Pushpanjali

Dr. Pushpanjali Krishnappa

Professor|Department of Public Health Dentistry


Dr. Pushpanjali Krishnappa works in the capacity of a Reader at the Department of Public Health Dentistry, RUAS. She is deeply absorbed in research activities pertaining to a wide range of topics. These include oral health promotion, school oral health programs, epidemiology, biomedical waste management for dental establishments, health profession education, research methodology, and hospital administration. She has become an expert in writing research protocols for Health Science, qualitative and quantitative research methods, developing questionnaires and psychometric properties as well as education research.

An extensive list of her educational accomplishments includes Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Dental Surgery, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Hospital and Health Management (PGDHHM), a Doctor of Philosophy degree, and a Fellowship offered by the FAIMER Institute, Philadelphia. She is a member of the Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry and Indian Dental Educationists Association.

Qualifications

  • PhD

  • MDS

  • BDS

  • PGDHHM

  • FAIMER Fellowship

Research Interests :

  1. Oral Health Promotion.
  2. School Oral health Programmes.
  3. Epidemiology.
  4. Biomedical waste management for dental establishments.
  5. Health Profession Education.
  6. Research Methodology and Hospital Administration.

Research Expertise :

  1. Writing research protocols for Health Science.
  2. Qualitative and Quantitative Research methods.
  3. Developing Questionnaires and Psychometric properties.
  4. Education Research.

National Journal Papers :

