Seminar - 90 Minutes
Globally, common preventable dental diseases are still a neglected epidemic for billions of people especially vulnerable population groups. Additionally, access to care and oral health disparities continue to be challenges. Global population demographics are also changing with an increasing aging population associated with multiple chronic diseases, thus the need for interprofessional management abound. Dentists trained in dental public health can respond to these unmet needs and challenges at the organizational, policy, and individual level, if they are appropriately trained to prevent and treat oral diseases. In this changing environment, there is an enormous need for the discipline and specialty of dental public health to be forward thinking, nimble, and planning in advance. The purpose of this ABDPH Board Symposium is to examine the current practices and training needs of dental public health specialists in 2030.