IJSRP, Volume 11, Issue 6, June 2021 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
School Dental Therapists services in Sri Lanka commenced in 1951 with the mission to provide primary oral health care for children. Since then the services have evolved and currently provide primary oral health services to children in most schools of the government sector. The situation of inadequate coverage of services has impinged the demand to increase the number of School Dental Therapists in Sri Lanka. The possible reasons for the shortage are recruitment procedures that take place biennially and poor coordination among sectors that carry out the recruitment process which results in delays and the inadequate number of recruits for each draft of trainees. Therefore, possible interventions for improving the shortage are regular recruitment annually and increasing the intake biennially while maintaining the quality of training while ensuring adequate number of intakes for training and deployment.