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Chapter-51 Public Health Aspect of Dentistry

BOOK TITLE: Manual for Dental Hygienist

Author
1. Awasthi Maj Gen PN
ISBN
9789352702282
DOI
10.5005/jp/books/14199_52
Edition
1/e
Publishing Year
2018
Pages
8
Author Affiliations
1. Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune, Maharashtra, India; Indian Army Dental Corps, Dental Council of India; Manav Rachna Dental College, Faridabad, Haryana, India, Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune, Maharashtra, India; Indian Army Dental Corps; Dental Council of India; Manav Rachna Dental College, Faridabad, Haryana, India
Chapter keywords
Public health, public health dentistry, oral hygiene, toothbrushing, mouth rinse, dental health education, interdental cleaning

Abstract

Public health aspect of dentistry deals with dental health education of the public in order to achieve the goals like prevention of onset of dental diseases, prevention of mutilating effects of dental diseases by early detection and early treatment of diseases, and prevention of recurrence of the diseases by recall visits after thorough treatment. Public health dentistry aims to reduce the diseases of the hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity and the time required to treat these diseases. Dental health education gives emphasis on the importance of oral hygiene lectures and annual dental inspections. Oral physiotherapy and home care is emphasized with the help of proper toothbrushing, gingival massage, interdental cleaning, oral rinsing with water, and fibrous diet for better cleaning aids. Oral prophylaxis consists of scaling, polishing and removal of stains, prophylactic restoration, prophylactic orthodontic treatment, elimination of abnormal habits, and removal of occlusal irregularities.

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