23rd February 2017
Our president, Luka Banjšak, recently attended the Alliance for a Cavity Free Future Pan European Meeting in Amsterdam. As one of ACFF's partners, EDSA was present to help discuss caries prevention.
There were a significant number of European associations represented including:
Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE), European Association of Dental Public Health (EADPH), European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry (EAPD), European Dental Hygienists Federation (EDHF), European Dental Students’ Association (EDSA), European Organisation for Caries Research (ORCA) and Platform for Better Oral Health in Europe (PBOHE). The significance of the meeting was in the preparation of the change acceptance workshop. Namely, in order to work in a preventative way one must first accept the change to the spirit towards integrating it as a integral part of dental medicine. Some rather nifty tips and tricks were presented and have motivated me to share them in a short interactive session at the following EDSA meetings.
By the time of the next meeting in Cardiff the ACFF will have offered to organise EDSA member- tailored workshops on the ICCMS (International Caries Classification and Management system) and other strategic actions of the Alliance. This will open new doors in the domain of dental public health to our members that have an aspiration in this eld. The Alliance members agreed on delivering and popularising a “cavity free future day” which will consist of a number of public health initiatives worldwide because the Alliance in general is working on the global scale. The meetings will strive to be held more often so that the goals can be reached quicker. This is in a way a prelude to why the need for an internal workshop. All organisations work by meeting at different frequencies and with different structures.