Dr. A. G. Hari Kiran, M.D.S.
Assistant Professor
Dr. Swetha C.R.
Lecturer

The community dentistry department functions with the following objectives:

  • Orient students to the profession of dentistry, its development philosophies and activities related to community oral health promotion.
  • Develop in students, the concept of ethical behavior and laws that govern the profession.
  • Stimulate an interest in participating in community health activities.

The department of community dentistry plans a vital role in helping the institution and the RSS trust fulfill its social obligation of service to the underprivileged and making dental care accessible to people in the social and rural periphery.


SATELLITE CLINICS

The Department is involved in the running of 4 satellite centers wherein staff and interns are posted to provide Emergency care, Referral and Specialist services to reach out and provide quality dental care to the rural or the social periphery.

  • Sevakshetra Hospital
  • Ashwini Dental Care in association with Ashwini Medical Trust
  • Shantinagar Primary Health Care center in association with Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology, CAMHADD and WHO.
  • Sriramanahalli Health Center in coordination with People's Trust Organization.
  • Adoption of LFS Sriramapuram School, as part of School Oral Health Education Program.

The treatment provided in field programmes, Sriramanahalli and LFS School are free unlike at other satellite centers where patients are charged on the nominal basis.

FIELD PROGRAMMES

Under the aegis of this department since 1994 till date more than 675 screening, treatment and Oral health education programs have been undertaken in Schools, Colleges, Rural areas, Orphanages, Oldage Homes, Slums, Defense Organizations catering to the needs of more than 2,65,611 people not only in the state of Karnataka, but also in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, etc.
The Department is involved in initiating and coordinating research activities in the institution and in the collaboration of projects with prestigious organizations like UNICEF, Dental council of India, CAMHADD, etc

The Department of community dentistry coordinates regular and special NSS activities in tandem with the NSS cell of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences


"GATEWAY TO HEALTHY MOUTH"

The Department has a full-fledged health exhibition area "Gateway to healthy mouth" which boasts of sections devoted completely for educating and motivating patients towards better oral health and s general health.

The first section has cubicles displaying charts and models based on concepts of Healthy mouth, dental caries, gum diseases, malocclusion, oral cancer, etc.
The second section is the area equipped with audio-visual aids providing a seating capacity of 25-30people. Oral health programmes are screened here on regular basis as per fixed schedule.

At the HELP DESK (Health Education and Learning Programme) the visitors can clarify their doubts and seek assistance of the doctor who guides in selection of oral hygiene devices and demonstrates the appropriate method of brushing, flossing using the models, tooth brushes, tooth paste, dental floss etc available.

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