International Journal of Oral Health Sciences

: 2016  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3-


GV Gayathri 
 Editor-in-Chief, Department of Periodontics, Bapuji Dental College and Hospital, Davangere, Karnataka, India

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G V Gayathri
Editor-in-Chief, Department of Periodontics, Bapuji Dental College and Hospital, Davangere, Karnataka

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Gayathri G V. Editorial.Int J Oral Health Sci 2016;6:3-3

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Dear Alumnus,

Season's greetings.

At the outset, I am happy to inform you all that our prestigious institution has certified with ISO 9001-2008 for being an ideal center for quality education and health services.

The present burning issue in health sector is the saturation in the field of dentistry! A fact or a myth?

Currently, due to the overcrowding of dental colleges in the country, thousands of dentists are coming out every year with very low prospectus of job. In India, the distribution of dentists in the public found to be 1:10,000 in urban areas and 1:250,000 in the rural areas. [1] At present, maintenance of a balanced geographical distribution of dentists is the main challenge to our profession. There is a necessity of enhancement of job opportunities to provide care to underserved population of rural areas.

As a solvation, government should be strict and vigilant in maintaining the standard of education and service of the existing dental institutions. Only 5% of the graduated dentists are working in the government sector. [2] Hence, government should plan to create new job opportunities for dentists and provide advanced aids to rural government healthcare centers to balance the uneven distribution of dentists and to provide quality dental care to the needy people. Dentist should strive for an altruistic, honest effort to educate the rural public to bring oral health awareness. If appropriate decisions are not made on time, it will negatively affect the integrity of dental profession and highly trained dental manpower of the country will go waste or it may lead to brain drain. By concentrating on enhanced cultural competency and better appreciation of the needs of the population we may transform today's saturation into tomorrow's hue.

"A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success."

With this hope, the current issue of IJOHS presents you quality articles pertaining to all fields of dentistry, I anticipate constant support from you in future also.


1Tandon S. Challenges to the oral health workforce in India. J Dent Educ 2004;68 7 Suppl: 28-33.
2Vundavalli S. Dental manpower planning in India: Current scenario and future projections for the year 2020. Int Dent J 2014;64:62-7.