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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 696-703

Oral Health Outreach Programmes as Educational Opportunities

Department of Public Health Dentistry, Vokkaligara Sangha Dental College & Hospital, K.R Road, V.V Puram, Bangalore 560004, India

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Access to oral health is a complex issue involving barriers as diverse as inability to afford services, unavailability of services, transportation problems, cultural preferences, language hindrances and so forth. Adding to these barriers is the dentists' attitude and perceived comfort in treating the underserved. This article brings out the importance of including outreach programmes in the curriculum for dental students to reinforce desirable attitude in future dental professionals regarding treating the underserved segments of the population. Student perceptions of such outreach training programmes already in existence are outlined. The challenges faced while organizing such programmes are also highlighted.

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