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2017 Australian World Oral Health Day Lecture

2017 Australian World Oral Health Day Lecture

20th Mar 17

Summary —

At the 2017 Australian World Oral Health Day Lecture, Professor Joerg Eberhard will outline how oral diseases affect the health of the whole body, the opportunities and challenges dentistry faces and will invite the audience to brainstorm the future self-concept of dental health practitioners.

Key Issues For The Dental Industry —

On 20 March every year the globe celebrates World Oral Health Day, an initiative of the FDI World Dental Federation.

This year's campaign is Live Mouth Smart. It encourages good oral hygiene habits, avoiding risk factors and having a regular dental check-up from early in life can help maintain optimal oral health into old age. 

To commemorate this significant debate in the dental community’s calendar, the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) convenes the annual Australian World Oral Health Day Lecture.  This is an opportunity for the industry to raise the profile the issues which the FDI World Dental Federation focus on each year.

2017 Australian World Oral Health Day Lecture – Topic

Global health burdens, years lost due to ill-health or disease, and the financial load of health care systems are inseparably connected to dental health.

Over decades substantial evidence has accumulated demonstrating that dental decay and tooth loss are not only therapeutic challenges, but chronic diseases that affect the growing child as well as the elderly in their social capacity to cope with life and their elementary needs to stay healthy. In addition, the link between oral gum disease and general health, including diabetes mellitus, mental health, or cardiovascular disease, has been proven in numerous research articles demonstrating how a local chronic inflammatory response adversely affects tissues and organs far beyond the oral cavity.

In the future the community of dental practitioners, academics and industry should further investigate the proposed links between oral and general health, transfer the present knowledge into daily dental practice and education, and effectively disseminate this knowledge to the public. This paradigm change will be an opportunity to further develop dentistry to an innovative medical discipline, practicing Humboldtian tradition, for the benefits of every patient.

This years presentation will give an overview of how oral diseases affect the health of the whole body, the opportunities and challenges dentistry faces and will invite the audience to brainstorm the future self-concept of dental health practitioners.

2017 Australian World Oral Health Day Lecture – Speaker

Professor Joerg Eberhard med.dent, MME is a dental-scientist translational researcher, Chair of Lifespan Oral Health in the Faculty of Dentistry and the Charles Perkins Centre, the University of Sydney.

He graduated in Dentistry in 1993 from the University of Duesseldorf in Germany and was trained as a Periodontist at the University Hospital Kiel afterwards. In 1999 he started a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Biochemistry at the University of California in Santa Barbara and was awarded the Venia Legendi in 2003 at the University of Kiel.

Between 2005 and 2007 Professor Eberhard was trained at the University Heidelberg in Medical Education. From 2008 to his moving to Australia, he was full Professor and clinical-scientist at Hannover Medical School. Professor Eberhard joined the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Sydney in April 2016.

Professor Eberhard is interested in the interactions between oral and general health through all phases of life. Gingivitis and periodontitis are common diseases of the oral cavity affecting the tooth supporting tissues in response to bacterial accumulation with proven adverse effects for general health. Interactions of oral health and general health include e.g. diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases and new emerging research fields like sleep apnoea, obesity and diet.

The 2017 Australian World Oral Health Day Lecture was inaugurated by the ADIA, the peak business organisation representing manufacturers and suppliers of dental products.  It is held each year on 20 March which is World Oral Health Day, an initiative of the FDI World Dental Federation and is one of thousands of events convened globally to raise awareness of the key themes of World Oral Health Day. Each year, a prominent individual from the oral health community presents a lecture that aligns with the themes of World Oral Health Day.

ADIA's support for World Oral Health Day and the 2017 Australian World Oral Health Day Lecture arises from a key objective set out in the 2016-20 ADIA Strategic Plan, a document the sets our a bold vision for an industry that empowers oral health professionals to advance the health and well-being of all Australians.

The 2017 Australian World Oral Health Day Lecture is being presented at the ADIA National Office in Sydney and is a sell-out event.

Further Information —

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