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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin December 2011
40 DECEMBER 2011 Implant dentistry is intellectually stimulating, challenging, fulfilling and financially rewarding. Why not make the most of your CPD in 2012? The Brener Institute Faculty provides a Structured Implant Certificate Program using the most progressive, well documented, evidence based approach with hands on experience to make implant placement safe and predictable. Over 200 dentists have attended this comprehensive program since its institution in 2003. The seven surgical and three prosthetic modules include lectures, surgical observation, laboratory participation, hands on surgery and prosthodontics. Dental practitioners may attend courses from either or both the Prosthetic or Surgical programs. Completion of this program will give the graduate confidence to perform three-dimensional prosthetically driven treatment planning, bone grafting, implant placement and prosthetics. The program provides office protocols and appropriate documentation to prepare your patients for surgical attendance. The Implant Certificate Program provides 162 hours of tax deductible CPD recognition. The Brener Institute guarantees courses are compliant with Section 4 of the DBA Guidelines on Continuing Professional Development. Brener Implant Institute Level 5 161 Walker Street, North Sydney NSW 2060 Tel: 02-9922-4455 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.brener.com.au Brener Implant Institute 2012 Certificate Program Why it makes $EN$E TO INVEST IN ORAL HEALTH national dental update There is a growing body of evidence pointing to the association between oral health and chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease in the adult population. While there is a concerted effort being made to change peoples’ behaviour with regard to their diet and exercise habits, there is little or no mention of the need to look after our teeth and gums in any national campaigns. The cost of dental treatment is significant. Last year, the national expenditure on dental services was $7.7 billion with individuals funding 61.1% of that amount and governments contributing $1.9 billion (24.5%). That is 6.3% of the total health spend in 2009–10. Not included in that amount is expenditure on general health- related problems which may have been exacerbated by oral health issues. Whatever the true amount, such expenditure on what is predominantly preventable is absurd. So why do we continue to be reactive to dental health needs rather than be proactive and invest in oral health promotion and prevention? Prevention makes sense – not only will it lead to a better oral health status for Australians; it will also result in decreased spending on dental healthcare in the long-term. So what needs to be done? It’s simple. fLUORIdATE WATER SUPPLIES Fluoridation of reticulated water supplies has long been championed by the Australian Dental Association Inc. (ADA) as a major initiative to reduce dental decay. Apart from recent moves to fluoridate Queensland water supplies, water fluoridation still has to be implemented for smaller populations of 800 to 1,000, although this is now feasible and cost-effective. Thus, some 24% of the Australian population, including many indigenous communities, do not have access to this proven dental health measure. 1 The ADA contends that water fluoridation should be a Federal responsibility consistent with the National Preventative Health Strategy. PROMOTE ORAL HEALTH And InvEST In PREvEnTIOn Oral health promotion, in all of its forms including education and fluoridation, needs to be an integral part of Australia’s health plans and optimum use of preventively-oriented programs and preventive allied dental personnel are an essential prerequisite. Any state or federal government dental scheme must incorporate strategies to support behavioural change, especially for individuals where dental decay and periodontal disease are proven risks. Because ultimately, a person’s oral health is in their own hands. Oral health promotion and prevention is a key objective of the WHO Global Oral Health Programme (ORH), one of the technical programs within the Department of Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion (CHP). The WHO Oral Health Programme works with building oral health policies towards effective control of risks to oral health, based on the common risk factors approach. The focus is on modifiable risk behaviours related to diet, nutrition, hygiene, use of tobacco and excessive consumption of alcohol. The Programme stimulates development and implementation of community-oriented demonstration projects for oral health promotion and prevention of oral diseases with focus on disadvantaged and poor population groups in developed and developing countries. The Australian Government has established the Australian National Health Preventive Agency (ANHPA) to promote health and reduce health risk and inequalities. So let’s call on the ANHPA to follow the WHO Oral Health Programme and raise awareness through an ongoing and extensive media campaign of the benefits to our teeth and gums of: • effective brushing and flossing; • reducing intake of sugary foods and acidic drinks; • quitting smoking; • reducing alcohol consumption; and • reinvest in school dental programmes and remove unhealthy foods and drinks from schools. REfEREnCE 1Australian Government, National Health and Medical Research Council. A systematic review of the efficacy and safety of fluoridation. Part A: Review Methodology and Results. December 2007. Source: National Dental Update, November 2011. The ADA National Dental Update is a monthly publication distributed to politicians and opinion leaders. Other issues can be viewed at www.ada.org.au
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