dental public health


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dental public health

a recognized specialty which is the science and art of preventing and controlling dental diseases and promoting dental health through organized community efforts. It is that form of dental practice which serves the community as a patient rather than the individual. It is concerned with the dental health education of the public, applied dental research, and the administration of group dental care programs as well as the prevention and control of dental diseases on a community basis Also called public health dentistry.

den·tal pub·lic health

(den'tăl pŭb'lik helth)
The science and art of preventing and controlling dental diseases and promoting dental health through organized community efforts.

den·tal pub·lic health

(den'tăl pŭb'lik helth)
Preventing and controlling dental diseases and promoting dental health through organized community efforts.
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The program provides an excellent opportunity for dental public health residents to train in program administration and implementation.
Dental staff demonstrated competencies with the clinical objectives by screening a minimum of 40 children at a 95% agreement level with a dental public health supervisor.
Dental therapists practice collaboratively under the supervision of a dentist to help meet the state of Minnesota's dental public health needs.
The purpose of this exploratory pilot study was to determine the current infection control practices used in Massachusetts dental public health programs and assess perceived compliance and challenges with infection control standards as outlined in the 2003 CDC guidelines.
Jenny Godson, consultant in dental public health at NHS Yorkshire and the Humber, said: "It is essential that people brush twice a day, last thing at night before bed and at least one other time during the day.
Dr Sue Gregory, deputy chief dental officer, Department of Health, will summarise how eye care service providers can learn from the development of dental public health
Professor Ivor Chestnutt, a consultant in dental public health at Cardiff University who is leading the study, said: "We are delighted to have the opportunity to carry out this study, the results of which will be of relevance to improving oral health, not just locally, but nationally and internationally.
Ros Hamburger, consultant in dental public health for the trust said: "Traditionally residents in these areas have suffered from a lack of choice of a local dentist, which has contributed to a very low rate of registrations.
Kamini Shah, consultant in dental public health for NHS Tees added: "It's absolutely fantastic because it is in an area of high need and it's very accessible to patients with its excellent public transport links and nearby parking.
Dr Hugh Bennett, a consultant in dental public health and Claire Thompson, acting senior health promotion specialist at the National Public Health Service for Wales, said: "Compared to the rest of the UK, some areas of Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot have very high levels of dental decay in children with resultant pain and suffering and high treatment needs.
Ros Hamburger, consultant in dental public health for the region, has said there are still a lot of NHS dentists taking on new patients in Birmingham and that some dentists were returning to the NHS due to the credit crunch.
Dental public health is concerned with the delivery of dental care to populations, which includes children.