|Year : 2016 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 259
President, IAPHD, Senior Professor and Head, Department of Public Health Dentistry, The Oxford Dental College, Hospital and Research Centre, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
|Date of Web Publication||6-Sep-2016|
S S Hiremath
President, IAPHD, Senior Professor and Head, Department of Public Health Dentistry, The Oxford Dental College, Hospital and Research Centre, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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Hiremath S S. President's Message. J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent 2016;14:259
At the outset, I would like to congratulate Dr. Sabyasachi Saha, our dynamic Hon. General Secretary of IAPHD for having occupied the post of Secretary, Dental Council of India. We are not only happy but also proud of him.
We have recently witnessed the success of the 10th National PG Convention at Virajpet. The PG convention brought together many colleagues, students, and researchers across the country. With an apt theme, “Evaluation to Evolution,” the PG convention could bring about meaningful guest lectures and panel discussion that clarified several aspects of training dental public health students. I congratulate the entire team who worked hard to make this PG convention a great success.
The goal of our specialty is achieving physical, mental, and social well-being of the community through optimum oral health. Hence, public health dentistry must address the challenges of confronting oral health problems at political, social, and economic levels not only at community, state, and national levels but also at global levels.
As a specialist of public health dentistry, we all understood the power of prevention. Saving the clients from caries, periodontal diseases, and oral cancer is an important aspect of our discipline. Changes in oral health begin with education and preventive procedures. One of our stated purposes is to increase public awareness that oral diseases can be prevented through proven regimes.
Our mission is to create, integrate, and translate population-based knowledge into preventive strategies for reducing the societal burden of human disease and disability through excellence in research, education, and public health. It is high time that we should realize the interdisciplinary approach to face the challenges facing our specialty.
This is an essential approach to face the future career challenges. The postgraduate students should widen the horizon of understanding the scope of Public Health Dentistry so that academia is not the last resort to survive as a career option. Once the wide scope of our specialty is understood, then sky is the limit. Engaging in community oral health programs can have wider public health implications, which allow us to venture interdisciplinary public health programs. Such programs can be more effective in bridging the gap between our profession and society. This will also help us gain attention from policy-makers and may help creating newer jobs in government and private sectors. I also kindly urge our faculty members to prepare our PG students in this regard.
We are all eagerly awaiting for the forthcoming 21st National Conference of IAPHD at Bhubaneswar. I am sure this conference will bring together ideas and concepts in a variety of interests related to public health dentistry. The theme promptly recognizes the present and future challenges and how our specialty should develop ideas to face them.
The official journal of IAPHD is steadily making a good progress in bringing good-quality scientific articles in our specialty, thanks to the efforts of highly enthusiastic and committed Editor Dr. Manjunath P. Puranik and his wonderful editorial team and reviewers. We are happy to know that our journal is headed toward indexing. The indexing of the journal is a major step in bringing international focus on our specialty in India.
We have come a long way in strengthening our association through an effective teamwork. I am highly optimistic that we can carry forward this growth with increasing enthusiasm to face the changing societal scenarios. The future for our association is bright because the future belongs to those who prepare for it today.
“Never give up on what you want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.”
Wishing you all a great time ahead!
With warm regards.