A program that focuses on the scientific study of dental disease prevention and control, community dental health promotion, and prepares dentists and public health professionals to function as dental health specialists. Includes instruction in preventive dentistry, the relationship of oral disease to health and quality of life, patient and practitioner behavior, dental epidemiology, nutrition and dental health, dental care policy and delivery, oral health program planning and administration, biostatistics, and research methods.

Dental Public Health and Education Careers in Dentistry

A program that focuses on the scientific study of dental disease prevention and control, community dental health promotion, and prepares dentists and public health professionals to function as dental health specialists. Includes instruction in preventive dentistry, the relationship of oral disease to health and quality of life, patient and practitioner behavior, dental epidemiology, nutrition and dental health, dental care policy and delivery, oral health program planning and administration, biostatistics, and research methods.

Dental Public Health. The ADA defines dental public health as the segment of dentistry that leads in the responsibility of maintaining the dental safety net, that is, providing quality dental care to the materially poor. The organization charged with promoting and preserving the integrity of the specialty is the American Board of Dental Public Health (www.aaphd.org/abdph). The ADA further conceives dental public health as the dental practice that treats the community as the patient. The dental specialty of dental public health targets areas of population-based dentistry and oral health surveillance (as in the academic or policy examination of dental health disparities among specific populations, and the reporting and recording of trends in dental health, like increases in the prevalence of dental caries); dental policy-setting in organized dentistry; community-based dental and other disease prevention, and the promotion of good oral health as the gateway to good general health. The organization charged with residency programs and dental specialty training in dental public health is the American Association of Public Health Dentistry.