  1. Hema Seshan, Roopa, Pushpanjali K.(1999). Efficacy of Herbo -
    Mineral product, gum-tone as an astringent, anti-inflammatory and
    dentifrice’, J Indian Academy Of Periodontology 1999.
  2. Pushpanjali K, Hyder Ali, Hiremath SS. Oral health status of drug
    addicts attending de-addiction centers in Bangalore city’, Journal of
    Indian Dental Association, 2001 (72), pp.217 – 218.
  3. Pushpanjali K, Shaik Hyder Ali, Srivastava BK. Safe management of health care waste management for dental health care set up‑A practical approach. JIDA 2003;74:29 – 33.
  4. Pushpanjali, K. (2004). Dental healthcare waste and its implications’, J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent, 2004(4), pp. 8 – 10.
  5. Pushpanjali, K. (2004). Measuring the impact of oral health on
    quality of life’. JIAPHD. 2004, Issue 4, Page No1‑7.
  6. K.Pushpanjali, (2006) Community Oriented Curriculum for Oral Health Promotion’, J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent, 2006(14),pp.49 – 54.
  7. Dharmashree, Chandru GN, K.Pushpanjali, Jayashree, S. (2006).
  8. Periodontal status of industrial workers in Davangere city,
    Karnataka – A Descriptive Cross-Sectional Study’, J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent, 2006(7), pp. 20 – 24.
  9. Suresh Babu, Chandru, Pushpanjali K, Jayashree, S. (2006) Tobacco
    habits, attitudes and prevention among 500 dental professionals of
    two dental colleges in Davangere, Karnataka’, J Indian Assoc Public
    Health Dent, 2006(7), pp. 25 – 29.
  10. Sunitha, Chandru, K.Pushpanjali, Jayashree, S. (2006) Feeding habits
    and Early Childhood Caries (ECC) among pre-school children of
    Davangere city, Karnataka’, J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent,
    2006(7), pp. 39 – 42.
  11. Shivakumar, Jayashree, Chandru, Pushpanjali.K (2006) Prevalence,
    etiology, and severity of the tooth wear among bold 25 – 66-year-old National
    population of Davangere city, Karnataka, using tooth wear index
    (TWI)’, J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent, 2006(7), pp. 48 – 52.
  12. Thippeswamy, H.M., Pushpanjali, K., Chandu, Jayashree, Md
    ShafiullaPrevalence, and impact of oral pain in 10 – 12-year-old school
    children of Davangere city, Karnataka. J Indian Assoc Public Health
    Dent, 2006(4), pp.59 – 62.
  13. Radha, Shaik Hyder Ali, K.Pushpanjali.(2008).‘Knowledge, attitude, and practice of oral health among the nursing staff and nursing students
    among Bengaluru city’, J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent, 2008(11),
    pp. 17 – 21.
  14. Radha, K.Pushpanjali, S. H. A. (2009) Pregnancy, and periodontal
    status‑A follow up study’, J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent,
    2009(14), pp. 49 – 54.
  15. BV SreenivasaMurthy, Indiresha HN, Malasiddappa Metri, K
    Pushpanjali (2009), waste from dental care settings dental
    healthcare waste management’, J Indian Soc Hosp Waste Manag,
    9(1),pp.53 – 60.
  16. Waste management for dental clinics. J of IDA – AP Chapter. National
    19 K Pushpanjali, Gautham Sukumaran, Hemanth T, SS Hiremath, S
    Pruthvish (2009) dental health care waste: issues and concerns’, J
    Indian Soc Hosp Waste Manag, 9(1),pp.61 – 65.
  17. Jyotsna Srinagesh, Pushpanjali Krishnappa (2010) Providing oral care to the special group‑A challenge to public health dentist’, J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent, 2010(16), pp.60 – 62.
  18. Pushpanjali, K.(2010)‘Dental Healthcare Waste Management’.
  19. Journal of the Indian Society of Hospital Waste Management 2010.
    Vol 9;issue1; 57 – 60.
  20. Jyoti, Pushpanjali.K (2011), Special care dentistry for special
    children’, J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent, 2011(17).
  21. Shwetha KM, Pushpanjali K (2011) Dental Fluorosis among School
    Children in Tumkur District, Karnataka — A Survey Report’, J Indian
    Assoc Public Health Dent, 2011(18), pp.40 – 42.
  22. K Pushpanjali, Renuka Piddennavar, Malu Mohan (2011)‘Art and
    Science of Questionnaire Development’. Journal of the Indian
    Association of Public Health Dentistry 2011; 18: 154 – 158.
  23. Jyotsna S, Pushpanjali K, Shivaraj Nallur S (2012) Antibacterial efficacy of Triphala against oral streptococci: An in vivo study’, Indian J Dent Research, 23(5), pp.696 – 670.
  24. Swapnil Kumar Jain, Pushpanjali. K, (2012) Caries Risk Assessment using cariogram among 10 – 12-year-old differently-abled children from Bangalore city’, J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent, 2012(20), pp. 87 – 93.
  25. Shwetha, K. M. and Krishnappa, P. (2013) Diagnosis and Treatment Option for Dental Caries using Photographs A Study among Undergraduate Students’, J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent, 11(2), pp. 5 – 11.
  26. Satheesh Kumar, Shwetha, K. M. and Pushpanjali, K. (2013) Assessment of Atmospheric Mercury Levels by Indigenously Developed Equipment in Dental Health Care Settings in Bangalore’, J. of The Indian Society of Hospital Waste Management, 12(1), pp.20 – 25.
  27. Renuka, P. and Pushpanjali, K. (2014) Effectiveness of Health Belief Model in Motivating for Tobacco Cessation and to Improving International Knowledge, Attitude and Behavior of Tobacco Users’, cancer and oncology research, 2(4), pp. 43 – 50.
  28. Pradeep, Y. and Pushpanjali, K. (2014) Oral health impact on the quality of life assessment among dental patients in Bangalore city’, J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent, 12(3), pp. 204 – 208.
  29. Economics of Oral Health Care in a Peripheral Dental Centre, 2015 Dental Poster J., 4(2), pp. 1 ‑2.
  30. Shwetha, K.M, Pallavi, H.N., Pushpanjali, K.(2016).‘Dental Care Utilization by Accredited Social Health Activist and Anganwadi Workers in Chintamani Taluk, Karnataka’, 2016 National Journal of J.Indian Association Public Health Dentistry -, 14(2), pp. 135 ‑138.
  31. Rathore, B., Krishnappa, P. and Mehta, S. U. (2016) Legal analysis of information displayed on dental material packages : An exploratory research’, J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent, 14(2), pp. 224 – 230.
  32. K Sneha Shenoy, HN Pallavi, K Pushpanjali, Vaibhav Gupta. (2016) Perceptions, Concerns, and Experiences of Dental Interns after Accident and Emergency Posting: A Qualitative Study’, 
  33. Journal of J. of Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry,2016, 14(3), pp. 332‑3372.
  34. K Pushpanjali, Pruthvish Sreekantaiah, SS Hiremath, Sneha Shenoy K (2016), a review on the status of dental health care waste management and strategies suggested for improving the system’ running title: dental health care waste management – review’, J Indian Soc Hosp Waste Manag, 15(01), pp.26 – 44.

