Before there was a recognition of a need for a dental service, epidemiology and health care services research was used to support establishment and operation of the Army Dental Corps. For example, the dentistry-practicing physician John Sayre Marshall on 7 June 1882 delivered to the section on Dental and Oral Surgery at the American Medical Association’s annual meeting a detailed report entitled “The Need of Dental Surgeons in the Army and Navy.” He reported on the status and need for dental care in the services. Major General Robert Shira initiated significant operational changes to
operations that improved dental services in Vietnam War. He indicated he could not have accomplished this without a staff qualified in Dental Public Health. MG H. Thomas Chandler and MG Surindar N. Bhaskar both praise staff members in the Office of theChief of the Dental Corps for statistical presentations that established the legal basis for command and control. It is my personal impression that the Army specialty of dental public health is still a mystery to those who manage training and assignments.What do you say?
What the heck is Dental Public Health? Where should 63H positions be located? What training should be standard to be classified 63H? If training is at civilian school/residency how does the Army assure the the training suits Army needs?
The Association of Army Dentistry was founded to advance Army dentistry with activities to promote morale, provide education, foster a historical perspective and appreciation of Army dental history. Through these efforts we provide a means of recognition for those who serve and have served the nation via Army dentistry.