Public Health Dentistry

As described by the Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry (CAPHD): Dental public health is the science and art of preventing and controlling dental diseases and promoting oral health through organized community efforts.

It is a form of dental practice that serves the community a a client rather than the individual.

It is concerned with dental health education of the public, with applied dental research, and with the administration of group dental care plans, as well as the prevention and control of dental diseases on a community basis.

Dental Public Health Dentistry is a recognized dental specialty in Canada. CAPHD represents Public Health Dentists through the Canadian Dental Specialties Association, which is an affiliate of the Canadian Dental Association.

CAPHD encourages dental public health professionals to adopt the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Core Competencies for Public Health in Canada and the Dental Public Health Discipline Specific Competencies.

These set a standard for dental public health in Canada, provide a foundation for enhanced education and professional development and will ultimately strengthen the public health capacity in Canada.