The Emirates Dental Society urge UAE residents to adopt a complete oral health regimen, of brushing, flossing, dental visits and even chewing sugar-free gum, and announce intention to host a mega dental congress in Dubai next year.
Dubai, UAE, September 1st, 2013:According to recent research conducted by SEHA, the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, 64% of school children in the Emirate show signs of tooth decay1, largely due to poor dental hygiene. Furthermore, data shows tooth decay—a largely preventable condition— to be the most prevalent chronic health condition in the UAE affecting more than 80 percent of the population.2 In an effort to combat these staggering statistics and further advance oral care in the UAE, a delegation from the Emirates Medical Association’s Dental Society (EDS) headed by its President, Dr Aisha Sultan Alsuwaidi, attended the 2013 Annual World Dental Congress (FDI) in Istanbul, Turkey last week, 28th-31stAugust.
According to Dr Aisha Sultan and based on Emirates Dental Society surveys and data resources; “Four out of five people residing in UAE exhibit signs of tooth decay” commented Dr Aisha Sultan. This is particularly alarming given the fact that tooth decay is largely preventable through good oral hygiene habits such as brushing at least twice daily, flossing, chewing sugar-free gum and regular visits to dentists.
Dr Aisha Sultan continued, “Each year at FDI, we are able to bring back key advances to the Emirates that might help improve the oral health practices of our residents. For example, scientific evidence shows that something as simple as chewing sugar-free gum following meals has significant oral health benefits. It stimulates saliva, which washes away food debris, and ultimately leads to healthier teeth and gums. This is one simple and perhaps underutilized and undervalued option that helps prevent tooth decay and begin to establish a good oral healthcare routine.”
In an effort to promote oral health awareness and good oral hygiene practices in the UAE, the EDS is collaborating with the Asia Pacific Dental Federation, the UAE Ministry of Health and the Emirates Medical Association to host an international dental event in Dubai next year. The Asia Pacific Dental Congress (APDC) will be held at the Dubai World Trade Center from the 17th to the 19th of June 2014. The congress is expected to attract more than 3,000 dental industry experts from approximately 45 countries. As such, APDC Dubai 2014 is set to become the largest industry event in the region.
Dr Aisha Sultan, President of the Emirates Dental Society and Chairperson of APDC, commented, “Our aim is for the APDC to featurImproving Quality of Life through better Dental Care. APDC will not only provide an opportunity to uplift the dental profession in the region, but will also showcase our commitment to improving the general health and the overall wellbeing of the natives and residents of the UAE and beyond.”
To learn more about APDC Dubai 2014, please visit http://apdentalcongress.org.
The Emirates Medical Association (EMA) under which the Emirates Dental Society (EDS) operates, was founded in 1981 as a non-profit voluntary association. The EMA is the mother umbrella that encompasses all the medical and dental specialty societies working in the UAE.
The EDS was established in 1984 to promote oral health education and good dental practice and to uplift the oral health status of the UAE community. With the increased number of dentists working in the public and private sectors, there was an earnest need to bring together the varied members of the dental community under one solid body. Dr Aisha Sultan Alsuwaidi, the first UAE female dentist, currently serves as President of the EDS Board. Concurrently, Dr Aisha serves as the Director General of Dental Services at the Ministry of Health since 2009.
With the support of major dental industry partners, the EDS holds 3 main dental events every year to keep its members up to date with the latest advances in dental science, practice and technology. Aside from these, regular meetings, seminars and workshops are held round the year in collaboration with dental companies, educational institutions and government agencies. Further to that, international dental associations have elected to hold their annual dental events in the UAE in collaboration with the EDS.
In 2014, the EDS will organize the 36th Asia Pacific Dental Congress (APDC), likely the biggest dental event to convene in UAE with more than 4000 participants expected. The APDC Dubai 2014 will see leading international, regional and local dental manufacturers come together to present their latest technologies parallel to a huge scientific program featuring world renowned speakers from 4 continents.
2. Shammaa D. Dental Caries Hit 80% of UAE Residents, Gulf News, March 24, 2009: http://m.gulfnews.com/dental-caries-hit-80-of-uae-residents-1.59212, Accessed July 2013.