Karpaga Vinayaga Institute of Dental Sciences

Public Health Dentistry

DEPARTMENT

Public Health Dentistry

Dr. K M SUDHIR MDS, PDCR currently working as Professor & HOD completed his bachelor’s in Dental Sciences (BDS) from the College of Dental Sciences, Davangere and went on to pursue his masters in PUBLIC HEALTH DENTISTRY through merit in the College of Dental Sciences, Davangere. Aiming to be the best, he secured 1st rank in his masters and was honored with the University Gold Medal for the year 2008. He has more than 10 years of clinical experience and has participated in various workshops/courses on the rotary endodontic and esthetic dentistry and has been a well-known consultant/practitioner of rotary endodontics, micro endodontics, and esthetic dentistry.

Field of Interest: Public Health, Dental Public Health, Research Methodology, Biostatistics and Clinical and Esthetic dentistry

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Dr. S. Vishnu prasad currently working as Reader in the speciality of Public Health Dentistry, has completed his undergraduation from Sree Balaji dental college and post graduation from Ragas dental college under Tamilnadu Dr. MGR Medical University. He has teaching experience more than 9 years in current institution. Shows immense knowledge and passion towards the academic and field activities. Well versed in Administrative and Clinical preventive and curative dentistry. Shown well known reputation in Field activities and Mass educational programs. Works as reviewer in an International Journal. He has 8 scientific publication and active scientific chair person in National conferences

Field of Interest : Dental Public Health, Administrative Engament, Enivironmental sciences, Dental caries and other oral diseases

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Dr. S Srinithi currently working as Reader joined our Institution on 2019 and he attains both his under graduation Rajah muthiah institute of Dental sciences and post graduation from Meenakshi Ammal Dental college. Has an teaching experiences of 7 years and has 5 scientific publication and active participant  in National conferences and CDE programme.

Field of Interest: Research Methodology, Biostatistics and Public Health

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Dr. Mahesh J serves as Senior lecturer in the speciality of Public Health Dentistry at our Institution. He has experience of 3 years in the field, works extensively in promoting Oral Health and general health of the underserved population. Shows immense knowledge and passion towards the quality of research protocol, designing and writing proposals, application, analyzing data and publication. He completed his Masters post-graduation at Bapuji Dental College and Hospital, Davangere under Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences and his graduation at K.G.F Dental College and Hospital, Kolar. He holds his honour in the Rank list of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in his post graduation and also overall and subject topper in under graduation. Has won best paper in national conference both post graduate and staff category. Works as reviewer and member in editorial board for 2 international scientific journal. He has 9 scientific publications to his credit and also been as Guest lecturer at various institutions.

Research Interest:  Public Health, Dental Public Health, Epidemiological studies, Preventive dentistry, Bio ethics and other oral Diseases.

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Dr. H. Faizunisa  is currently working as a Senior lecturer and she has her under graduation from SRM Dental college, Ramapuram and post graduation from Meenakshi ammal dental college. Has an experience of 2 years in the field.  The most soft spoken and eminent teacher. She deals with the department academic and administrative activities. She has 6 scientific publications to her credit and an active participant in National conferences and CDE programs.

Field of Interest: Clinical discussion, Research Methodology, Biostatistics and Public Health

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Dr. G Indrapriyadharshini is currently working as a Senior lecturer and she has done her under graduation from Rajas dental college and post graduation from Ragas dental college under Tamilnadu Dr. MGR Medical University. Has an experience of 2 years in the field. The most enthusiastic of all and she deals with the department academic and administrative activities. Has won best Paper and poster presentation in her post graduation. She has 3 scientific publications and an active participant in National conferences and CDE programs.

Field of Interest: Research Methodology, Biostatistics and Public Health

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Dr. K Santhosh serves as Tutor in our Institution. He has an experience of 7 years. Has done his under graduation at Sree Balaji Dental college also pursuing his MBA Hospital management. Has been a corner stone in our department in organizing and conducting field activities.

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Dr. A Santhosh serves as Tutor in our Institution. He has an experience of 3 years. Has done his under graduation at Sree Balaji Dental college Youngest of all in our department and an active staff in organizing and conducting field activities.

Public health dentistry is a unique discipline of dental sciences. It considers prevention of oral diseases, promotion of oral health and providing preventive and curative treatment for oral diseases at community level. Prevention is the corner stone of dental public health and the major emphasis is placed on primary prevention, preventing disease even before its onset. Our department follows a holistic approach and also proved to be cost effective. The discipline of dental public health draws a lot from other allied disciplines like Social Sciences including ethics, Psychological Sciences and Administrative Sciences.


Oral health care services and Oral health research at community level are our priority areas. As identified for work in the department. The department has undergone renovation couple of times, the last renovation was done in the year 2019 and OHEC cum Museum was thoroughly renovated in 2019.

