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Public Health Dentistry

The role of the dental public health specialist is to promote oral health through community awareness. Dentists involved in public health are responsible for assessing the oral health needs of different populations, developing policy in regards to oral health with local and national government agencies, and providing programs and services to help meet the dental needs of the community and promote awareness. Public health dentists not only promote oral health in the community, but also educate other health professionals and take part in policy decisions regarding public health and the practice of dentistry.

Public health dentists often find positions with dental schools, public health agencies and organizations, and local and national government departments. If youre interested in a career in dental public health, visit the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. The AAPHD also has a list of dental public health residency programs here.

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