Public Health Dentistry is that branch of dentistry which provides leadership and expertise in population-based dentistry, oral health surveillance, policy development, community-based disease prevention and health promotion and the maintenance of the dental safety net.
Dental Public Health (DPH) is unique among the specialties in that it is a specialty whose practitioners focus on dental and oral health issues in communities and populations rather than individual patients.
To overcome the difficulty of urban orientation of oral health care services, we strive to make all the specialty services available to the rural population at their doorstep through outreach programs. Deprived areas like urban slums are also covered. The department of Public Health Dentistry is dedicated to meet the health needs of community through available knowledge and resources. The services provided by the department covers the full range of preventive, curative and rehabilitative services for no cost what so ever to the people through:
- Satellite centres, which are dental clinics.
- Regular dental health care programmes (campus-rural / urban).
- School dental health programmes.
- Awareness programmes using charts, models, performing skits to provide comprehensive oral health care in around 200 kms of Udaipur.
The department has two clinics: one for undergraduate students and another one for training post graduate students. We also have an oral health museum which has models, posters and other educative material displayed for the general public and patients to see. This area is also used to council and motivate patients awaiting treatment, school children and people accompanying, etc.