The Department of Dental Sciences started from a humble beginning in 1974 (The Department of Dental Surgery) in the then Faculty of Medicine. The first group of eighteen (18) students was admitted in 1974 to pursue the course leading to the degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) of the University of Nairobi. To facilitate its inception and growth, the Department acquired and renovated the then building structures for the former Princess Elizabeth Maternity in 1977 with financial and material support from the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany. The aim was to have a university teaching dental hospital. Initially, the Department had only nine (9) dental units, but these soon grew to fifty two (52) distributed in various clinics.
The then Department of Dental Surgery was upgraded in 1995 to create the current Faculty of Dental Sciences with four Department
In 1996, a ward, major and minor theatres were opened and became operational to complete the Dental Hospital complex where even complex oral maxillofacial and reconstructive surgical procedures are performed.
HEALTH AND AESTHETICS COMBINE TO MAKE DENTISTRY A LUCRATIVE CAREER...
The main function of teeth is mastication and in human they are also important for speech and aesthetics. Smile that is regarded as a universal language of communicating happiness is dependent on the presence of teeth. So important is the presence of front teeth that their absence is known to have significant effect on personality and confidence.
That dentistry exists as an independent specialty in health sciences is an indication of the high demand of dental healthcare as well as the unique nature of the practice. With regard to health, toothache is known to be one of the severest pains for which patients often seek treatment. A dentist needs to take care of thirty two teeth in every adult and twenty in every deciduous dentition. Each of these teeth can develop dental cries that require restoration or can have irreversible acute pulpitis that require root canal therapy or extraction
Teeth are held firmly into alveolar bone of the jaws with the periodontal ligaments. Infection of the gums that are largely due to poor oral hygiene lead to periodontitis that leads to destruction of these ligaments as well as the supporting bone. While this process can be arrested in early stages in advanced it is irreversible and is the common cause of tooth loss among adults
There are several other diseases associated with the teeth that require treatment by the dentist or allied specialists, they include severe dental infections like dental abscesses jaw tumours that may be benign or cancerous and developmental defects like cleft lip and palate. Apart from these demands for good oral health, teeth are critical in facial cosmetics and people are ready to invest heavily on their facial and dental appearance. It speculated that cosmetic dentists have made significant loses in revenue since the outbreak of COVID 19 pandemic that require the covering of the mouth and nose with a face mask.
Issues of COVID 19 pandemic aside, cosmetic dentistry is gaining traction as the standard of living rises resulting in increasing amount of disposable income among the expanding middle class. While some insurance companies decline to cover certain dental procedures, clients are willing to pay to attain the look they desire for confidence.
Advance in dental in dental technology and
skills have responded to this emerging demand and modern dentistry apply
most advance technology in orthodontic teeth alignment as well
Implantology that provide clients with fixed teeth replacement.
With artificial intelligence here, the profession of dentistry has its better days ahead.
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRPERSON...
The most honored, challenging, engaging and demanding position it is! The NUDSA chairperson’s position. The desire, drive, will and the oomph to do things differently, to introduce new ideas and to bring a challenge to our Department of Dental Sciences has been my strongest source of inspiration to push on, dream bigger and to offer the best I humanly can. After all, we can only do much!
It is a powerhouse, and as Manchester’s OT puts it, a theatre of dreams! Our student community has always displayed brilliance, determination, creativity, art, critical thinking, street smartness …...name it all! “Is it a challenge? Bring it on!” What a pickup line! To nature and incubate all these treasure, NUDSA Scientific conference, Art and Science competition and exchange programs have to tap into all of it. We desire to put it all on the global platform, and Barcelona we come! One of our students has secured a chance to present his research in Barcelona, Spain. This has been my team’s dream to showcase our student’s brilliance and academic prowess.
The synergy in Liverpool’s “Never Walk Alone” is always the driving force in this community and to make it even more knitted and well-integrated, we reimagined our mentorship to give it a greater image- grouped our students into pools, grouped the pools further to form 5 Families. NUDSA aims at producing an all-rounded dentist, a problem solver, an innovative lot and a service-to-humanity oriented health professional. With this in mind we link up students to “walk” with their seniors and the families linked with dental practitioners for proper mentorship and apprenticeship.
I am the luckiest! I dare say! I have a council made up of very brilliant and dedicated persons. The teamwork and support from this team is amazing. From proposal writing, constant frequent meetings and deliberation. Its all but sacrifice.
To our students, this is our time- lets innovate, research, do community outreaches, create oral health awareness across the country, lets showcase dentistry as an art, lets mentor our peers, lets guide our juniors as learn from our seniors. Get the stream forever flowing and learn from Amanda Gorman’s New Day’s Lyrics.
The special team of sponsors and partners on board, together we can give a
smile- The Gala’s theme. Make it sustainable! The bond, the work, all we share and the CSR we do, it all
makes it better. Build us, mentor us, walk with us, market us and lets nature a generation.
If it were easy, everyone would have done it! It has to be me, it has to be you, it has to be us!
Its always just about lighting up a single flame on the candle and all the rest will keep it burning! Getting into office, a quick drill to extend an invite to different stakeholders, partners and sponsors had to be effected immediately. NUDSA has now sought to have a permanent working and long-term partnership with stakeholders
Dentistry has proven to be not only a course for me ,but also a platform for growing and understanding myself more That does not imply that there has not been challenges but I picked up bearing with each day that passed The entire dental school fraternity is one big family and has been essential in ensuring a smooth run for my time here so far. A big thumbs up to dentistry as a profession that aims at bringing out every hidden smile and ensuring brighter smiling world for all
Dentistry has been an amazing experience so far. True to say the journey hasn't been easy, nobody ever really gets to tell you what you signed up for. The transition was difficult at first but passion gave me the courage to push on even when it seemed impossible. Dentistry has given me a chance to interact with other great minds committed to the course and honestly I can say that so far it has been fun. Dentistry has taught me afew lessons along the way, it has taught me the importance of team work, it has taught me resilience and these are the lessons that I will forever remember even as I move to the field in the near future. #I_love_dentistry, #I_live_ for_dentistry
So, why dentistry? Your guess is as good as mine. How I found myself in this oasis of knowledge, craftsmanship and satisfaction still remains mystic to me but one this is clear: I love it. Walking into dentistry feels like stepping into darkness because very few know what to expect. But in the realm of the unknown we discover the art of giving people better smiles, beauty of enjoying a meal, warmth of esteem and confidence and even modelling back their faces. What can you trade for that? It’s priceless. The “savory” experience of bringing a little light into the world via smiles. It awesome. Don’t think about it. Be it. Be a dentist.