The department of Public Health Dentistry at School of Dental Sciences, Sharda University, Greater Noida was established in the year 2006 to provide affordable and accessible oral health care to people of Greater Noida & neighboring districts since its inception. It is committed to train and calibrate the undergraduate students in Public Health Dentistry by providing dental health education, screening and treatment camps on oral diseases for the outreach population tailored specifically on the basis of research on needs of the community.
These community based dental public health programmes provide a first-hand exposure to the students on the rural as well as urban settings of the country and methods to treat them via motivation and proving dental services at their doorsteps through a centrally air-conditioned mobile dental van with two fully equipped dental chairs having all attachments & adequate sitting space for 15-20 people.
The department maintains rural satellite centres at Community Health Centre (CHC) Bisrakh, Rural Health Training Centre (RHTC) at Panchayattan Village and upcoming Urban Health Training Centre (UHTC) Centre at Bhangel. In terms of patient health care, emergency, first aid and basic oral health services are provided at camp site while referring patients requiring specialty services to the dental college hospital for further management.
- Epidemiological research
- Clinical Research
- Oral Health Promotion
- Comprehensive treatment in the department, satellite centers, rural and urban settings
- Massive outreach programmes covering more than 10,000 patients annually.
- Internee tobacco cessation control programme in collaboration with district tobacco control cell, Gautam Buddh Nagar District.
- Corporate consultancies and on site paid dental treatment camps are also an eminent feature of the department.
- Mobile dental clinic
- Training undergraduate students on current global standards by recording patient data according to the World Health Organization (WHO) oral health proforma.
- Well-developed oral health museum and counseling room that is visited by the public to create awareness among them about the most common causes of oral diseases and simple self care practices to prevent them.
- The faculty has been actively conducting research and participating in various national and international conferences on regular intervals which aids them in keeping abreast with the latest advancements (disease promotion, prevention and clinical trends) in the dental public health scenario.
- Comprehensive clinical exposure to UG students with treatment modalities ranging from extractions to composite restorations.
- Enormous emphasis is taken up by the department by organizing mass health awareness campaigns such as World Health Day, Would No Tobacco Day, World Environment Day, World AIDS Day, Universal Children’s Day, National Girl Child Day etc. where the students and faculty actively participate in motivating the general public to adopt healthy life style practices.
- The use of newer, fun based teaching approaches and aids like crosswords puzzles, sudoku, cartwheel game etc leads to maintain an interest of the students in the subject
- District Tobacco Cessation Control Centre
- Various humanitarian organizations like NSS, Rotary and Lions club and NGO: Being Social.
- Students who shall pursue their masters in Public Health Dentistry course from the School of Dental Sciences, Sharda University, shall be well adept with the local language, understand the complexities and perplexities in providing the oral health services to rural as well as urban population, building a personal as well as professional rapport with the local population and simultaneously get on-site training by treating the population through newer dental procedures, making them career ready in the future.
The upcoming masters course pursued in the department of Public Health Dentistry shall empower the students for a fulfilling career in:
- Disaster management
- Organizations like WHO, PHFI, NRHM, ICMR, etc
- Social service and commitment through government welfare schemes, PHC, CHC, NGOs and various other organizations
- Companies offering jobs like medical assistance and clinical research
- Their own clinical setup