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Chapter-09 Introduction to Public Health Dentistry

BOOK TITLE: A Textbook of Public Health Dentistry

Author
1. Marya CM
ISBN
9789350252161
DOI
10.5005/jp/books/11413_9
Edition
1/e
Publishing Year
2011
Pages
13
Author Affiliations
1. Sudha Rustagi College of Dental Sciences and Research, Faridabad, Haryana, India, Sudha Rustagi College of Dental Sciences and Research Faridabad, Haryana, India
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Abstract

Public health is not a new subject. It has long and interesting history which is linked to many of the social, economic and political changes that have occurred in world’s history in the last so many years. This chapter is set out to describe to the core of what public health is, particularly its focus on populations rather than individual patients, and on prevention rather than diagnosis and treatment. Oral diseases are major public health problems on a global level. The public health importance of oral diseases is discussed here. The aim of public health is to enhance the health of population. This chapter introduces the concepts of public health dentistry, milestones in dental public health, tools and procedures that a public health dentist utilizes and the services provided to the community by a public health dentist.

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