DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH DENTISTRY

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:

  1. Satellite centres, which are dental clinics.
  2. Regular dental health care programmes (campus-rural / urban).
  3. School dental health programmes.
  4. 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.

CORE COMPETENCIES

  1. Patient counseling and motivation.
  2. Organizing and conducting out reach dental health programmes.
  3. Health awareness activities.
  4. Health awareness days celebrations.
  5. Health education programmes.
  6. School dental health programmes.
  7. Awareness skits.
  8. Comprehensive oral health care: Performing all the necessary treatments, prevention and promotion of oral health at individual and community levels.
  9. Research activities.
  10. Conducting regular epidemiological surveys to access the oral health problems of communities.
  11. Planning appropriate community oral health programmes.
  12. Clinical trials to evaluate the effiency of newer preventive and therapeutic agents.

KEY FEATURES:

  1. Village Adoption Programme: The department of Public Health Dentistry had initiated the Village Adoption Programme from November 2011. Under this programme, the department has adopted four villages of Vallabhnagar Tehsil namely; Badgaon, Daulatpura, Intali and Rundera. These villages are situated at a distance of around 35 kms from the college and have a common route.

The highlights of this programme are :-

Regular camps and health education programmes are conducted in these villages to create awareness and motivation regarding oral hygiene.

  • Free transport facility is provided to the villagers on every Tuesday and Thursday so that the villagers can avail oral health care services at Pacific dental college and hospital.
  • Basic treatment is provided at free of cost and other complex treatment procedures are provided at minimal costs.

Every month around 350 – 400 patients from these villages visit the college for dental treatment.

  1. Patient feedback: The department records the feedback of patients visiting Pacific Dental College and Hospital on daily basis to assess the patient’s perception and satisfaction towards dental care at the institution. The data is regularly analyzed and interpreted based on which necessary steps are taken to increase the patient satisfaction.
  2. Patient’s help desk:The department is running a help desk in the central reception area of the hospital during the hospital hours to provide assistance to the patients in matters related to hospital services.
  3. Satellite centers: The department has 2 urban and 2 rural satellite centers which are underserved areas in order to provide oral health care services to the people.
  4. Attachment with Primary Health centers: The department is attached with three primary health centers at Dabok, Khemli and Ghasa villages. Weekly once visits are made on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. Oral health services are provided by interns and postgraduates of the department.

SATELLITE CENTERS

SEWA BHARTI SATELLITE CENTER
It is situated at Ambamata area in Udaipur city which is around 18 kms from the college. The satellite center is a part of Sewa Bharti Hospital which is run by Sewa Bharti Trust. It has a well established dental clinic and all the treatment procedures are carried out at the center.
NANESH NAGAR SATELLITE CENTER
This is a rural satellite center situated in Village Danta, near Kapasan. The center is around 78 kms from Udaipur city established by Acharya Shri Nanesh Vikas Samta Trust. This satellite center has a dental clinic with a dental chair. Visits are made twice a month at this center.
CENTRAL JAIL SATELLITE CENTER
The Central jail in Udaipur city is located about 10 kms from the college and is situated in the centre of the city. This center was started on 8th October 2007. There are approximately 1100 prisoners and the visit is made on every third Wednesday of the month.

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