Dental Services - Preventive Care

The following positions serve under the guidance of the Chief of Dental Services:

Dental services, as an integral division of the health department, play a vital role in promoting and ensuring optimal oral health for individuals and communities. This division focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of various dental conditions, contributing to overall well-being and quality of life.

The primary objective of the dental services division is to provide comprehensive dental care to the population it serves. This includes a wide range of services, such as:

  1. Preventive Care: Dental professionals in this division emphasize the importance of preventive measures to maintain good oral health. This includes routine dental check-ups, cleanings, and oral health education to promote healthy habits, such as proper brushing and flossing techniques, and the importance of a balanced diet.

  2. Oral Examinations and Diagnostics: Dental professionals conduct thorough examinations to assess the oral health of individuals, diagnose dental conditions, and develop appropriate treatment plans. This may involve X-rays, oral cancer screenings, and other diagnostic tools to identify issues like tooth decay, gum disease, or oral abnormalities.

  3. Restorative Treatments: The dental services division provides various restorative treatments to repair and restore damaged or missing teeth. This may include dental fillings, root canal therapy, crowns, bridges, and dentures. These treatments aim to preserve natural teeth, restore function, and improve aesthetics.

  4. Emergency Dental Care: In cases of dental emergencies such as severe toothaches, dental trauma, or infections, the division ensures prompt and efficient care. Immediate attention is given to alleviate pain, address urgent dental issues, and prevent further complications.

  5. Periodontal Care: Gum health is crucial for overall oral health. The dental services division offers periodontal care, including scaling and root planing (deep cleaning), gum disease treatment, and maintenance to prevent or manage gum-related problems.

  6. Orthodontic Services: The division may include orthodontic services to correct misaligned teeth or jaws. Orthodontic treatments such as braces, aligners, and retainers help improve the alignment, bite, and appearance of teeth, contributing to oral health and overall well-being.

  7. Pediatric Dentistry: Dental care for children is a significant focus within the dental services division. Pediatric dentists specialize in providing age-appropriate preventive and restorative care for infants, children, and adolescents, promoting proper oral development and instilling good dental habits from an early age.

  8. Community Outreach and Education: The dental services division actively engages in community outreach programs to raise awareness about oral health, dental hygiene, and disease prevention. This may involve organizing oral health campaigns, school visits, and collaborating with other healthcare providers to promote overall health and wellness.

By incorporating dental services as another division within the health department, comprehensive healthcare is ensured, addressing not only general medical needs but also prioritizing oral health as an essential component of overall well-being. This approach aims to improve access to dental care, promote preventive measures, and foster a healthier population with optimal oral health outcomes.