Public Health Dentistry

About us

The Department of Public Health Dentistry (formerly known as Preventive and Community Dentistry) is an expert field in dentistry which deals with the promotion of oral health through the art of prevention. The field has been expanding with more emphasis being placed on total dental care delivery system and its impact on oral health status. The department has been actively involved in providing comprehensive oral health care i.e. preventive, therapeutic and rehabilitative care along with health education and motivation for the society.

The department has been offering comprehensive oral care at the institution and in rural areas through fully functional satellite centres, adopted dental clinics at the Tibetan settlement, school dental clinics and special schools. The department also has state of the art mobile dental unit specially designed to provide oral health care at remote and inaccessible areas thereby exposing graduating interns to complex scenarios.

The department also renders dental care and referrals to specialist clinics as and when needed. Department regularly conducts health camps as part of its service to society throughout the far flung southern part of Karnataka and northern part of Kerala. The department has been actively involved in organizing mass awareness campaigns through radio talks, audio-visual health talks, health education exhibitions, street plays and health rallies on special occasions. The department also has an oral health education unit at the Department with visual and material aids to educate patients on oral health.

Our Vision
  • Society with zero oral health related problems and this can be achieved by providing best oral health care by bringing oral health services right to their doors.
  • Educate young professionals to facilitate – reinforcement of learning and acquisition of knowledge, achievement of basic dental skills, development of sound dental attitudes and habits, understanding of professional and ethical principles.
  • To become an accomplished centre of unique evidence based dental education system in the country.

Our Team:

Professor and Head
Dr. Jithesh Jain completed his BDS from AB Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore in 1992 and his MDS (Public Health Dentistry) in 1999 from SDM College of Dental Sciences, Dharwad. He is the member of Disciplinary committee of CIDS, Virajpet. He is a PG guide with several completed and ongoing research projects. He is also the Vice Principal (Academics) of the Institution.

Image Dr. ANANDA S.R.
Dr. Ananda S.R. completed BDS from Bapuji Dental College, Davangere, and MDS (Public Health Dentistry) from College of Dental Sciences, Davangere in 2009. He has completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Biostatistics and SAS programme from Cliniminds, Bangalore. He is also the NSS Program Officer of CIDS, Virajpet. He is a PG guide with several completed and ongoing research projects.
Image Dr. RENUKA P.
Dr. Renuka P. completed BDS in 2004 from Bapuji Dental College, Davangere, and MDS (Public Health Dentistry) in 2012 from M.S. Ramaiah Dental College and Hospital, Bangalore, Karnataka. She has several completed and ongoing research projects.

Senior Lecturer
Dr. Bhakti Sadhu has completed her BDS in 2011 and MDS (Public Health Dentistry) in 2015 from A. J. Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore. She has also completed her PG Diploma in Bioethics and Medical Ethics (PGDBEME) from Centre of Bioethics, Yenepoya University, Mangalore. She has been a Trainee Surveyor in International Course on Surveying and Evaluating Ethical Review Practices, Yenepoya University Ethics Committee, Mangalore. She has also completed 6 months Certificate Course on Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Methodology from Manipal University. She has several completed and ongoing research projects.
Senior Lecturer

Dr. M.S. Ponnkatty has finished BDS in the year 2004 from Siddartha Dental College, Tumkur. He is incharge of Kushalnagar Dental Clinic, Kushalnagar.

Dr. Raghavendra completed his BDS in the year 2007 from Coorg Institute of Dental Sciences, Virajpet. He is incharge of Dental Clinics at Tibetan Settlement, Bylakuppe (Tso-Jhe Khangsar Charitable Hospital, Bylakuppe and Sermey Social Service Hospital, Bylakuppe).


Clinical Facilities:

  • Customised Teaching Modules according to the Needs of the Individual by adequately Staffed Faculty.
  • Advanced Applied Basic Science Teaching Programme to Strengthen the Foundation.
  • Encouragement for Problem Based Learning (PBL).
  • CCE (Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation) Model for Academic Progress and Monitoring to avoid Stress related to Exams.
  • Widest Spectrum of cases.
  • Development of Social Skills Including Oraganising and Conducting of Camps, Exhibitions, Road shows, Street play and Health Awareness programs.
  • Multidisciplinary Approach to patient management in Community setups.
  • Dissertation in Futuristic Topics in Demand.


