Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry

Dr. Maria Moin
Head of Department


The subject taught in dentistry focuses on the oral health of populations rather than individual patients. The discipline knowledge serves as a pivotal hub within the realm of oral healthcare, focusing on the broader societal and public health aspects of dentistry. It extends beyond traditional clinical practices, delving into preventive measures, community outreach, and health education initiatives. Its mission revolves around promoting and safeguarding oral health at the community level, emphasizing the importance of disease prevention, health promotion, and equitable access to dental care. Through collaborative efforts with local communities, public health organizations, and educational institutions, the Department of Community Dentistry plays a vital role in fostering a comprehensive and inclusive approach to dental health, addressing the multifaceted challenges that impact communities at large.

Preventive & Community Dentistry

Community/Preventive dentistry is the dynamic field of dentistry which provides basic & advanced health knowledge to an individual and group of people, prevention of oral/dental diseases & awareness of oral hygiene in any population. Community Dentistry is a basic science subject taught in the Second Professional year of BDS. The main purpose of the subject is to achieve good oral hygiene & to spread health awareness in the public through organized community efforts.

This course aims to stimulate interest and to encourage a questioning approach to community dental health issues and their relationship to clinical practice. The curriculum provides the student with a broad range of knowledge and practical experience in the philosophy and basis of dental public health, primary health care approach, an introduction to epidemiology of oral diseases as it relates to dental research, behavioral sciences, biostatistics and oral health services.

The subject is essential to the practice of dentistry a sit promotes an understanding of the sociology of oral health, oral health promotion and provision of oral health care and puts it into context within society and seeks to answer questions at a population level.

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