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  • Scores of dental professionals and representatives of related organisations from across Jamaica and the region participated in the 17th annual conference of the Dental Auxiliaries of Jamaica.
  • Addressing delegates during the official opening ceremony on Wednesday, May 14, Member of Parliament for North East St. Elizabeth, Raymond Pryce lauded members of the dental profession for their hard work and dedication over the years.
  • The Member of Parliament concluded that dental auxiliaries and related professionals are key in enhancing and ensuring the preparation of Jamaica’s future and national development.

Scores of dental professionals and representatives of related organisations from across Jamaica and the region participated in the 17th annual conference of the Dental Auxiliaries of Jamaica, which was held at the Grand Palladium Resort and Spa in Lucea from Wednesday, May 14, to Friday, May 16.

Addressing delegates during the official opening ceremony on Wednesday, May 14, Member of Parliament for North East St. Elizabeth, Raymond Pryce lauded members of the dental profession for their hard work and dedication over the years.

“I want to … thank you sincerely for climbing the hills, going into the valleys and into the rural schools … and for still doing your jobs despite the limited resources … for the development of our people and our country.  It is certainly a debt of gratitude that we can’t repay,” Mr. Pryce said.

He stressed the importance of good oral health, noting that, “oral health is also linked to general health…there is (definitely) a change that is required in our approach to oral health”.

The Member of Parliament concluded that dental auxiliaries and related professionals are key in enhancing and ensuring the preparation of Jamaica’s future and national development.

Meanwhile, Custos of Hanover, Dr. David Stair underscored the need for an aggressive programme of public education on good dental health and hygiene, which he pointed out “should be part of the national push towards healthier life styles”.

The conference, held under the theme, ‘Enriching and Preserving Our Profession through Partnership and Technology’, featured presentations and discussions on topics such as, care and management of special needs clients; prevention and management of breast, prostate and colon cancers; forensic dentistry; and acupuncture.