public Oral Health

What makes oral health a high priority in public health is its universal nature. “It’s a neglected epidemic,” says Dr. Myron Allukian Jr., DDS, MPH. Almost everyone has had at least one oral disease, such as dental caries, periodontal disease, malocclusion, infections or cancer at some time during his or her life.

Public health dentists practice at the local, state and federal levels as well as in academic environments. The Four major areas of oral public health are ; Health Policy and administration; research; oral health promotion and disease prevention; and delivery systems. Policy work includes such dissimilar concerns as developing dental programs for low-income communities and making recommendations for the state dental practice act.
Dr. Allukian’s days are busy and demanding — and, he admits, “sometimes overwhelming.” But what he loves about his work “is that it’s extremely exciting and challenging. And the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people is personally enriching.”

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