S. No.


Date of Inception


Total No. Attended


School Dental Unit,

COPS, Gonikoppal


18 kms



Ponnampet Nodal Centre,

Sri Ramakrishna Sevashram Hospital, Ponnampet


(till 30-04-2009)

24 kms



Siddapur Dental Clinic

12-12 2004

18 kms



Town Clinic, Virajpet


(till 30-06-2012)

2 kms



Kushalnagar Dental Clinic


50 kms



Dental Clinic,

Tso-Jhe Khangsar Charitable Hospital, Bylakuppe


60 kms



Dental Clinic,

Sermey Social Service Hospital, Bylakuppe


60 kms



Ballele Dental Clinic, Ballele


(till 30-06-2013)

40 kms



Dental Clinic,

Govt. Hospital, Virajpet


2 kms



Kodagu Dental Clinic, Madikeri


29 kms






Details of Free Oral and Dental Camps conducted (till 31st December 2016):
Total number of camps : 896
Total number of subjects attended : 1, 49,546
Total number of subjects treated : 69,776


  • Reshmi Haridas, Peter S Sequeira, Jithesh Jain, Hemant Battur, Shreyas Tikare, Amit Mahuli. Gender and Ethnic variations in the crown dimensions of maxillary canines and first molars in a population of Coorg, Karnataka. Indian Journal of Forensic Odontology. 2010; 4(3):111-8.
  • Dr. Thippeswamy H.M., Dr. Ananda S R, Dr. Prashant GM, Dr. Chandu GN, Dr. VVS Reddy. Fluoride Content in Bottled Waters Carbonated Soft Drinks and Fruit Juices in Davangere City, India. IJDR 2010; 21(4):528¬30.
  • Shamarao S, Mannur S, Peter S Sequeira, Jithesh Jain, Hemant Battur, Shreyas Tikare, Amit Mahuli. Antifungal Activity of Ginger Extract on Candida Albicans: An In-vitro Study Journal of Dental Sciences and Research 2011; 2(2):1-5.
  • Jithesh J, Sequeira P, Dasar P, Chinmaya BR, Tikare S, Mahuli A. Teachers’ perception on current teaching methodology and tobacco cessation counseling in the subject of Public Health Dentistry – A survey report. Journal of Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry. 2011; 17: 10-13.
  • Prakash Rajasundaram, Peter Simon Sequeira, Jithesh Jain. Perceptions of Dental Students in India about Smoking Cessation Counseling. 2011; 75(12): 1603-11. Dr. Mythri H, Dr. Ananda S R, Dr. Prashant GM, Dr. Chandu GN, Dr. VVS Reddy Effectiveness of two Antimicrobial Mouth rinses in Comparison with Dental Floss in Controlling Interproximal Gingivitis and Plaque - A Six Month Clinical Trial. Journal of International Society of Preventive and Community Dentistry 2011; 1:31-35.
  • "Reaching the unreached – A case report on oral health promotion for high risk HIV patients" – Published in Journal of Dentovision in 2011.
  • "The art and science of questionnaire design" – Published in Journal of Indian Journal of Public Health Dentistry in December 2011.
  • Vivek S, Jithesh Jain, Peter S Sequeira, Hemant Battur, Shreyas Tikare, Amit Mahuli. Understanding oral health believes and behavior among Paniyan Tribals in Kerala, India; J. Int. Oral Health; Volume 4; Issue 2; May-August 2012: 23-27;
  • Shreyas Tikare, Jithesh Jain, Supreetha S, Peter Sequeira Simon. P-value- A dictum. Journal of Multidisciplinary Dentistry. 2012; 1(1): 1-4.
  • Dr. Mounesh Kumar CD, Dr. Suresh KV, Dr. Pramod RC, Dr. Anand SR. An Unusual Case of Odontogenic Fibromyxoma of Anterior Maxilla. International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology. 2012; 3(4):60-63.
  • Dr. Mythri H, Dr. Ananda S R, Dr. Chandu GN. Journey of Thousand Miles Begins With A Single Step" - An Adage for Incremental Dental Care. Indian Journal of Dental Sciences. 2012; 2(4):90-92.
  • Dr. Ananda S R, Mythri H, Dr. Prashant GM, Dr. Chandu GN, Dr. VVS Reddy. The Acidogenic Potential of Different Milk Formulas on Dental Plaque pH. Oral Health & Preventive Dentistry 2012; 10(3):225-30.
  • Vipin Jain k, Peter S Sequeira, Jithesh Jain, Mathew M. J. Sudeep CB. Evaluation of oral health status of the children attending pre-school at All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore. Karnataka State Dental Journal. 2013; 32(1): 9-12.
  • S. Vivek, Jithesh Jain, Sequeira Peter Simon, Hemanth Battur, S. Supreetha, Reshmi Haridas. Association of ABO Blood Group and Rh factor with Periodontal Disease in a population of Virajpet, Karnataka: A Cross-Sectional Study; Journal of International Oral Health; July-August 2013; 5(4); 30-34;
