The role dentists can play in mass casualty and disaster events

Dent Clin North Am. 2007 Oct;51(4):767-78, v. doi: 10.1016/j.cden.2007.06.002.


Dentistry has valuable assets, both in personnel and facilities, to bring to the initial response to a mass casualty event when the local traditional medical system is overwhelmed. This article describes the services dentists can provide to allow physicians to provide the services only they can provide. The education and training of dentists that is required for preparation and the need to develop an integrated emergency response plan are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Civil Defense
  • Credentialing
  • Decontamination
  • Dental Auxiliaries
  • Dentists*
  • Disaster Medicine / education
  • Disaster Planning
  • Disasters*
  • Drug Therapy
  • Education, Dental
  • Health Resources
  • Humans
  • Immunization
  • Infection Control
  • Liability, Legal
  • Licensure, Dental
  • Mass Casualty Incidents*
  • Population Surveillance
  • Professional Role*
  • Quarantine
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Societies, Dental
  • Triage