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BELFAST, UK: Under the theme of “Perspectives”, members of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) are currently meeting at Belfast Waterfront convention centre to discuss how oral health issues affect overall health. One of the largest gatherings of dental care providers in the UK, this year’s Oral Health Conference aims to look beyond the mouth in order to gain fresh perspectives on the wider impact of the dental profession.
Introduced by four chief dental officers this morning, the programme started off with papers on peri-implantitis, presented by Liverpool dentist Dr Ian Dunn, and new concepts in the association between oral disease and systemic disease, discussed by hygienist Juliette Reeves. Over the course of the next two days, the role of dental hygienists and therapists in oral and maxillofacial surgery practice, radiation protection and stress management, among other topics, will be in focus. Participants will be able to gain valuable continuing professional development points by attending the lectures and hands-on sessions.
The congress is being supported by a number of major industry competitors, including Colgate-Palmolive, CURAPROX, Dentsply Sirona and GC. Over 300 members and interested dental professionals are expected for the event. According to BSDHT President Michaela O’Neill, it offers a valuable opportunity for members to come together and share ideas, as well as advance their approach to their careers.
“This is more than a learning opportunity; I want our members to shrug off their early winter blues and join us in Belfast to celebrate all things great about our career,” she said. “I am asking our members to come to the conference with an open mind, be willing to learn and share ideas and don’t be afraid to shake up the dental world.”
“I want our members to go home thinking that they have new perspectives and connections which will help take them even further in their careers,” she continued.
The BSDHT currently represents over 4,000 members across the UK. Its main conference is held biennially, and the last two were held in Liverpool. More information about this year’s edition can be found here.