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Community Dentistry is the practice of dentistry concerned with preventive as well as diagnostic and treatment programs in a circumscribed population.
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The general public must be made aware of the mode of transmission, presenting symptoms and the measures that can be undertaken to prevent the spread of infection.
Few options- Media, Webinars...
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Awareness can be increased if everyone is involved, the task of making people aware of COVID-19 prevention should not be left to the government alone. Let all stake holders be involved: that is civic leaders, the church, the education bodies, traditional leaders NGOs and the others.
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Via in vitro study, it would be sensitive for Staphylococcus aureus which is the most common flora in oral cavity, maybe it's its indication.
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Hi,
I'm looking for the detailed list of questions from each domain (social support, perceived discrimination, tribal identity...) of the Basic Research Factors Questionnaire.
This questionnaire is used for early childhood caries.
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Thomas
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Thank you so much
Faheema Kimmie
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Intra-Oral Hydrogen-Ion Concentrations Associated With Dental Caries Activity
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The degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic oral health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions that is the core of oral health literacy, would like to know how and through what modalities they are carried out around the globe, please share you insights.
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Health literacy is becoming increasingly a crucial area of importance in public health. Firstly, it provides more citizen/client/patient empowerment. Secondly, it helps in compliance with health promotion and education campaigns for prevention of disease as well as compliance with health professional advice. 
One approach that is gaining a great deal of attention is technology and social media in promoting health literacy:
Manganello, J., Gerstner, G., Pergolino, K., Graham, Y., Falisi, A., & Strogatz, D. (2016). The Relationship of Health Literacy With Use of Digital Technology for Health Information: Implications for Public Health Practice. Journal of public health management and practice: JPHMP.
These authors conclude:
"While self-report health literacy does not appear to influence access to and use of digital technologies, there is a strong association with experiences searching for health information and preferences for health information sources. Public health agencies and organizations should consider the needs and preferences of people with low health literacy when determining channels for health information dissemination. They should also consider implementing interventions to develop health information-seeking skills in populations they serve and prepare information and materials that are easily accessible and understandable."
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Dental research is of paramount importance in order to improve mankind's ability to preserve and conserve humanity's oral health.India being a nation of more than a billion people has both the challenge to keep dentistry affordable and reachable and the opportunity to contribute immensely to global research in a meaningful manner.
The number of colleges that our country has along with the thousands of postgraduate students actively doing their dissertations makes it a fertile ground for us to translate this into a research powerhouse. But is that it, Why is dental research still not getting its due importance here and what can be done to bring it out from the shadows into the limelight.
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Acknowledging the factors mentioned in the earlier comments, I would also add another factor here that is collaborative research. I say this because I was personally conducting research on dental implants at the Material Testing Laboratory, Departments of Material Science, IIT Bombay, a few years ago. The aim of the research among other things was to improve the mechanical strength of the dental implants to lend them longevity as well as making them cheaper by using newer materials. We were fortunate to be partnered by the local dental colleges in and around Mumbai; although, we had to struggle with a lot of dentists due to their inertia to participate in such research. They were not really enthused about the project primarily due to lack of mental bandwidth that a practising doctor can offer and also because research in India is unstructured. 
I would, therefore, say that more structured collaborative research is required which would not only enrich the field but ultimately benefit the patients too. 
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Which validated questionnaire would you suggest for Oral health knowledge, attitude and practices?
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Dear syed;
I believe the following articles are also could be beneficial for developing a valid questionnaire for Oral health knowledge, attitude and practices for different ages.
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dmft/dmfs index, pufa index, prs index, icdas
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Depends on what you want to know. If you are doing an epidemiological study on a larger scale, DMFT is a measure for caries activity in the young population (not for adults!). ICDAS is probably the best we have to monitor caries lesions in individuals, so suitable for the dentist in managing caries in his patients.
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Epidemiology
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No, it will not. Hereditary is viewed as risk determinant, not risk factor. The two of them have different intervention  strategies
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I would like to see if the prevalence of talons cusp among southeast asians and the genetics behind it
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Dear Ali,
Thank you very much for your Input. It is much appreciated.
With regards,
Catherine
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Example : Assessment of Mitotic figure, abnormal mitotic activity, mild moderate and sever dysplasia grading histologically..
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Yes, you can. But use the weigthed Kappa coefficient.
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Teledentistry is a new science with little initiatives around the world. I want to know the thinking of professionals and professors about this possible support.
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Certainly useful in  reasonable limits.Usually the treatment of dental patients need immediate intervention of the doctor. Teledentistry can be used for consultations between other doctors.
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The advancement of the use (and abuse) of oral mouthwashes has relegated to the background methods of mechanical control of dental biofilm. This has reached the dental schools and influenced the choice of new dentists. There is a massive propaganda from around the world encouraging the use of mouthwashes for ease of use, and (theoretically) reach all buccal surfaces, including soft and mineralized tissues.
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Agreed. I ever practice and share this information: in practice, theory is not ever the same. Never ever it works. So, let's try to share and teach the best information on: flossing (first), toothbrushing (to complete flossing dua pharmacological process - like thickening agents) with a good ballanced dentifrice and, if mechanical oral care was done and the individual would like, moutrinses, mouthwashes, should be an alternative to complete the oral care. Thinking in social teach. Good discussion! Thanks to all! God bless you all.
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are there any validated tools that can be used in preschoolers to assess the oral hygiene status? Most of the articles have just used the primary tooth surfaces in a modified version of the Greene and Vermillion OHI index. Are there any validations on this, and are there any new tools available?
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I also wanted to add that Periodontal assessments are not usually conducted amongst pre-schoolers as Periodontal disease is not prevalent in that age group.
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In countries such as India, where there is literally no specific dental insurance scheme, introduction of such schemes will have certain advantages. With increasing dental manpower and poor urban-rural dentist distribution, insurance schemes may offer better choices for a budding dentist. This would increase better avenues for young dentists - both in urban and rural areas. At the same instance, the standard of care will be increased. On the contrary, unnecessary treatments and options may be used on patients. Is dental insurance a viable option to create and sustain the profession of dentistry?
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Dental insurance represents a very broad set of options. Getting the incentives for the patient and the practitioner will be key to assure that people know their opportunity to get care, where and when to get it, and without a large out of pocket cost. For the practitioner, trying to incentivize practitioners to bring a patient to maintenance level, where the active disease is under control, without encouraging over treatment will be very important. Excellent topic, good luck with the implementation.
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I have come across a new thing, Reverse Innovation. In this phenomenon, a technology is reinvented to carry out a task to suit the situations in lower and middle income countries. This makes the technology more efficient and cheaper. If we incorporate this into dentistry somehow, we can increase the volume of the patients, thus get more patients for the increasing number of dentists.
What do you think about it?
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by Public health dentistry. Meaning implementing relevant preventive dental health services to appropriate population groups.