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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 135-137

Public-private partnership to enhance oral health in India

1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Vishnu Dental College, Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of Periodontics, SMBT Dental College and Hospital, Sangamner, Maharashtra, India
3 House Surgeon, SMBT Dental College and Hospital, Sangamner, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Sangeeta Chavan
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Vishnu Dental College, Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2229-5194.100609

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In spite of great achievements in oral health globally, problems still remain in many communities all over the world, particularly among developing countries. The distribution and severity of oral diseases vary within the same country or region. In India, though health care is provided individually through public and private sectors, till now the oral health has not reached its summit. One of the strategies to improve oral health is through encouraging public-private partnership (P3). P3 can play a pivotal role with each sector contributing significantly to improve oral health outcomes. One of the major advantages of encouraging P3 is that when public and private sectors come together, they overcome each other's weaknesses and work like a potent bullet to slay oral problems. Clinical Relevance to Interdisciplinary Dentistry
  1. The prevention, early detection, and management of diseases of the dental, oral, and craniofacial tissues can be integrated with health care.
  2. To promote oral health, improve the quality of life, and eliminate oral health disparities.
  3. To increase the understanding of how the signs and symptoms of oral infections can indicate general health status and act as a marker for other diseases.
  4. To enhance oral health literacy and boost knowledge of the value of regular, professional oral health care.

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