Public Health Dentistry is branch of specialisation in dentistry which focuses on the overall oral health of the community. The branch deals with preventive and curative services for individual patients and also promotion of better oral health for community at large. This branch shows a different role of dentist in society as a provider of comprehensive care to the public. Uneven distribution of dental care facilities especially in rural areas, lack of awareness regarding oral health and hygiene are bound to make Public Health Dentistry an important discipline.

This branch of dentistry identifies the need for a curative clinical service that is concerned with the early diagnosis and prevention. Urbanization, increasing levels of education, standards of living and better health consciousness are bound to make community dentistry an important discipline.

This department was established in the year 1987 for the undergraduates under the able guidance of Dr. B.R. Ashok Kumar M.D.S. Since then it has taken quantum leaps in terms of its expansion and resource fullness. Recognition status for the undergraduate department was obtained in 1990, to add to it the postgraduate course started in 1992 with the initial intake of two students per year, affiliated to Karnataka University, Dharwad. From September 1996 the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore took over and gradually from 2002, onwards the department has increased the intake by one seat, thus bringing up the total to three postgraduate seats. From 2006 onwards it is affiliated to KLE University.

The subject of Public Health Dentistry is of vital importance to the undergraduates as well as for postgraduate students. Under the above guidelines, the main motto of the department of Public Health Dentistry is “Affordable, Accessible and Sustainable Oral health Care”.

The undergraduates and Post graduates in our department are trained to achieve this motto. Undergraduates training includetheoretical teaching, clinical practices to provide comprehensive care, health educations, provision of care at primary health centers, outreach programmes, research activities / ICMR projects and publications.

Postgraduates are trained to provide comprehensive dental care, take up community base projects, participation in national and international conferences, NSS activities, advance training in research and biostatistics. Students are trained to develop communication skills to take up community responsibility.

This subject has all the potential to change the very scenario of dentistry and improve oral health status for the good of community at large

- AIMS & OBJECTIVES OF THE DEPARTMENT -

AIM:

The Department of Public Health Dentistry intends to create, promote and establish positive perceptions about oral health in the community.

OBJECTIVES:

  • To identify the prevailing oral health problems in community render suitable need-based preventive, curative and prompt services.
  • To attain precision in conducting research and its application for the betterment of mankind.

- BRIEF HISTORY / MILESTONES -

1987

Department was established for Undergraduate course.

1990

Karnataka University, Dharwad
(2 Postgraduate seats every year)

1996

Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore.

2002

An increase of Postgraduate seats from 2 to 3.

2006

KLE UNIVERSITY
(Declared as Deemed – to – be University)

2007

Ph.D Course

2014

Smt. Sumitrabai R. Rao & Shri Ramachandra Rao Memorial
(Gold Medal for highest marks obtained in MDS Examination)

- FACULTY -

Dr. Anil V Ankola, MDS
Professor & Head

Total Experience:
22 years 4 months

Dr. Mahantesh Siddibhavi, MDS
Reader

Total Experience:
11 years 5 months

Dr. Roopali Sankeshwari, MDS
Reader

Total Experience:
10 years 5 months

Dr. Pratibha Patil, MDS
Reader

Total Experience:
7 years

Dr. Sagar Jalihal, MDS
Reader

Total Experience:
6 years

Dr. Vinuta Hampiholi, MDS
Reader

Total Experience: 23 years

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH DENTISTRY – LIST OF EQUIPMENTS

- RESEARCH -

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH DENTISTRY – RESEARCH

- SURVEY PROJECT LIST -

Guide: Dr. Roopali Sankeshwari

  • Awareness of Hepatitis B Infection among Healthcare Students in a Medical College in Belagavi
  • Oral Hygiene Condition in HIV Positive Children of Mahesh Foundation Belagavi
  • The behavior of the Elderly with Regard to Hygiene Procedures for Maintaining of Removable Denture in Belagavi City
  • The Role of Positive and Negative Memories in the Fear of Dental Treatment in 18-25-year-olds in Belagavi City
  • Awareness of Emergency Management of Dental Trauma among Sports Teachers and Sports Coaches of Belagavi City – A Cross-Sectional Study
  • Pattern of Caries Experience with Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Intake in Young Adults in Belagavi City.

Statistics:

YEAR TOTAL CAMPS HEALTH EDUCATION  TREATMENT 

CHECK-UP
DIAGNOSTIC

NO. OF BENEFICIARIES

2015

39 10

14

15 8203

2016

46

18 29

5958

2017

37

2

12

25

10383

2018

 29  – 06

20

 9910

TOTAL 122 12 50

89

24544

- AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS -

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH DENTISTRY – OTHER AWARDS / PRESENTATIONS / ACTIVITIES

- PUBLIC HEALTH DENTISTRY GALLERY -