Non-clinical oral health practice specialities

John Clement, Sergio Uribe, Rodrigo J. Mariño

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Dental public health and forensic dentistry are two key non-clinical dental specialties, described in this chapter. Dental public health is defined as the use of public health tools and skills for the prevention and control of oral disease, and the promotion of oral health, at the community level. Many dental health profession students do not consider the specialty of public health. Graduating oral health profession students are often unaware of the scope of this speciality, which can include working as oral health epidemiologists, health promotion/health educational experts, dental educators, planners or managers of health services. Dental public health specialists may work in universities, public health care provider organisations, health insurance and private health care organisations, as well as international organisations such as the World Health Organization. The primary role of a forensic dentist is to identify human remains, particularly following mass disasters, such as bushfires and tsunamis, or mass killings. However, this specialty has broadened considerably in recent times to include assessment of orofacial trauma and injuries inflicted by dentition, as well as forensic investigation of dental records. This work is highly intellectually challenging but can involve the stress of working in difficult settings and with disturbing subject matter.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCareer Paths in Oral Health
EditorsRodrigo J. Mariño, Michael V. Morgan, A. Damien Walmsley
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783319897318
ISBN (Print)9783319897301
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Dental public health
  • Forensic dentistry
  • Career path
  • Oral health

Field of Science*

  • 3.2 Clinical medicine

Publication Type*

  • 3.1. Articles or chapters in proceedings/scientific books indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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