Coorg Institute of Dental Sciences, Virajpet has a well established Department of fledged Public Health Dentistry. The key tasks of this Department are to provide quality dental care, to spread oral health awareness and to motivate people to adopt oral hygiene measures.

To achieve this, the Department of Public Health Dentistry runs and maintains satellite clinics in and around Coorg. Three nodal centers have been established at Siddapur, Virajpet town and Kushalnagar. In theses clinics, the underprivilegedin the society is cared for targeted. The clinics have all the facilities and provide dental treatment for a nominal fee.

The Siddapur clinic was founded in December 2004. The excellent patient generation about 1000 per year coupled with satisfactory services provided the impetus to establish two more clinics. Thus Virajpet town clinic was adopted in January 2005 and the Kushalnagar clinic in January 2006. These clinics yielded excellent results in terms of patient assists and continue to do so. The nodal centres are overseen by efficient and committed faculty members of the department. Undergraduate and Postgraduate students are also posted and this expands their clinical opportunities and productivity.

Free Health Camps

Treatment and Screening camps comprise the main agenda in the activities of our department. Free health camps are conducted in association with schools, IDA, NGO's, voluntary service organizations and local clubs. Most of them are at rural areas in Coorg and neighboring districts and parts of Kerala state. The camps offer preventive and restorative treatment procedures and provide a forum for carrying out dental health education programs. We make the best use of audiovisual media to educate and motivate the masses through .these camps. We conduct about 80 campus annually in which we treat about12,000 patients.

The institution is responsible for caring for dental needs of regular as well as special children. The department has adopted Coorg Public School, Gonikoppal along with three other special schools, Cheshire Homes, Polibetta; Opportunity School, Kodagu Vidyalaya, Madikeri and Centre for Special Education and Rehabilitation, 'Swastha', Suntikoppa where dental treatment services are rendered with the help of a fully equipped mobile dental unit during monthly visits.

Our faculty members are posted in Government Hospital at Virajpet to provide dental health care to patients of those regions

Tibetan Refugee Settlements

Our faculty has extended their services to the Tibetan Refugee Settlements at their hospitals (Sermey, Serajhe and Tso-Jhe-Khangsar) at Bylakuppe. This also provides an excellent opportunity to our postgraduate students to study the culturally diverse populations.

We are also in association with the ‘Charity Advisory Trust’ based in the United Kingdom, which has a program that raises money to give free dental treatment to tribal communities in and around Coorg.

We are also in association with the ‘Charity Advisory Trust’ based in the United Kingdom, which has a program that raises money to give free dental treatment to Tribals in and around Coorg.

- Anuraadh – An NGO closely linked to the Institute provides charity to the Community in Health in improving the living editions of the less privileged.

- BICON – CIDS initiative - This is a unique imitative to dignose and provide care to Oral Cancer patients in the region. This initiative is showing encouraging results in primary Oral Cancer care.

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