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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 189  

Integrated dentistry

Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, D.A.V Dental College and Hospital, Yamuna Nagar, Haryana, India

Date of Web Publication04-May-2020

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Nymphea Pandit
Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, D.A.V Dental College and Hospital, Yamuna Nagar, Haryana
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DOI: 10.4103/jisp.jisp_195_20

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Pandit N. Integrated dentistry. J Indian Soc Periodontol 2020;24:189

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Dentistry is both an art and science. To be able to practice successful dentistry we need to focus on these by increasing our competency. Competency has been defined as mastering any specific skill be it academic or practical. This is particularly relevant to dentistry because of the inherent nature of our field is treating the disease not only by medicines but also by interventions which involve the removal of diseased soft or hard tissues as well as restoration of the same.

In the present scenario where the jobs for both the graduates and post graduates is increasingly becoming scarce this becomes all the more relevant.

Looking at various aspects of patient care for a disease free oral cavity the competency can be broadly divided into those related with the diagnosis, treatment planning and ultimately carrying out the dental procedures. The first two are mainly associated with the academic part wherein the student is facilitated to carryout an extensive study of the subject and be well versed with the evidence based outcomes. It also involves development of acumen to decide the situations where referral is necessary. The third aspect requires the development of hand skills with ultimate proficiency and dedication to carry out the precise and flawless procedures. This involves practicing on simulation models and computer based applications. Teachers have a great role in emphasizing the importance of developing precise skills to the students and motivating them for the same.

At a community level it is also important for a dentist to spread awareness about the dental diseases so as to emphasize the relevance of preventive strategies and gaining confidence of the patients at the ground level. This will also help the dentist in setting up a good practice.

Apart from developing the core competency it is important to understand the ethical issues related to the practice of dentistry and understand the legal implications of malpractices. Dental education curriculum should be designed to involve a step by step learning curve to have the perfect proficiency in all dental procedures.

Presently, dental negligence and its legal implications have become a major area of fear to carryout any procedure with confidence. The root cause of this also lies somewhere in inadequate training and acquirement of precise skills at the education level of the students. The legal implications may have major financial repercussions and a negative publicity which can be devastating for a newly built practice. These aspects of dental education have to be thoroughly imparted to the students.

With these careful considerations we also have to take adequate precautions regarding the barrier techniques; as every patient is considered a potential AIDS carrier, we now have to consider the same for COVID-19.

To summarize, development of core competency in dentistry has become the need of the hour in our country due to scarcity of jobs and it's our duty and responsibility to give adequate attention and focus on the same.


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