Public Health dentistry is one of nine specialties in dentistry in Israel.
This field focuses on deepening the understanding of the biological, social, emotional, behavioral, environmental, cultural and economic aspects of health and illness, using epidemiological tools and data.
Department of Community Dental Medicine
The Department of Community Dentistry is involved in leading the significant changes that have been taking place in the field of oral and dental health in recent years, with the inclusion of dental care in Israel’s national health services. These changes led to an increase in the public interest in oral health and the design of new methods for the provision of dental care to all. The department leads the implementation of quality control in the field of dentistry in Israel, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and leading dental organizations.
The Department of Community Dentistry is involved in national activities in Israel that promote oral health. The department’s staff assists in the planning of services and programs for the government, including the Ministries of Health, Education and Welfare, municipalities, public clinics, insurance companies, the Israeli Dental Association etc. The Department conducts research in cooperation with the School of Public Health of the Hebrew University and Hadassah, as well as various competitive studies and in cooperation with commercial companies.
Public Health dentistry is the part of a dentistry which has expertise in population-based dentistry, oral health monitoring, policy development, community disease prevention and health promotion, and is the dental health safety net.