Dentsply Sirona to Host Event on Special Care Dentistry

The event will be streamed from Germany on November 15.

Dentsply Sirona will host “Special Care Dentistry: Reducing Inequalities—Bridging the Gap” on November 15 from 9 am to 11 am EST. The event will be streamed live from the company’s site in Bensheim, Germany.

The educational seminar is designed to highlight the importance of special care dentistry, which is often overlooked within dental practices and in university training, according to a press release from the company. Around 15% of the world’s population is living with a disability, the press release stated.

Global dental professionals from different backgrounds—practice, education, public health, and advocacy—will outline current challenges, present the latest advancements, and provide solutions to serve this population. Speakers include:

  • Dr Mark Wolff, Ph.D.—Morton Amsterdam Deam of the University of Pennslyvania Dental School
  • Darryl Barrett, LLM—Technical Lead for Disability at the World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Dr Alison Dougall—Immediate Past President of the International Association for Disability and Oral Health and Professor of Special Care at Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr Jacobo Limeres Posse, DDS, Ph.D.—Professor at Santiago de Compostela Univerisity and former President of the Spanish Society of Special Care Dentistry
  • Mélanie Gréaux, MSc—Consultant for the Disability Programme of the WHO Sensory, Disability and Rehabilitation Unit

The panel will discuss how to deliver reliable care for people with disabilities and what special care dentistry should look like at universities. They will also consider how recent advances can reduce oral health inequalities for people living with disabilities.

“As dental professionals, we know how important it is for everyone to have access to good oral health care,” said Jörg Vogel, vice president of sales, international special clinic solutions for Dentsply Sirona. “Yet, for people with disabilities, visiting a dentist can sometimes seem virtually impossible. Everyone deserves the best dental care, regardless of any condition or special needs. It’s a necessity, not a nice-to-have. We all need to play our role in making the industry more inclusive for this population.”