To become a Public Health Dentist a Dentist must hold a DMD/DDS degree from an American Dental Association (ADA) accredited school. Many dentists enroll in a two year masters degree program in Public Health. Upon completion of the program a Dentist becomes a Public Health Dentist.
Public Health Dentistry is a specialty of Dentistry that is non-clinical. Dentists focus on the oral health of their patients, while public health dentists focus on the oral health of their community. A Public Health Dentist prevents and controls dental diseases in the community through organized community efforts, events and educational seminars. Public Health Dentists usually work in the government sector and work with state and local officials to promote oral health through education, research, dental epidemiology, policy, program, and service development and implementation. Many Public Health Dentists work 5 days a week 40 hours a week.
Much of this information was adapted from the American Dental Association (ADA).