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Research Seminar No.194, 11 March 2019
16:30-, The Interdivisional Education and Research Building, 5th Floor
「Dental Practice in Remote Islands」
TAGUCHI Norihiro (Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Kagoshima University)
In the past, major dental diseases have been caries and periodontitis. In Japan, the rate of suffering caries has been gradually decreasing, and most of Japanese people have got to pay attention to their oral health. However, in Kagoshima Prefecture, an infant’s rate of suffering caries is still high. Kagoshima Prefecture also has a large population in remote islands and a high aging rate, so a unique strategy in a dental practice supply system is needed. One of them should be “Patrol dental practice in remote islands”, which Kagoshima dental association carries out, supported by Kagoshima Prefecture. In this project, a dental professional team visits remote islands that do not have dentists and serves a dental practice for a few days almost two times per year. Kagoshima University Hospital also has been sending dentists and totally support to this project for decades.
In this presentation, I will show dental problems in Kagoshima Prefecture and the dental practice supply system in remote islands. Moreover, I will introduce our activities (related to the curriculum reform of Faculty of Dentistry, Kagoshima University, in 2015) for contributing to the development of the local community.