Peshawar: The Pakistan Academy of Paediatric Dentistry arranged a one-day symposium at the Khyber College of Dentistry, Peshawar. It was the first symposium held by the Pakistan Academy of Paediatric Dentistry hosted by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter.
Dental health care for children is an ignored area of health care in Pakistan. The burden of dental diseases is the greatest in children. The Pakistan Academy of Paediatric Dentistry was formed by paedodontists to promote the dental health of children and to voice the dental health issues of children. This symposium served to share views and increase interaction between paediatric dentists as well as dentists from other subspecialties for the benefit of the dental health of children.
The speakers of the symposium were President, Pakistan Academy of Paediatric Dentistry, Prof Dr Amjad Hussain Wyne, Head of Paediatric Dentistry, Institute of Dentistry, CMH Medical College, Lahore, Prof Dr Arham Chahan, Diplomate American Board of Paediatric Dentistry, Consultant, Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad, Dr Noeem Arshad, Assistant Prof & Head of Department of Paediatric Dentistry, Rehman College of Dentistry Peshawar, Dr Laila Mustafa, and Consultant Dr Sara Rehman.
The topics of the presentations included ‘Oral midazolam (in management of children)’, ‘Challenges in handling and treating paediatric patients’, ‘Paediatric restorative dentistry under general anesthesia: the third dimension’, ‘Canine gouging and infant oral mutilation: a case report’ and ‘The importance of retaining primary teeth during childhood’.
The symposium was attended by the university’s faculty members, dental surgeons, postgraduate trainees, undergraduate students, and house officers from various dental colleges across KP.
The speakers are renowned educationists and clinicians in the field of Paediatric Dentistry. They shared their educational and clinical experiences with the audience. The undergraduate and postgraduate students benefited by having interaction with the national giants in the field of Paediatric Dentistry.
This symposium was arranged to serve as a platform for sharing views on the important dental health issues of children. Moreover, it would increase the interest of general dentists in Paediatric Dentistry and promote this emerging discipline of dentistry.