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Dental public health

Dental public health is a non-clinical specialty involving assessment of dental health needs and ensuring dental services meet those needs. It is concerned with improving the dental health of populations rather than individuals and it involves working in primary care trusts, strategic health authorities and government offices. There are a few academic posts in universities and posts in the Department of Health.

Dental public health is a relatively new and expanding specialty with many training opportunities available and a current national shortage of consultants. The specialty involves working with people from all branches of dentistry as well as the NHS and other agencies. This is an ever-changing career where there is no time to get bored.

There is no formal on-call, but out of hours working is required (e.g. at evening meetings).