Hesperian Health Guides

Oral Health

Oral Health Manual
This manual is designed for clinical workers who want to learn about oral health care in areas with limited resources and no dentist. Written in ‘plain English’ with clear layout and high quality images, it includes clear advice on how to set up and manage an oral health clinic, examine the mouth and diagnose common problems, perform injections in the mouth, and perform cleaning and simple extractions. Available in English, French and Spanish.

Order in print or CD-ROM from:
Sunnymede Trust - Teeth Relief
Or from:
Health Books International

Common Oral Conditions Video
Free to view or download from the web

FDI World Dental Federation
Website has a listing of organizations around the world that provide different types of assistance for oral health education, training, and care can be downloaded from the internet.

Guide for Safety and Infection Control for Oral Healthcare Missions,
OSAP — Organization for Safety Asepsis Procedures
This is a practical guide to providing safe dental care in low-resource settings.

HIV Dent
This website includes treatment information and training resources to improve oral health for people with HIV.

International No-Noma Federation

Regional Centre for Oral Health Research & Training Initiatives RCORTI works in collaboration with the WHO to conduct research, training and demonstration activities relating to oral and facial health problems, with emphasis on Noma (cancrum oris), oral cancers, oral manifestations of HIV/AIDS, dental caries, periodontal diseases, dental fluorosis and cranio-facial anomalies. The Centre organizes regular training programmes and workshops throughout Africa for all dental practitioners.

World Health Organization (WHO) Oral Health Programme
WHO has a Focal Point for Oral Health in each of its regional offices around the world. This web page gives contact information for each regional office, as well as other resources.

Dental Instruments

Durbin PLC, a company in England, may sell the instruments mentioned in this book at lower than commercial prices.

Other organizations that may be able to help with instruments:
Durbin PLC

Project HOPE

Direct Relief International


Saskatchewan Dental Therapists Association

MAP International

World Dental Relief