Teaching and learning public health competencies through self directed learning are the core activities done in along with regular academics. Different methods of teaching and learning are adopted in order to reach the students and also the community. Apart from regular lectures, practical and clinical teaching sessions, the department also conducts Problem based learning sessions, Case based learning sessions, Concept Mapping, Buzz Sessions while doing lectures, Project based learning activities and Collaborative learning through field activities.        

Students are posted to work in rural setting, industrial camps, KIMS medical hospital and urban center affiliated to the department and college. Department has two (Rural and Urban) Training health centers where namely,

  1. Rural health training centers – Pullipakam,Chengalpet.
  2. Urban health training centers- Anna nagar, Chengalpet.

Faculty members, post graduate students and the interns’ are posted to these centers either regularly or periodically to deliver health care services to the target population. Basic oral health care services like screening and diagnostic services, emergency treatment services, scaling and polishing of teeth, simple restorations, chair side oral health education and referral services are provided to the patients along with General Health care who visit these centers. All these services are provided on free of cost basis to all these patients at the respective centers. Those patients referred from these centers to the Karpaga vinayaga institute of dental sciences receive a majority of treatments at free of cost and few modalities of treatment at a subsidized cost

Dental camps are regular activities of the department. Voluntary Health Organizations, NGOs, Charity Foundations, Educational Institutions and Political Service Organizations request the department for conducting treatment and screening camps. On request camps and school dental programs are conducted regularly. Camps for special select groups like  orphans and aged people are also conducted. Certain school institutions of this kind are also adopted under MOUs. Periodic visits are given to such centres and care is being provided.  MDU (Mobile Dental Unit) and the College Bus are utilised for reaching population residing at a distance from the College and also far off places. The main theme of our department is to.. Take dentistry to the doorsteps of the community. The whole fundamental is to make Oral health care available, accessible, appropriate and acceptable

“Imparting Public Health Knowledge and Skills to Students through 
Community Based Activities considering Preventive as the only cure”

 Aim

The aim of the department is to prepare the students delivering Public Health Knowledge and Skills on Promoting oral health and prolonging the health of all oral tissues through organized community efforts

Objective

The objective of the department is to

  • To conduct outreach programs targeting various vulnerable population and rendering oral health education, preventive, curative and referral services.
  • To provide expertise to the field of public health sectors to impart a leadership role in giving an effective solutions to improve the oral health of populations rather than individuals.
  • To accentuate the graduating students to show their competencies in academic, clinicals and research
  • To provide comprehensive oral health care to referred patients, which includes chair side health education, pit and fissure sealant application, topical fluoride application, glass ionomer cement restorations and composite restorations, endodontic treatments, rehabilitative procedures, extractions and referral to other specialty departments for special curative care.
  1. Dr. K. Sudhir

S.No.

Title of the Articles

Journal Details

 

1.       

Evaluation of the erosive potency of commercial available ice candies in India using an invitro model

Journal of clinical and diagnostic research

2.       

Prevalence and severity of dental fluorosis  among 13-15 years old school of area known for for endemic fluorosis  nalgonda district Andhra Pradesh

Journal of Indian society of Pedodontics and preventive dentistry

3.       

Relationship between oral health literacy and oral health status among college students

Oral health and preventive dentistry

4.       

CAMBRA as a tool for caries risk prediction among 12 -13 year old institutionalized children a longitudinal follow up study.

Journal of oral health and preventive dentistry

5.       

Oral impacts on daily performance in white collar port workers in nellore India- a cross sectional study

International marit health

6.       

Dental caries experience in relation to body mass index and anthropometric measurements of rural children of Nellore district: A cross-sectional study.

J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent. 2019 Jan-Mar;37(1):12-17.

7.       

Cognizance and social attitudes regarding tobacco control laws in and around educational institutions of Nellore city, India.

J Educ Health Promot. 2018 Oct 29;7:125. 

8.       

Prevalence and risk-factors of early childhood caries among 2-6-year-old Anganwadi children in Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh, India: A cross-sectional survey.

Indian J Dent Res. 2018 Jul-Aug;29(4):428-433.

9.       

Impact of Sense of Coherence on Oral Health among Bus Drivers: A Cross-Sectional Study.

J Int Soc Prev Community Dent. 2018 Mar-Apr;8(2):145-152.

10.   

Effectiveness of stevia as a mouthrinse among 12-15-year-old schoolchildren in Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh – A randomized controlled trial.

J Indian Soc Periodontol. 2017 Jan-Feb;21(1):37-43.

11.   

Impact of Alcohol Dependency on Oral Health – A Cross-sectional Comparative Study.

J Clin Diagn Res. 2017 Jun;11(6):ZC43-ZC46.

12.   

Evaluation and comparison of efficacy of three desensitizing dentifrices on dentinal hypersensitivity and salivary biochemical characteristics: A randomized controlled trial.

Dent Res J (Isfahan). 2017 Mar-Apr;14(2):150-157.

13.   

Relationship between stimulated salivary factors, dental caries status and nutritional condition among institutionalized elderly people.

