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Department of Preventive Dentistry

Director:  Professor, Polychronopoulou Argyro
Secretary: Alexia Linou
Contact Details: Phone.: (+30) 210-746-1289,  Fax: (+30) 210-746-1132, E-mail: alinou[at]dent.uoa[dot]gr
: 2 Thivon Str, 11527, Goudi, Athens, Greece

General Description

The main objective of the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry is to educate the undergraduate dental students in the methods of oral diseases prevention, in the applications of Community Dentistry for the promotion of the oral health of the population, in the methods of conducting epidemiological studies, in the way behavioral sciences contribute to the understanding and prevention of oral health problems and in the history of Dentistry.

Furthermore, the Department is responsible for the two-year postgraduate program which leads to the Master degree in Community dentistry.

Faculty staff

The faculty members are engaged in teaching in the undergraduate and postgraduate aforementioned courses and they also teach in courses of other dental postgraduate programs. In addition, a faculty member of the Department is course director of an undergraduate elected course (Applied Psychology in Dentistry - Associate Professor H. Koletsi-Kounari).

The faculty members are assisted in their educational activities by postgraduate students, PhD candidates and PhD dentists.

Educational activities

Concerning undergraduate studies, the Department is responsible for teaching the following courses:

  • Introduction to Dentistry and Behavioral Sciences (1st semester) taught by lectures.
  • Epidemiology (4th semester) taught by team based learning.
  • Preventive Dentistry (6th semester) taught by lectures, seminars and preclinical practice.
  • Community Dentistry (7th semester) taught by seminars.

Concerning postgraduate studies, the Department is responsible for the theoretical and practical training of the postgraduate students in Community Dentistry.


The Department conducts studies concerning the effectiveness of the means and methods in oral disease prevention, the oral health status of the population, the knowledge, attitudes and behavior of the population on oral health matters as well as other topics concerning Community dentistry. The laboratory research is carried out in the Biological Laboratory of Preventive Dentistry as well as in the other research laboratories of the Dental School and other University Schools and Research Institutes. The clinical studies are conducted in the undergraduate and postgraduate clinics of the Dental School, while epidemiological studies are carried out in various population groups.


The secretaryʼs and the facultyʼs offices are located on the 5th floor of the Old Building of the Dental School. The Department utilizes for its educational activities the facilities provided by the Dental School, while for laboratory research the Biological Laboratory of Preventive Dentistry situated in the 1st basement level of the Old Building of the Dental school is utilized.