Asia Pacific Oral Health Congress 2019

11-09-2019

The Association of Oral Health Therapist (AOHT) seeks to ensure continuous professional development remains a priority amongst our activities. They organise oral health conferences/events for Oral Health Therapists and Dentists both locally and internationally, relevant to the current trends within the dental fraternity. One of the most anticipated events every year is the Asia Pacific Oral Health Congres with the theme: Understanding Digitalisation & Disabilities in Dentistry. This year, it will be held on 1st - 3rd November at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, Singapore.

Exciting workshops and scientific seminar

Day one will be held at Nanyang Polytechnic and consists of workshops from Ms. Soon Lay Yong and Ms. Orratai Tucker about Dental Hygiene Hand Insturmentation. In view of the quality of periodontal debridement, are you satisfied with the dental hygiene armamentarium you currently use? Ever think outside the box to use more advanced dental hygiene instruments, other than the ones you usually use, to achieve precise periodontal assessment and effective periodontal debridement? In dental hygiene practice, significant amount of time is spent on periodontal debridement during non-surgical periodontal therapy. Successful instrumentation reduces gingival inflammation, eliminates bleeding and improves periodontal health and tissue integrity. Knowing how to use specialized periodontal instruments can aid in the efficacy of removing calculus, thereby, reducing the time spent scaling during an already tight patient schedule. During the Hand Instrumentation lecture, we will discuss and review the fundamentals, such as, the design characteristics of an 11/12 explorer and various specialised periodontal instruments including mini area-specific curettes and periodontal files, and how to use them effectively. Fostering on the concepts from the lecture, participants will get hands-on experience to learn and appreciate the appropriate use of these instruments during the workshop.

Additionally, Dr. Wong Li Beng will discuss on Guided Biofilm Therapy-Ultrasonic Scaling & Air Polishing Revisited.  The objective of successful prophylaxis is to achieve and maintain an apathogenic oral microbial environment through long term oral hygiene measures both by the patient as well as by the dental professional. Modern air-polishing devices are becoming increasingly significant in the context of maintenance therapy. It is important that dentists and oral health therapists are kept abreast of the latest technological advancement in an evidence-based approach. The correct usage of ultrasonic scaler is also important in ensuring a comfortable treatment process. This workshop will amalgamate the use of air-polishing and ultrasonic scaling and how they can be applied in the concept of Guided Biofilm Therapy.

Also, Mr. Arish Naresh will share his insights on Innovation, Communication and Advancement in OHT Clinical Practice.  Oral health therapy is changing with advancements in technology to manage pain in dentistry and the availability of newer and better materials. This workshop will focus on the latest innovations in the sector including demonstrating the use of “The Wand”, Smart Bur Systems and White Amalgam. The workshop will also focus on how to improve communication skills with patients and colleagues using internationally validated communication tool. 

Furthermore, Dr. Tay Chong Meng will talk about  Management of Patients with Intellectual Disability and Behavioural Challenges.  Special Needs Dentistry (or Special Care Dentistry) encompasses the management of people within a wide spectrum, ranging from intellectual disability/cognitive impairment, psychological and behavioral challenges, motor and/or sensory challenges, to complex medical conditions inclusive of neurological and oncological diseases.

It has been associated with the population of people with congenital and developmental disabilities and these people tend to have less visibility from the public due to traditional Asian cultural values. Changes in culture have led to more public visibility of these individuals in the recent years and heightened public awareness has led to advocacy to provide these people with a better quality of life, including that related to oral health. However, behavioural challenges amongst those with intellectual disability can be pose a hurdle to oral healthcare. In addition to effective chairside management to address any dental concerns, strategies to engage the patient and caregivers are crucial towards the holistic management of these patients. This presentation will highlight the various strategies to manage their behavior and oral health conditions.

These are only a few of the things we should look out for. Not to mention, the exclusive limited attendace workshop by Dr. Adrian Yap on Temporal-Mandibular Disorders - Screening and Diagnosis.  Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) are a significant public health problem. They refer to a collection of dental and medical conditions affecting the temporomandibular joints, masticatory muscles and / or associated structures. TMD are the most common cause of nondental orofacial pain. They are also the second most widespread musculoskeletal condition and can significantly impact the quality of life of individuals. In addition to orofacial pain, the other signs / symptoms of TMD include headaches, otological complaints, jaw joint sounds, jaw function difficulties, limited or abnormal jaw movements as well as catching / locking of the jaws. Due to their wide variety of signs / symptoms, TMD are frequently under and misdiagnosed in clinical practice. Population studies show that approximately 75% of people have signs while 33% have symptoms of TMD. The prevalence of TMD in children and adolescents had been reported to range from 16 to 68%. As such, most oral health therapists and dentists will encounter patients with TMD in a routine work week.

This three-part workshop aims to help participants know the current concepts of TMD, their epidemiology, classification and etiology. Participants will learn how to assess and diagnose for TMD using screening tools and conduct a TMD screening examination. An overview of non-surgical (conservative) and surgical TMD management will also be presented. The majority of patients with TMD respond well to conservative treatment. For some patients, the TMD are more chronic and may develop as a reaction to psychosocial stresses. The diagnosis and management of these patients are more complex, often requiring an inter-disciplinary approach.

For all interested participants, early bird registration has been extended to 30th September!  For registration and more information go to: www.aoht.org.sg