International Journal Papers :

  1. Pushpanjali, K, Khanal, Sudhanshu Sharma, Niraula, S. R.
    (2004).‘The Relationship of Dental Extrinsic Stains with the
    The concentration of Trace Elements in Water Sources in a district of
    Nepal, Oral Health & Preventive Dentistry, 2(1), pp. 8 – 10.
  2. Bhagyajyothi CS, P. K. (2009) Perceptions and Concerns about Dental Fluorosis as Assessed by Tooth Surface Index of Fluorosis Among High School Children in an Area of Endemic Fluorosis — Kaiwara’, Oral Health & Preventive Dentistry, 7(1), pp. 33 – 38.
  3. Mallikarjuna, S. K. and Krishnappa, P. (2009) Prevalence of maxillofacial injuries by motorized two-wheeler road traffic accidents in Bangalore city’, J Dental Traumatology, 2009(25), pp.599 – 604.
  4. Nagarajan S, Pushpanjali. K. (2010) The relationship of malocclusion as assessed by the Dental Aesthetic Index (DAI) with perceptions of aesthetics, function, speech, and treatment needs among 14- to 15- year-old schoolchildren of Bangalore, India’, Oral Health & Preventive Dentistry, 8(3), pp. 221 – 228.
  5. Srinagesh J, Pushpanjali K, (2011) Assessment of antibacterial efficacy of Triphala against mutants streptococci: a randomized control trial’, Oral Health & Preventive Dentistry, 9(4), pp. 387 – 393.
  6. Agrawal, N. and Pushpanjali, K. (2011) Feasibility of including APF gel application in a school oral health promotion program as a caries-preventive agent : a community intervention trial, J Oral Sci, 53(2), pp. 185 – 191.
  7. Bhagyajyothi CS, Pushpanjali. K. (2011) Assessment and comparison of periodontal status among young smokers and non- smokers of Bangalore, India – a cross-sectional study’, community dental health, 28(1), pp. 89 – 94.
  8. Padmasree S, Pushpanjali K. Lead shield from lead foil waste ‑Best out of waste. J Indian Soc Hosp Waste Manag. 2012;(11):42 – 44.
  9. Jyotsna Srinagesh, Pushpanjali Krishnappa (2012),’Triphala- An anticaries agent: Antibacterial action against Oral streptococci and Mutans streptococci’, Lambert Academic publishing.
  10. Shwetha KM, Pushpanjali K, (2012),‘Prevalence of Oral Cancer and Oral Potentially Malignant Disorders in Kaiwara‑A Cross-Sectional survey’, Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Research, 8(1), pp.41 – 46.
  11. Renuka, P., Pushpanjali, K. and Sangeetha, R. (2013) Review On ‘ Influence Of Host Genes On Dental Caries ’, IOSR Journal of Dental and Medical Sciences, 4(3), pp. 86 – 92.
  12. Pushpanjali, K., Mohan, M. and Renuka, P. (2013) Assessing the impact of oral diseases on oral health-related quality of life of institutionalized elderly using OHIP-14 in Bengaluru : A cross-sectional study’, IOSR Journal of Dental and Medical Sciences 6(6), pp. 57 – 64.
  13. Piddenavar Renuka, Pushpanjali K, (2013) Review on Defluoridation Techniques of Water’, international journal of engineering and science, 2(3), pp. 86 – 94.
  14. Padmasree S, Pushpanjali K. Lead shield from lead foil waste ‑Best out of waste. J Indian Soc Hosp Waste Manag. 2012;(11):42 – 44. 
  15. Jyotsna Srinagesh, Pushpanjali Krishnappa (2012),’Triphala- An anticaries agent: Antibacterial action against Oral streptococci and Mutans streptococci’, Lambert Academic publishing.33 Shwetha KM, Pushpanjali K, (2012),‘Prevalence of Oral Cancer and Oral Potentially Malignant Disorders in Kaiwara‑A Cross-Sectional
    survey’, Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Research, 8(1), pp.41 – 46.
  16. Renuka, P., Pushpanjali, K. and Sangeetha, R. (2013) Review On
    Influence Of Host Genes On Dental Caries ’, IOSR Journal of Dental
    and Medical Sciences, 4(3), pp. 86 – 92.
  17. Pushpanjali, K., Mohan, M. and Renuka, P. (2013) Assessing the impact
    of oral diseases on oral health-related quality of life of institutionalized elderly using OHIP-14 in Bengaluru : A cross-sectional study’, IOSR Journal of Dental and MedicalSciences 6(6), pp. 57 – 64.
  18. Piddenavar Renuka, Pushpanjali K, (2013) Review on Defluoridation
    Techniques of Water’, international journal of engineering and
    science, 2(3), pp. 86 – 94.
  19. Renuka, P. and Pushpanjali, K. (2013) Leaflet Preparation and Validation Procedures’, Universal Journal of Public health, 1(3), pp. 110 – 114.
  20. Pushpanjali K, Pruthvish Sreekantaiah, S S Hiremath, Hemanth Thapsey, N S Shivraj, N. S. M. (2015) Quantification of Dental Health Care Waste Generated among Private Dental Practices in Bengaluru City’, Journal of International Oral Health 7(6):84 – 87.
  21. Habbu, S. G. and Pushpanjali K, (2015) Effectiveness of oral health education in children – a systematic review of current evidence (2005 – 2011)’, international dental journal, 2015(65), pp. 57 – 64.
  22. Piddennavar, R. and Krishnappa, P. (2015) Preparation and
    evaluation of information leaflet for tobacco users’, Journal of
    education and health promotion, 4(March), pp. 10 – 13.
  23. K Pushpanjali, Pruthvish Sreekantaiah, SS Hiremath, Gautham
    (2015), Concerns, Experience, and Perceptions of Nursing Staff
    about Dental Health Care Waste Management’, International
    Journal of Health Sciences and research’, 5(12), pp. 214 – 222.
  24. Piddennavar, R. and Krishnappa, P. (2015) Preparation and evaluation of information leaflet for tobacco users’, Journal of education and health promotion, 4(March), pp. 10 – 13.
  25. K Pushpanjali, Pruthvish Sreekantaiah, SS Hiremath, Gautham
    (2015), Concerns, Experience, and Perceptions of Nursing Staff
    about Dental Health Care Waste Management’, International
    Journal of Health Sciences and research’, 5(12), pp. 214 – 222.
  26. Sugavanesh Periyasamy, Pushpanjali Krishnappa, Piddennavar Renuka (2018), Adherence to components of Health Promoting Schools in schools of Bengaluru, India’, Health Promotion International, 2018, pp.1 – 12.
  27. Siddardha G. Chandrupatla, Ranadheer Ramachandra, Satyanarayana Dantala, Krishnappa Pushpanjali, Mary Tavares (2019), Importance and potential of dentists’ in identifying patients at high risk of diabetes’, Current Diabetes Reviews, 15(1), pp. 67 – 73.


