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Principal Dental Surgeon: Dr. Shameer Ali

Address: Carmichael Street, Georgetown

Telephone # 225-0702



To ensure that the population, in general and the most vulnerable segments of the population in particular, notably under-18 year-old-children, deprived communities of the rural and hinterland areas, elderly, etc., enjoy a better oral health status through promotive, preventive and curative oral health interventions, which are relevant, suitable, accessible and cost-effective.

Oral Health Education

Oral Health Education

Because of the importance of Oral Health to General Health, the Ministry of Public Health and Dental Health Services have utilised several strategies to promote Oral Health in Guyana. These include:

  • The Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) Programme at the University of Guyana
  • The Dental Auxiliary Training Programme (DATP) of the MoPH
  • School Oral Health Programme
  • School-based Dental Clinics
  • Oral Health Education in DATP and BDS Curricula
  • Oral Health Month – November every year
  • Preventive and Curative Services at regional and national levels (including Specialized Services)

Oral Health Objectives and Strategies

Oral Health Objectives and Strategies

  • Reduce or eliminate predisposing factors –  tobacco and alcohol use, Diabetes, unhealthy diet and lifestyle
  • Adopt health-promoting behaviours – use of fluoride toothpaste, brush at least twice daily, decrease sugar intake, prophylaxis, and visit dental clinic twice yearly.
  • Provide Curative Treatment of Caries – ART, Amalgam and Composite fillings, etc.
  • Increased dental visits to depressed communities for promotive and curative attention -Distribution of toothbrush and toothpaste samples.
  • Improve Oral Health education and awareness through school and community visits, and health fairs
  • Extend the reach of the Dental Services, providing Dental Surgeons for the remote regions where only Dentex/CDT work.
  • Establish more School-based Dental Clinics in Primary and Secondary schools in all Regions
  • Improve the School Oral Health Program to encompass all schools in all regions, and equip teams of Auxiliary personnel with mobile Dental Equipment for the delivery or curative treatment in schools
  • Implementation of mobile dental services for urban and rural areas, through the MOPH Mobile Dental Clinics (Dental Buses) being sourced presently. The Rotary Club of Central Georgetown has a Dental Bus that services schools in the city and Regions 3 and 4.
  • Advocate Salt Fluoridation as an Oral Health strategy to reduce the incidence and prevalence of Dental Caries in the population


Oral Health Programmes

Oral Health Programmes

The Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) Programme at the University of Guyana

This five (5) year training programme which commenced in September,  2006 is conducted at the Cheddi Jagan Dental Centre and is subsidised by the Ministry of Public Health. Between the period of 2011 – 2015, the programme has graduated 28 Dental Surgeons. The present enrollment for the programme stands at 58 students.

Eleven (11) BDS graduates are now working in the Dental Health Services of the Ministry of Public Health and three (3) new graduates applied to join the Public System. 

The Dental Auxiliary Training Program (DATP)

The Dental Auxiliary Training Program has trained more than 200 Dental Nurses (now called DENTEX, and CDT {Dental Extender and Community Dental Therapist respectively}). Presently, the DATP is training a batch of 22 DENTEX who started the programme in November, 2014 and will complete training in 2016. DENTEX and CDT’s are trained particularly to impart Oral Health Education to school children, as well as to examine and treat simple cases with restorations, prophylaxis, sealants, and take Periapical X-rays. They work under the supervision of a Dental Surgeon, except in remote hinterland locations where there are no Dentists.

School Oral Health Programme

The School oral Health programme was launched in 1999 and provides Oral Health Education, brushing demonstrations, curative and preventive services (fillings, prophylaxis, fluoride treatment, sealants, etc.) to Nursery, Primary and selected Secondary Schools in all regions. Over the years, approximately 50,000 school children have benefited annually from school Oral

This programme is supported by Colgate Palmolive Limited in the form of a stipend for the Dentists and Dental Auxiliary personnel who visit schools, and also by samples of Toothpaste and Toothbrushes, which are distributed to all school children. The most active regions are Georgetown, Regions 3, 4, and 6. In other areas, this programme is being implemented only partially, due to constraints. 

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To promote, coordinate and implement technical activities and actions directed towards strengthening the national capacity to develop policies, plans, programs and services, thus contributing to the promotion of mental health, the reduction of the burden of the psychiatric diseases, prevention of disabilities, and the development of rehabilitation. Learn More 

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