500 Gulf dentists set for key meet

SHARJAH - The 13th Emirates International Dental Conference and Exhibition and the first Conference of the Sharjah Dental School, University of Sharjah (UoS), will be held at the auditorium of the faculties of Medicine and Heath Sciences at the UoS from April 12 to 14. Over 500 dental practitioners from the UAE and the Gulf region are expected to participate.

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Published: Wed 6 Apr 2005, 10:16 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 6:58 PM

The conference will be held under the patronage of His Highness Dr. Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. The Dental Society of the Emirates Medical Association (EMA) chose to hold their 13th conference this year in Sharjah and in cooperation with the newly established Sharjah Dental School, in order to give the budding new school as much support as possible.

Shaikh Mohammed bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Director of the Sharjah Medical District and Assistant Undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Health, told reporters on Wednesday that the conference aims to present the latest developments and technological breakthroughs in the field of dentistry with the goal being to update dental practitioners' knowledge and medical skills.

Attendance of the conference will confer on participants 21 continuous medical education (CME) credit hours. Dr. Aisha Sultan, Chairperson of the Dental Society, said that this year's conference theme will be "Recent Advances in Dentistry", adding that the comprehensive conference programme will cover aesthetics in dentistry, periodontics, endodontics, oral medicine, pedodontics, prosthodontics and restorative dentistry.

"The dentist is not a machine for pulling out teeth or putting in fillings, he is a human being dealing with human patients, this interaction must be looked at closer; in addition the relationship between dentistry and other medical specialities and how a dental procedure may impact on a patient suffering from other medical conditions, what can dentists do to avoid complications, all these issues will be covered at the conference," Dr. Aisha said.

Shaikh Mohammed bin Saqr said that five deans of dental schools in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and five heads of dental associations in the Gulf region will be attending the conference.

"Our role is to encourage people to have good oral health habits, for which reason we initiated the Sharjah Oral Health Project, which has made great strides in the last nine years," Shaikh Mohammed bin Saqr said.

Dr. Aisha called for an expanssion of the oral health project to become a nation-wide awareness campaign to instill good dental hygiene in the new generation. She stressed that dental practitioners are required, as all medical practitioners, to earn a certain number of CME credit hours, for dentists its 50 credit hours every year, which have to be accumulated by the dental practitioner for his contract to be renewed on an annual basis.

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