Oral health services are predominantly urban oriented. To overcome this issue and make all speciality services available to the rural population, the Department of Community Dentistry has a holistic approach wherein the department trains the students to address problems related to the rural population. It strives to make the students complete oral physicians who can address problems from its root and believe in eradicating it completely. The department trains the students to motivate people by using street plays and health talks to address problems like personal hygiene, water conservation, air pollution etc.

Since the inception of the department in 1988, a number of health programmes (treatment and check up camps) comprising of diagnosis, restorative treatment, exodontias, oral prophylaxis, oral health awareness, general health awareness etc. have been conducted.

There are 14 satellite centers which are located in districts of Kodagu, Chickmagalur, Udupi, Uttar Kannada and North Kerala. These centres provide a complete spectrum of treatment from diagnosis to complete rehabilitation with speciality treatment provided free of cost.

Aims & Objectives
Oral and dental care delivery to the masses at their doorsteps – An institutionalised approach
Orient students to the profession of dentistry, its development, philosophies and to the activities related to community oral health promotion. Provide the student with principles and working details required for administering dental practice effectively.
Create awareness about oral and dental health among members of the community through activities of community organisations and professional bodies. Make the student aware of the prevailing or changing socio-economic conditions.

Areas of study

Undergraduate Training Program
The Department of Community Dentistry is involved in training undergraduate students. Apart from lectures, exercises are designed to help the student understand the community aspects of dentistry. The students are required to submit a seminar on their allotted topics.

Field programs
Assessment of oral health status of the community using WHO proforma Preparation of oral health education material like posters, models, stage plays, skits, lectures etc. Understanding community health problems Visit to primary health centres Visit to water purification units Visit to waste disposal units Visit to water recycling plants Visit to incineration plants Visit to rural satellite centres run by the institution Organisation of community oral health programme School dental health programme Oral and dental treatment camps for rural and semi-urban population Rural centre postings for the interns Treatment camp postings on Sundays for the interns WHO and door-to-door health surveys for interns

Dr. M. Shiva Kumar, BDS,MDS Professor & HoD Dr. Audrey Madonna D;Cruz, BDS,MDS Lecturer Dr. Ravi Raman Shastri, BDS Tutor Dr. Zeena Vanisha D’costa, BDS Tutor