  • Mathew M.J., Jithesh Jain, Peter Simon Sequeira, Vipin Jain K., Sudeep C.B., Reshmi J.K. Antimicrobial efficacy of ozonated water and chlorhexidine mouthrinse on Porphyromonas Gingivalis: An Invitro Study; Journal Odontol Research 2013; Volume1; Issue 1;
  • Abhishek K.N., Jithesh Jain, Sneha C. Khanapure, Shilpa M. Ergonomics – Work Smart, Be Safe!!; J. Adv Med Dent Science 2013; 1(2); 34-39;
  • Anzil K.S. Ali, Peter Simon Sequeira, Jithesh Jain, Mahesh H., Vivek S., Supreetha S. Exploring oral hygiene practices and Periodontal status of Fishermen population of Mahe – A Cross Sectional Study; J Odontol Research 2013; 1(2); 34-42;
  • Dr. Kiran Kumar KS, Dr. Ananda SR, Dr. Ramesh K Nadiger3, Dr. NP Patil A Comparative Study of the Effectiveness of Metal Surface Treatment in Controlling Microleakage of Two Different Metal and Acrylic Resin Interface. Research and Reviews: Journal of Dental Science. 2013; 1(2): 7-12.
  • Piddennavar Renuka, Krishnappa Pushpanjali, Ramu Sangeetha Review On “Influence Of Host Genes On Dental Caries”; IOSR Journal of Dental and Medical Sciences;Volume 4, Issue 3 (Jan.- Feb. 2013), PP 86-92.
  • Piddennavar Renuka, krishnappa Pushpanjali. Review on Defluoridation Techniques of Water. Published in Journal of The International Journal Of Engineering And Science (Ijes) ||Volume||2 ||Issue|| 3 ||Pages|| 86-94 ||2013||
  • Krishnappa Pushpanjali, Malu Mohan, Piddennavar Renuka. Assessing impact of oral diseases on oral health related quality of life of institutionalized elderly using OHIP-14 in Bengaluru: A cross sectional study. Published in Journal of IOSR Journal of Dental and Medical Sciences (IOSR-JDMS) Volume 6, Issue 6 (May.- Jun. 2013), PP 57-64
  • Piddennavar Renuka, Krishnappa Pushpanjali. Leaflet Preparation and Validation Procedures. Published in Journal of Universal Journal of Public Health 1(3): 110 -114, 2013
  • Vijaya Hegde, Bhakti Sadhu, Shubhan Alva. “Correlation between Total Antioxidant Capacity and CD4 Counts in HIV Infected Patients –A Pilot Study.” Karnataka State Dental Journal, 2013; 32(2).
  • Shilpa M., Jithesh Jain, Ananda S.R., Mahesh Hiregoudar, Abhishek K.N., Sneha C.K. Knowledge, Attitude, and Practices of Anganwadi Workers Regarding Oral Health of Children in Virajpet Taluk. Journal of Advanced Oral Research. Sep-Dec 2014; 5(3): 18-23.
  • Khanapure SC, Jain J, Ananda SR, Supreetha S, Abhishek KN, and Shilpa M. Cheiloscopy: The study of lip prints in relation to gender and geographic distribution. Int J Sci Stud 2014; 2(9):1-6.
  • Supreetha Shamrao, Jithesh Jain, Sunil Lingaraj Ajagannavar, Reshmi Haridas, Shreyas Tikare, Amrutha Ammanichanda Kalappa. Knowledge and attitude regarding management of tooth avulsion injuries among school teachers in rural India; Journal of International Society of Preventive and Community Dentistry; November 2014; Vol.4; Supplement 1;
  • C.B. Sudeep, Peter Simon Sequeira, Jithesh Jain, Nithin Prataap, Vipin Jain, Mathew Maliyil. Awareness of emergency drugs use among students and teaching faculty in a dental college in Coorg, Karnataka; Journal of Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry; Vol.12; Issue 3; July-September 2014;
  • Sunil Lingaraj Ajagannavar, Peter Simon Sequeira, Jithesh Jain, Hemant Battur. Dental neglect among college going adolescents in Virajpet, India; Journal of Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry; Vol.12; Issue 3; July-September 2014;
  • Kanuvanaghatta Nagesh Abhishek, Supreetha Shamrao, Jithesh Jain, Reshmi Haridas, Sunil Lingaraj Ajagannavar, Sneha Chandrashekhar Khanapure. Impact of caries prevalence on oral health related quality of life among police personnel in Virajpet; Journal of International Society of Preventive and Community Dentistry; Vol. 4; No.3;
  • Kiran Metai, S R Ananda, Jain Jithesh, A. Aravind. Oral Health-Related Quality of Life among College Students in Coorg District. Accepted in. Journal of Advanced Oral Research. 2014.
