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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 15  |  Page : 41-44

A Pathway to Excel in Dental Public Health - Outreaching to the Needy (A Review)



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One of the primary goals of public health dentistry is to deliver dental services to the community especially in the rural areas and to the underprivileged. The world wide prevalence of dental disease is a constant reminder of the almost universal need for effective dental health education programmes. A major barrier to dental care in rural areas is lack of accessibility/availability of dental services. A solution to major barrier is by delivering dental treatments to the community through organized dental health camps. In an educational camp individual, group or population are educated for factors which cause and the ways of preventing dental caries, periodontal disease, oral cancer and malocclusion. Screening camps are conducted for screening of diseases like dental caries, periodontal disease, precancerous and cancerous lesion and also malocclusion which when detected early can prevent a disability. Mobile dental units are used to offer an out reach program in the rural areas and outskirts of cities to meet the needs of the people who cannot afford or find a dentist. Hence camps must be organized meticulously and appropriate care must be ensured. Dental camps can be a ray of hope for a bright oral health care service for all the under privileged groups and population of different communities.


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