With 100 students admitted per year, the Department of Public Health Dentistry trains and guides the undergraduate students to be responsible dentists, clinicians and researchers so as to create, promote and establish positive perceptions about oral health in the community. Our undergraduate students are involved in descriptive, analytical and clinical trials research. Several students have received grants from ICMR, IAPHD and Colgate Palmolive. The department boasts of several external funded and self-funded UG/PG research projects. Apart from the DCI prescribed curriculum, Department of Public Health Dentistry also encourages the undergraduate students to be part of the various programs like Early clinical exposure program for 1st & 2nd year undergraduate students, in Short Term Scholarship (STS) projects, in creating educational and promotional study models and videos.Undergraduate students are trained to conduct health education, screening and render treatment to the community at large. They are also encouraged and trained to participate in various conferences and present the scientific papers and posters. They are taken for Field visits to water treatment plant and primary health centers.
The highest standard of training is provided to the postgraduate students, so that they evolve as great leaders, policy makers, clinicians, epidemiologists, statisticians and researchers.
Along with the formal Postgraduate teaching they are encouraged to do clinical and preventive procedures. They have an opportunity to work in basic research laboratory to carry out various in-vitro procedures and animal-based trials in collaboration with ICMR and Ayurveda Research Labs to work on indigenous projects and gain expertise in it.
The Postgraduate students are trained to conduct various types of observational, descriptive and experimental studies throughout their curriculum and are also given adequate training to frame and draft research proposals and critically evaluate scientific literature.
The Postgraduate students are also trained in the development of communication skills and teaching skills to excel in community-based outreach programs.
We conduct Postgraduate exchange programs where we train Postgraduate of other institutes in India. We have a number of alumni who have excelled in research and academic fields. Some of them alumni are currently holding prestigious posts as Dean, Principal or Head of the Departments in various government and non-government organizations, nationally as well as internationally.
Ph D COURSE
Ph D course was started in department of Public Health Dentistry in 2006. We have been instrumental in shaping 5 dedicated researchers to PhD scholars. Some of them have extensively researched on herbal products as they believed that “Nature is the best Healer”. One of the product has been applied for Patent which will be helpful in preventing caries among children.
Training the dental hygienists
Undergraduate Biostatistics workshop: Every year a workshop on “Fundamentals of Biostatistics in Dental Research” is scheduled for final year undergraduate students in the Department of Public Health Dentistry under the able guidance of skilled and dedicated staff.
Postgraduate Biostatistics workshop: Every year a workshop on “Fundamentals of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Dental Research” is scheduled for 1st year Postgraduate students. We have experienced Epidemiologist and Biostatisticians as the resource persons for the same.
ENRICHMENT PROGRAM FOR INTERNS
Training and guidance for NEET Entrance Exams is provided in the subject of Public Health Dentistry.
EARLY CLINICAL EXPOSURE
Department of Public Health Dentistry conducted sensitization lecture and visit to all specialty departments of KLE VK Institute of dental sciences as part of early clinical exposure for first-year BDS students. It was held from July 1 st – July 8 th , 2023. As part of this program, students visited Kakati Government School, KLE Dr. M. S. Sheshgiri College of Engineering and Technology, and the dental satellite center of KLE centenary charitable hospital at Yellur. Additionally, they visited the KLE Advanced Simulation Centre and Clinical Skills Lab, gaining invaluable insights into practical dentistry and fostering direct interaction with field experts. This initiative significantly enriched the students’ understanding and engagement with the dental profession.
Department of Public Health dentistry conducted sensitization lecture and visit to dental and other laboratories such as Indian Council of Medical Research- National Institute of Traditional Medicine (ICMR-NITM) and Basic Science Research Centre (BSRC) as part of early clinical exposure for second year BDS students. It was held on 22nd and 26th May, 2023. The students benefited from this initiative as it provided them with valuable insights into the practical aspects of dentistry and the opportunity to interact with experts in the field.
WORKSHOP ON “DESIGN THINKING –A TOOLKIT FOR INNOVATION” – 16th May 2023
Dr. Roopali Sankeshwari was invited as a resource person to a workshop on ‘Design Thinking’ organized by KLE College of Pharmacy, Hubbali on 16th May, 2023.
On the occasion of World Oral Health day-23rd March 2023, Dr. David and Dr. Laxmi Kabra delivered a radio talk through Venudhwani on the “Importance of oral and general health” in Marathi and Hindi respectively.
Dr. Laxmi Kabra delivered a radio talk through Venudhwani on the “Importance of
toothbrushing” on 5 th November,2022.
Lecture on “Effects of tobacco on Oral health” on 29/08/2022
Dr. Roopali Sankeshwari was invited as a resource person to deliver lecture on Effects of tobacco on Oral health organized by NTTF, Dharwad, Karnataka
Workshop on “Research Designs and Manuscript Writing” from 14th to 16th September 2022
Dr. Roopali Sankeshwari was invited as a resource person to deliver Workshop on Research Designs and Manuscript Writing organized by KAHER’s Pharmacy College, Belagavi, Karnataka
Webinar on “Seminar Presentation and Case Presentation” on 20th January 2022
Dr. Roopali Sankeshwari was invited as a resource person to deliver Webinar on Seminar presentation and Case presentation for MDS students organized by Bharati Vidyapeeth Dental College and Hospital, Sangli through online Zoom platform. It benefitted more than 500 MDS students all over India.
Treatment procedures rendered in the Department
The Public Health Dentistry department mainly renders preventive and comprehensive dental treatment. The preventive aspects include health education and health promotion to the general mass and target population in the community. The preventive therapeutic treatment involves ART, fluoride application , varnish application, and pit and fissure sealants. The curative aspects include procedures like placement of a permanent restoration, oral prophylaxis, and tertiary care like simple extractions and root canal treatment.
NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH DENTISTRY DAY
Monday, JUNE 19, 2023
On the occasion of National Public Health Dentistry day, the Department of Public Health Dentistry organized student activities. A photography contest, exclusive to postgraduates, was conducted on the theme “Public Health Dentistry through my lens”. A lecture on ‘Scope of public health dentistry’ was organized for the dental interns. The initiatives enriched students understanding, fostering appreciation for this specialized field.
WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY
Wednesday, MAY 31, 2023|Kangrali|NSS activity
On the occasion of No Tobacco Day, the Department of Public Health Dentistry organized a camp in collaboration with the NSS unit of KLE VK Institute of Dental Sciences in the Kangrali industrial area. Dr. Roopali Sankeshwari delivered a health talk to over 100 factory workers. The program received an overwhelming response from the factory workers, who not only absorbed the message but also sought further support by returning for dental check-ups and tobacco counselling sessions in the following days.
WORLD HEALTH DAY on Friday, APRIL 07, 2023
World Health day was celebrated on 7th April 2023, Monday at C.B Kore Sugar factory, Chikkodi on behalf of Department of Public Health Dentistry, KLE VK Institute of Dental sciences, Belagavi. Free dental check-up, health education talk, demonstration of tooth brushing technique was conducted. Toothbrushes and toothpastes were distributed. 60 individuals were benefited from this program.
NATIONAL TOOTHBRUSHING DAY on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 07, 2022
Tooth brush day was celebrated on 7th November 2022, Monday at Madhyamik Vidhyalay, Jambotti on behalf of Department of Public Health Dentistry, KLE VK Institute of Dental sciences, Belagavi. Free dental check-up, health education talk, demonstration of tooth brushing technique was conducted. Toothbrushes and toothpastes were distributed to the Students. More than 200 school students benefited from this program.
NATIONAL TOOTHBRUSHING DAY on Tuesday, 9th November 2021.
Toothbrush day was celebrated on 9th November 2021, Tuesday at Sardar High School, Belagavi on behalf of the Department of Public Health Dentistry, KLE VK Institute of Dental Sciences, Belagavi. A free dental check-up, Health Education talk, demonstration of tooth brushing technique, and oral health instructions containing pamphlet distribution was conducted. More than 100 school students benefited from this program.
WORKSHOP ON “RESEARCH METHODS AND GRANT WRITING” on 7th September 2021.
Dr. Roopali Sankeshwari was invited as a resource person to deliver a workshop on research methods and grant writing organized by UDHP, KAHER, Belagavi.
Oral Health Check-up and Health Education Camp for Visually impaired children
Saturday, April 10, 2021, | Maheshwari School for Blind| Department of Public Health Dentistry-
An extensive camp was organized by the Department of Public Health Dentistry for visually impaired children of Maheshwari Blind School, Belagavi on 10th April 2021. The camp involved one-to-one reinforcement of brushing technique, diet, and oral health education. Salivary physical and microbiological parameters were also assessed of the children. Dr. Apurva Deshpande conducted camp along with 3 interns. A total of 26 children benefited from the camp.
District oral health mission
2010 -District oral health mission
To celebrate 25 years of KLE VK ID S, The Honorable Chancellor of KLE University, Dr. Prabhakar Kore initiated the “District oral health mission” on 4th January 2010. In the span of one year, nearly 85,558 students were screened and educated for oral health and 14,887 children were treated.
2016 – Oral health mission
“Oral health mission” was initiated to celebrate KLE Society’s centenary celebration. It was a one-year project initiated in November 2015 reaching out to 1,17,116 children.
District oral health mission 2010 &2016 details
| 2010- Silver jubilee celebration
Total number of school- 488
Total children screened- 85,558
Total treatment done-14,887
Root canal treatment-206
| 2016- Centenary celebration of KLE S
Total number of school-484
Total children screened-1,17,116
Total treatment done-25,608
Special programs for various population in and around Belagavi
Special days celebrated
WORLD HEALTH DAY
Wednesday, April 07, 2021 | Public Health Dentistry|
Department of Public Health dentistry conducted Mega Oral health education and checkup camp on occasion of world health day on 7th April at KSRP, Macche, Peeranwadi, Belagavi. Sensitization was given on appropriate brushing technique, common oral health problems, healthy diet and nutrition in dental awareness talk delivered by Dr Roopali Sankeshwari. The Camp benefitted around 200 ASHA workers, Anganwadi Workers and Reserve force police.
NO TOBACCO DAY CELEBRATION
NO TOBACCO DAY CELEBRATION: Every year on the 31st of May, “NO TOBACCO DAY” is celebrated. We have organized health talks on ill effects of tobacco, screening for precancerous lesions due to tobacco in various industrial workers, role-play and rallies raising slogans against tobacco usage by our students to create awareness.
IAPHD DAY CELEBRATION
“IAPHD DAY”, 19th June 2021
The poster and Reel making competition was organized by the Department of Public Health Dentistry, KLE VKIDS on the occasion of “IAPHD DAY” on 19th June 2021 for the undergraduate students. The theme of the competition was “COVID PROTOCOLS TO BE FOLLOWED BY GENERAL POPULATION”.
Posters and the reels were judged by Dr. Trupti Sadhunavar. E-certificates were awarded for the best posters and reels.
IAPHD DAY CELEBRATION: In order to emphasize the social responsibility of Indian public health dentists, we celebrate IAPHD day on the 21st of June every year. We organize various competitions for postgraduate and undergraduate students. Oral health education and screening camps are conducted across the city.
The Department in collaboration with other departments also celebrates World Health Day, Sadhbhavana Diwas, NSS 7-Days special programs, Blood Donation camps with Red Cross Society, and the women empowerment cell of KAHER University.