The Department of Public Health Dentistry, Dayananda Sagar College of Dental Sciences, is actively associated with training of undergraduate and post graduate students both in theory as well as guiding them in various research activities in the field of Dental Public Health.
In addition to the above, the department is also actively involved in various health initiatives, social activities, rural health programs and school dental health programs.
To create awareness and knowledge about theme based WHO program by conducting seminars and lectures and promoting health in general and oral health in particular.
Cancer Awareness and Tobacco cessation-
In association with the Karnataka Cancer Society (KCS) the college actively participates in all awareness rallies related to Cancer awareness and Tobacco cessation. The ill effects of tobacco usage and its prevention was stressed upon by conducting a series of lectures and cessation programs among rural-urban masses including schools. The college also participates in poster competitions held annually by the KCS.
Oral Hygiene Day-
The department participates annually in the oral hygiene day rallies held on 1st August. The college was awarded the Best Tableau for the Oral Hygiene rally held in 2013.
Blood Donation Camps-
The college in association with various NGO’s such as Lions club, Rotary along the Red Cross Society conducts blood donation camps annually within the campus.
World Anti-Aids Day-
December 1st of every year is celebrated as the World Anti Aids Day. The college is involved in distribution of health education materials regarding AIDS as well as in distributing red ribbons to the public as a mark of awareness.
Social activities are the heart of Department of Public Health Dentistry in Dayananda Sagar College of Dental Sciences. Our normal schedule is complemented and enriched by a series of extension activities aimed at serving the needy who are not in the reach of oral health care facilities. This gives us a satisfaction of fulfilling our moral responsibilities towards the society by caring for the uncared and the needy.
In this regard various activities such as free denture camps have been conducted at Ponnampet Ashram, Coorg and Mandya medical college, Mandya.
Free treatment camps are being conducted on a regular annual basis at the Malai Mahadeshwara Hills where tribal children were benefitted with treatment. About 2000 children were provided with plates and tumblers for their Mid day Meals. Oral health kits were provided to 3000 children and about 150 metal trunks were donated to the tribal children living in the ashram for storage purposes.
A rally was conducted at Freedom Park, Bangalore to lobby the government to reduce taxes on dental products so as to make it easily accessible to the lower socio economic class.
Rural Oral Health Programs-
Along with NGO’s with Sai Sparshan, Lions Club, Lioness Club, Rotary,etc the college conducts various oral health care programs stretching throughout South India.
To name a few camps are Kodlipet and Ponnampet in Coorg, Pakkala in Andhra Pradesh, Srinivasapura in Kolar and various camps in Bangalore – Mysore belt.
We are associated with two satellite centres in Bangalore, namely The Primary Health Centre, K.S Layout and Sai Sparshan Trust Kormangala. The dental clinic at the satellite centres treat around 150 patients per week. A full time dentist and helper is appointed at this center. Post graduates and interns are posted on rotation to this center. This center is fully fledged with equipment’s to treat oral health problems. All the necessary basic treatment procedures are carried out in this center and this center also acts as a strong referral system for complex dental treatment procedures. This center serves as a service provider for all the people living in and around.
Schools are a place of learning where children are available under one roof. Good habits inculcated at early stage are retained lifelong. Hence school health program acts as a channel between health care providers and community. Through school programs our department has been able to deliver quality comprehensive and incremental dental care from time to time. The Ongoing projects are making an effort for stepping towards the success of delivering quality care for the school children and is moving towards achieving the planned initiatives.