Public Health Dentistry

Department of Public Health dentistry


The foundation of the department is based on the philosophy of “Prevention is better than cure” and we try to adopt this in the daily functioning of the department. As the college is situated in rural area, the vision of the Department is to provide affordable and state of the art treatment facilities to the rural masses.

Recent studies have proved beyond doubt that many health diseases have their roots in oral health behaviour of the population; hence the department coordinates with medical fraternity in various campaigns against diseases.

Department of Public Health Dentistry bridges the gap between policy makers and population. Department’s thrust areas are towards National Health Programmes through research activities, campaigns, teaching and providing services.



The students are trained to recognize the oral health needs of the population at large and are made capable to tackle oral health problems at mass level. The importance of prevention of oral diseases and the burden of the disease on the community is stressed upon. Diseases like oral cancers which are preventable by quitting deleterious habits are given due importance and students are motivated to encourage the public to discourage these habits. Improvement in communicative skills of the students is brought about by encouraging them to give oral health awareness talks on different topics to a varied audience. House surgeons are compulsorily posted in rural areas for three months to understand the health problems of the rural masses and also to appreciate the rich cultural diversity of our country.


Message from HOD

The department affirmates the age old saying “Prevention is better than cure”. With today’s emerging epidemic and pandemic situation around the globe, it becomes more imperative to understand the subtle meaning behind the proverb. The young generations of oral Health care providers are trained in the prevention of oral diseases which is proved, beyond doubt as one of the chief etiological factors for many systemic diseases. We aim at comprehensive development of our students. They are trained in recognizing the oral health needs of the community at large and provide solutions for the same. They are introduced to their role in pandemics and epidemics which is the need of the hour through enrichment programs and didactic lectures. The Department is well equipped with the paraphernalia required for the routine activities which include screening and oral health treatment camps in remote areas to provide much required oral care for the masses. The Department stages important days like World No Tobacco Day, Oral Hygiene Day etc. The department collaborates with voluntary organizations such as Red Cross, Rotary, Lions club, Farmers Associations and youth Organizations in conducting various community based programs. The Department is actively involved in social research and students are encouraged and assisted to complete short studies in the community.

Dr. Bharateesh J V