  • Dr. Ananda S R, Dr. Mythri H. A comparative study of fluoride release from two different sealants. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry 2014.
  • Dr. Sudhanshu Saxena, Dr. Ananda S R, Dr. Mythri H. Perceived sources of stress among bioallied science students of South India. International Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences. 2014; 6(8):335-38.
  • Dr. Ananda S R, Dr. Mythri H. Prevalence & comparison of Cigarette smoking habits among health care professional students. Indian Journal of Research in Pharmacy and Biotechnology 2014; 2(4):1366-70.
  • Dr. Ananda S R, Dr. Mythri H. Parental Knowledge of Preventive Dentistry Procedures and Its Utilization. Research Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences 2014.
  • Piddennavar Renuka,Krishnappa Pushpanjali. Effectiveness of Health Belief Model in Motivating for Tobacco Cessation and to Improving Knowledge, Attitude and Behavior of Tobacco Users. Journal of Cancer and Oncology Research 2(4): 43-50.
  • Vijaya Hegde, Bhakti Sadhu, Pooja Shetty. “The Knowledge of HIV/AIDS among the School Teachers of Mangalore City, Karnataka.” Journal of Post Graduate Dentistry, Jan – June 2014; 5(1): 37- 40.
  • H Aruna Kumari, S R Ananda, Jain Jithesh, K N Abhishek: Knowledge of Legal Issues and Consumer Protection Act among Dentists in Coorg District Karnataka. Int J Dent Health Sci 2015; 2(1):14-2.
  • Khanapure Sneha, Jithesh Jain, S. R. Ananda , S. Supreetha,K. N. Abhishek and M. Shilpa: Association between Socio-Demographic Factors and the Type of Tobacco Consumption among Subjects Attending a Rural Hospital, South India .BJMMR, 2015 ;7(3): 211-218
  • Mythri H, K R Kashinath, Ananda S R, K V Suresh, J V Bharateesh. Enhancing the Dental Professional’s Responsiveness towards Domestic Violence; A Cross-Sectional Study. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. 2015 Jun, Vol-9(6): 51-53.
  • Vivek Sivakumar, Jithesh Jain, Hemanth Battur, Pavan Uday Patil, Sunil Lingaraj, Shanavaz Palliyil. Exploring Oral Health Beliefs and Behaviour among Tibetan Immigrants of Bylakuppe; Oral Health and Preventive Dentistry.2015; 111-116.
  • Renuka Piddennavar and Pushpanjali Krishnappa. Preparation and evaluation of information leaflet for tobacco users. J Educ Health Promot. 2015; 4: 19.
  • Piddennavar Renuka, Krishnappa Pushpanjali.Cariogram as an Educational Tool for Reducing the Caries Risk among the Differently Abled Children - Case Series.2015Apr.Vol-14(4),60-67.
  • Mutum Bidyalaxmi, Jain Jithesh, Ananda S.R., S. Supreetha, K.N. Abhishek, Shreyas O. Assessment of Dental Myths among the Subjects attending a Dental Institution in Virajpet, Karnataka. International Journal of Contemporary Medical Research; Volume 3; Issue 1; January 2016.
  • Vivek Sivakumar, Jithesh Jain, Shreyas Tikare, Shanavas Palliyil, Saher Kandam Kulangara, Pavan Patil. Perception of Diet Counselling among dental students in India. Saudi Journal of Oral Sciences; Vol 3; No.1; January 2016; 36-41.
  • Chancy Uthaman, Peter Simon Sequeira, Jithesh Jain, Supreetha Shamrao, Vipin Jain. Perception of Personal Dental Appearance and Dental Aesthetic Index Score among 18 to 20 year old college students in Rural South India; Oral Health and Preventive Dentistry; Vol. 13; No. 6; 2016.
  • Kanuvanaghatta N. Abhishek, Jithesh Jain, Supreetha Shamarao & Sneha C. Khanapure. Impact of periodontal status on oral health-related quality of life among police personnel in Virajpet, India; Journal of Investigative and Clinical Dentistry (2016), 7, 193–197.
  • Jippy R S, Ananda S R, Jithesh Jain. Effectiveness of a herbal mouthrinse on den novo plaque formation. International journal of dental research 2017:5(1);6-9.
  • Ajay Narayan, Savitha Satyaprasad, S Anandraj, SR Ananda, P Ananth Kamath, S Nandan. Effect of three commonly used chemotherapeutic agents on streptococcus mutans count in plaque and saliva of children with early childhood caries after full oral rehabilitation using dentocult sm strip mutans test: a randomized controlled triple blind study. J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent 2017;35:174-80.