Oral Health Dent Manag. 2014 Mar;13(1):49-53.

14.   

Distribution patterns of enamel fluorosis in permanent dentition.

Oral Health Prev Dent. 2012;10(2):167-74.

 

  1. Dr. S. Vishnu Prasad

S.No.

Title of the Articles

Journal Details

 

1.       

Oral health status and treatment needs of a residential school children aged about 3-15 years in chennai city

Journal Of The Indian Association Of Public Health Dentistry Vol 2011 Issue : 17

2.       

A case of accidental aspiration of an endodontic instrument by a child treated under consciour sedation

European Journal Of Dentistry Volume 7 / Issue 2 /

3.       

Management of foreign body ingestion in children with cerebral palsy –need for proper trauma management protocol

Journel Of Dentistry And Oral Biology

4.       

Report on oral health status and treatment needs of 5 – 15 years old children with sensory deficits in chennai, india

Journal Of Special Care Dentistry

5.       

Soft tissue laser in the treatment of granuloma gravidarum

Case Report

6.       

Oral health status in north east part of  Chennai, Thiruvannamalai , Kancheepuram, District tamil Nadu – a cross  sectional Study

International  journal of scientific research 8(7) July 2019. 1-3.

 

  1. Dr. S. Srinithi

S.No.

Title of the Articles

Journal Details

 

1.       

Pathway to excel in dental public health- outreaching to the needy ( a review)

Journal of Indian association of public health dentistry

2.       

Dental awareness and attitudes among medical practitioners in Chennai

Journal of oral health and community dentistry

3.       

Oral health status and treatment needs among nursing students and nursing staff in Chennai

 

       Journal of oral health and community dentistry

4.       

Culture enslavement or liberation

 

International journal of current research

5.       

Dentition status , periodontal status , dento facial anomalies and treatment needs among differently abled children in Chennai

Journal of oral health and community dentistry

 

  1. Dr. Mahesh J

S.No.

Title of the Articles

Journal Details

 

1.       

Bioterrorism- a wreak havoc pushing life to limits

Unique journal of medical and dental sciences 2016;04 (01): 1-6.

2.       

Saarc- pt model endeavouring quality dental care

Scholars of dental sciences 2016: 3 (5) ; 147-152

3.       

Comparative evaluation of change in salivary ph on consumption of dry ready to eat cereals, cereals with and without added sugar in milk – an in vivo study

Indian journal of medical and pharmaceuticals sciences october 2016 ;3(10): 27- 32

4.       

Antimicrobial efficacy of terminalia arjuna on potent periodontopathogens: an in vitro study

World journal of pharmaceutical and life sciences  2017, vol 3 issue 4

5.       

Miswak an indigenous plant in dentistry- a general outlook

Indian journal of medical research and pharmaceutical sciences 2018 ; 5 (10) – (14)

6.       

Knowlegde and attitudes of anganwadi workers towards oral parafunctional habits – a cross sectional survey

Global journal for research analysis 2019 ; 8 (01) ; 114 – 116

7.       

Prevelance of dental caries  among sugar factory workers- a croess section study

Open access journal of dental sciences 2019 2019, 4(3): 000231.

8.       

Oral health status in north east part of  Chennai, Thiruvannamalai , Kancheepuram, District tamil Nadu – a cross  sectional Study

International  journal of scientific research 8(7) July 2019. 1-3.

 

  1. Faizunisa H

S.No.

Title of the Articles

Journal Details

 

1.

Evaluation of Food Adulteration among Selected Food Items – In Vitro Study.

International Journal of Health Sciences and Research 2016.Vol.6;5: 139-145

2

Role of Primary Health Centres in delivering oral health care in India.

International Journal of Current Research 2016. Vol. 8; 8: 37131-37135.

3.

Photodynamic Therapy

 

InternationalJournal of Current Research, Vol 8, Issue 9, 39431-39433, September 2016.

4

Blocks perceived by the dentists towards the treatment of early childhood caries in chennai city – a cross-sectional study.

Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry 2017. 35: 291-295.

5

Caries Experience, Clinical Consequences of Untreated Dental Caries and

Associated Factors among School Going Children – A Cross-Sectional

Study

Indian Journal of Dental Research

6

Green Dentistry – An Eco Friendly Concept

Journal of Indian Dental Association Tamilnadu

 

 

 

  1. G. Indrapriyadharshini

S.No.

Title of the Articles

Journal Details

 

1.        

Oral Health‑Related Quality Of Life In Patients Treated For Oral Malignancy At Kanchipuram District, India: A Cross‑Sectional Study.

Indian Journal Of Cancer | Pulished By Wolters Kluwer – Medknow.

 

2.        

Remineralizing potential of CPP-ACP on white spot lesion – A systematic review

Indian journal of dental research

3.        

Effectiveness of nicotine replacement therapy with tooth – whitening agent on smokers dependence and tooth stain: An interventional study

International Journal of Oral Health Sciences

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