Dear Colleagues and Friends
It is our great pleasure to announce that the African Regional Meeting “A New Smile for Africa” of the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry (IAPD) Regional Meeting will be held during 16-18 March, 2018 | Johannesburg, South Africa.
The IAPD Regional Meeting will be the most prestigious meeting in children’s dentistry to be held on the African Continent. This meeting is organized by the Paedodontic Society of South Africa which was founded in 1980 under the auspices of the IAPD.
Children make up the largest age group in Africa and are the future. Africa has one of the highest DMF indices in the world. It is thus very important for us to acquire the tools to be able to reverse this very frightening statistic.
This meeting will focus and cover important topics in children’s dental health.
The program is a combination of keynote speakers, invited local speakers, poster presentations, panel discussions, hands-on sessions and industry displayed exhibitions.
The meeting will focus on the importance of prevention of Dental Caries. Decay not only causes pain and loss of school time, it psychologically traumatizes the young child. Our panel of distinguished speakers will cover most aspects on prevention and treatment of this debilitating disease on 16 March, 2018.
Behaviour Management of the child patient is a challenge for many clinicians. Our world leaders will discuss the methods of overcoming this barrier.
The next day will cover the latest advances in Dental Biomaterials as well as treatment of pulpal disease in children.
When treating the apprehensive child, the clinician requires various options in controlling Pain and Fear. We are fortunate to have world authorities who will guide us how to treat the child in a pain free and stress free environment.
Unfortunately, the incidence of child abuse and Dental Trauma is on the rise. Our expert panel will help us recognize abuse and trauma and will provide useful guidelines in how to report abuse to the authorities.
The last day of sessions will look at the pros and cons of Sedative Methods available for the apprehensive child.
Aesthetics has become a major ball player in our life today. Our distinguished panel will discuss the challenges we face and problems that can be addressed early on to help give the child great self-esteem.
The meeting will end with an open session where the panel will debate the latest techniques and answer questions from the floor. We hope to address all your queries in this important session.
This is an opportunity for you to take a trip to the Cradle of Mankind as well as visiting Soweto. You have the chance to go down a gold mine as well as take a break at one of our famous game parks.
You will leave our sunny shores with fantastic memories of a world class dental meeting and sights you will never forget.
We are looking forward to giving you a warm South African Welcome!
Si bheke phambili uku ni mukela nge zandla e zi futhumele e Mzansi Africa
Dr. Marietjie Weakley
President of the Paedodontic Society & Chairperson