Areas of Research Interest:
  • Oral health of Immigrant population.
  • Oral health of high risk groups like elderly, anganwadi children and people with systemic disease.
Current research:
  • Prevalence and severity of molar incisor hypomineralization (MIH) among school children aged 9 to 12 years in Virajpet, Karnataka.
  • Assessment of personality traits and its relationship with oral health among adults attending dental college, Virajpet.
  • Gender determination using odontometric measurements of maxillary molar and canine teeth in 18 to 22 years old among Coorg population.
  • Assessment of periodontal disease and dental caries among diabetic and non-diabetic subjects in hospitals in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala.
  • Comparison of oral health perceptions and oral health status among subjects attending outreach programmes and dental care centres.
  • Assessment of dental caries, malocclusion and gingival status among 14 to 16 year old children with vegetarian and omnivorous dietary habit.
  • Oral health status and treatment needs among adult tribal population in Attappadi, Kerala.
  • Assessment of oral health related quality of life and oral health status among government school children.
  • Comparison of oral health status with self-rated oral health in 16 to 18 year old students in Virajpet taluk, Karnataka.
  • Assessment of oral health status, treatment needs and oral health related quality of life among institutionalized elderly population in Kannur district, Kerala – A cross sectional study.
  • Utilization of dental services and oral health status among immigrants in Tibetan settlement in Bylakuppe, Karnataka.
  • Prevalence of dental caries and its association with salivary factors and socioeconomic status among 13 to 15 years old school children in Virajpet.
  • Evaluation of dental plaque and gingival among 13 to35 year old subjects receiving orthodontic treatment in Virajpet – A clinical study.
  • Early childhood caries and associated risk factors among anganwadi and kindergarten children aged 3 to 5 years in Virajpet taluk.
  • Oral health status and treatment needs of Tibetan monks and nuns in Bylakuppe.
  • The effectiveness of oral health education on oral health knowledge, oral hygiene practices and oral health status of government school children aged 13 to 15 years in Virajpet taluk.
  • Assessment of association of oral health related quality of life with demographic factors and oral health outcomes in 11 to 12 year old government and government aided school children in Punalur subjilla, Kollam district, Kerala
  • Oral hygiene practices and oral health status of Paniyan and Kattunaickan tribal communities residing at Wayanad district, Kerala, India – A cross-sectional study.
  • Influence of parental attitude, socioeconomic status and child’s oral health behaviour on dental caries status among 6 to 12 years old school children of Virajpet taluk.
  • Knowledge, attitude and practice of 15 year old children attending government and private schools in Virajpet.
  • Oral health status of coffee estate workers in Virajpet taluk – A descriptive study.
  • Association between oral health knowledge and oral health status among primary and middle school teachers in Virajpet.
  • Oral health status of 11 to 13 year old Tibetan and local school children in Bylakuppe – A comparative study.
  • Assessment of dental caries experience and associated risk factors in children attending anganwadi and kindergartens of Virajpet.
  • Influences of selected socioeconomic factors on the periodontal status on the periodontal status of pregnant women attending district hospital, Madikeri.
  • Association of dental caries and tooth eruption with body mass index among government school children aged 6 to 12 years in Virajpet taluk. Oral health status of 16 to 17 year old college students in Coorg district.