Institutional : Equipment management for Dental health care setup. Dentovision MSRDC.

Chapters – Text Book of Public Health Dentistry, Dr. SS Hiremath, Elsevier Publication: Nutrition and oral health, forensic Odontology, waste management
for dental health care setups, Occupational hazards among dental professionals, coauthored Infection control in dental health care
establishments.

Dissertation: Dental Impacts on Daily living.
Dissertation submitted as a requirement for MDS program 1997,
Bangalore University.

Library Dissertation: Forensic Odontology
Library dissertation submitted as a requirement for MDS program 1997, Bangalore University.

Thesis — Ph.D.:
Situation analysis of infection control and waste management practices and to evolve implementation strategies for best practices among dental establishments of Bangalore city Thesis – Ph.D., submitted to Rajiv Gandhi University 2016.

  1. The distinction in the subject Oral Pathology in 3rd year BDS.
  2. Women Achiever Award for the year 2013 conferred by the Management GEF, Medical.
  3. Best abstract Award – Concerns, perceptions, and experience of Nursing staff about dental health care waste – FGD study, IAPHD National Conference 2014, Cochin.
  4. Winner of Project That Works Competition- Danta Suraksha- Interdisciplinary partnership Oral Health promotion Initiative”- the scholarship included conference registration, travel, and hospitality for the conference Towards Unity for Health.
  5. Awarded Fellowship at FAIMER Institute, Philadelphia with a scholarship of $25,500 from October 2013 to October 2015.
  6. Awarded a scholarship of eighteen lakhs to pursue Masters in Health Profession Education, CanMedic, Keele University, UK ( includes residential and non- residential components).
  7. Selected and Trained as Master Trainer in Workshop in Medical Education Technology organized by BMC alumni and RGUHS, Bangalore in September 2008. 
  8. Board of Studies Member for the Dental programs at the KLE University, Belgaum.
  9. Chairman of the Scientific Committee, 16th National Conference at Bangalore 2011.
  10. Convener- Pre Convention of the 1st PG Convention, Government Dental College, Bangalore.
  11. Member, Scientific Committee of the 2 and Post Graduate National Convention held at Maruthi Dental College.
  12. Ph.D. examiner- Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental Sciences and Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore.

  • Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry

    Professional Memberships

  • Indian Dental Educationists Association

    Professional Memberships