Message from the President.
Dear friends, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and express a hope that we will find mutual inspiration in the development of our Academy.
The theme was prevention and the place was The Baltic Republics, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. This incredible dental bonanza was put on the road by Procter and Gamble and Mars Incorporated. It took months of planning and preparation to ensure that the organisation, which can be a bit fragile in these countries, did not falter at the last moment. There were three speakers; Bente Nyvad from Aarhus University talked about the importance of brushing the teeth with a fluoride dentifrice, Alan Richards, also from Aarhus provided an update on fluorides and I talked about diet and its role in prevention of dental caries. Though the lectures were in English there was simultaneous translation into the local language. None of us had much experience with this form of translation and all sorts of curiosities arose out of this arrangement. For example I made a joke half way through the lecture and nobody laughed. I went on to more serious issues and suddenly the whole audience started laughing and only then I realised that the translator was always two slides behind.
October 4th and the first stop was Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. If you were asked to picture yourself the places where you could see the best Renaissance and Baroque architecture you would call to mind Florence, or the famed churches of Rome. Yet in Vilnius there is a wealth of secular and ecclesiastical buildings from both those periods, mingled with fine work that survives from the middle ages. The dental roadshow was a national event, with the blessing of the Health Ministry. Over 650 dentists packed the Concert Hall. This meant that there were so few dentists actually in practice, the government had to put out special announcements on the media to advise people on what to do in the case of a dental emergency.
The second stop on the 5th October was the beautiful city of Riga, the capital of Latvia. Riga is a gem of a city with the Grand Dome Cathedral, one of the most remarkable buildings of the 13th-4th century, standing proud in the Dome Square in the centre of the city. Again the turnout for the dental lectures was phenomenal. The dental profession in Latvia, starved of modern information for so long, has an unquenchable thirst for new ideas and there is no doubt will soon catch up with the rest of Western Europe.
The final stop was the University city of Tartu in Estonia. The monument to Kristjan Jaak Peterson, the first Estonian to be admitted to university education stands proud on Cathedral Hill in the University grounds. As in the other two countries the entire dental profession came to the lectures, with over 500 dentists present throughout the day.
Paediatric, Dentistry as we know and practice is non existent in these countries. In fact dentistry is low on the priority lists and there are more pressing economic difficulties. However, efforts are being made to get dental public health measures off the ground to fight the very high levels of dental caries and periodontal disease. What is most remarkable is that even though years of Soviet domination and poor economic circumstances have dented peoples confidence, everyone is talking about and looking forward to a better and a brighter future. We should provide every help and support that is possible. Exchange of scientific information is important, possibly through exchange of staff As members of the Academy are committed to highest quality of care for children, we should export our ideas, keeping in mind the economic pressures and enormous metamorphosis that these countries are undergoing at present.
Notice of Biannual Meeting to be held on June 11th,1996 at 12.15 noon in Bruges.Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the above assembly will be held to discuss the following agenda:
All members are encouraged to attend Any other matters of business should be notified to the ,Secretary at least 30 days before the Assembly.
94.2 Apologies for Absence
94.3 Matters Arising from the Minutes
94.3 Secretary's Report
94.4 Treasurer's Report
94.5 Committee Reports
Membership. The membership continued to grow very satisfactorily. There continued to be problems with applications not being in the correct format and the time taken to process them was felt to be too long. It was requested from the members that the process should be speeded up.Under the Constitution the Chairmanship of the membership and Credentials Committee was the responsibility of the Immediate Past President which would now take effect.
Education. The Education Committee had been most active in the past year in preparing the draft documents on guidelines for Postgraduate Training in Paediatric Dentistry. A draft set of guidelines had now been prepared which was being discussed in a Work- shop at the present Congress. It was planned that any suggestions, additions and changes would be incorporated in a final set of
guidelines to be issued later in 1994.
Other Committees. The President drew to the attention of the members that the Constitution called for a number of Committees other than those already in existence. The Council suggested that the Assembly should approve of the formation of a Nominations Committee so that in 1996 there should be a proper nomination and election of offecers.
94.6 Election of Officers
Secretary - Professor Martin Curzon was also nominated to continue as Secretary
Treasurer - It was noted that there was now a separateTreasurer, Dr John Roberts.
Installation of The President. Professor Koch took over the Presidency from Professor Curzon who handed him the President's `Gavel of Office'. This had been made of pieces of wood from all the representative countries of Europe. President Koch thanked Professor Curzon for his work during his term of office and, together with President-Elect Professor Oulis, presented him with a plaque commemorating his Presidency. Professor Curzon thanked the Assembly for their support and encouragement and wished Professor Koch success in the coming two years.
94.7 Future Congresses
Congress 1998. No definite plans had yet been made for the venue of this Congress. The Council would be considering proposals in due course and hoped to report to the membership at the next General Assembly in 1996. Members wishing to propose sites for future Congresses in 1998, 2000 and 2002 should contact the Secretary.
94.8 Any Other Business
94.9 Date of the Next Assembly
Nominations are requested from the membership for the positions of:
Nominations must be sent to members of the Nominations Committee at least 60 days before the General Assembly, must be signed by at least two Active members and should have the agreement of the person nominated.
This small friendly meeting was held at the desert resort of La Quinta. Lectures were held throughout the mornings, leaving the remainder of the day for sport, socialising and sightseeing.
A most enjoyable conference!
John Roberts - London
This course will give an update on the latest research and techniques for the treatment of oro-facial trauma in children and young adults.
This course is designed to give training and instruction in sedation with particular reference to relative analgesia and intra-venous sedation.
This course will cover aspects of interceptive orthodontics including six year molar problems and premolar transplants.
Oral and Poster sessions will be held on all of the above topics and any others based upon submitted abstracts.Deadline for abstracts will be l5th December 1995. Further details will be in the next issue of the Newsletter.
The Congress Social Programme has been designed to allow everyone an experience of the Burgundian atmosphere of the ancient city of Bruges. The Congress centre is located in a recently renovated medieval hospital 'Oud St Jan'. All hotel accommodations are situated within walking distance.
Further details may be obtained from the Congress Organiser-Secretary:
Nursing caries (nursing bottle caries) remains a significant problem throughout Europe. It affects approximately 5 to 10% of the infant population and does not seem to be declining. Despite many dental preventive programmes, such as water fluoridation, fluoride toothpaste and the many education initiatives, the condition persists. At the first Milupa Symposium the aetiology of the condition was discussed as well as the relationship of infant feeding in general and the use of sweeteners by babies and infants. Since that first symposium a number of research
and public health initiatives have been started in various countries of Europe. This second symposium will bring together a number of speakers to provide an update on some of this research. Speakers will focus on the identification of at risk infants, current research strategies, dental public health programmes and also how to deal with the restoration of the affected dentition. The symposium has been generously sponsored by Milupa and will be open to all registrants at the main Congress. This will be of interest to all Paediatric Dentists.
1998 June (Date and Venue TBA)
NORDIC PAEDODONTIC SOCIETY
'The Medically Compromised Child'
St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2
Congenital Heart Disease in Children
A Dental Service for Children with Congenital Heart Disease
Skin Diseases in Children
Diagnostic Imaging in Children
Paediatric Hospital Dentistry
Deadline for application 29th March 1996 but early application is advised
Enquiries to: Dr Padraig Fleming, Department of Child Dental Health, Dublin Dental Hospital, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2, Ireland