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National President of the Indian Dental Association Dr. George Thomas addressing students at the 29th Tamil Nadu State Dental Conference – Student Convention that was recently held in Namakkal district. — Photo: Special Arrangement
National President of the Indian Dental Association Dr. George Thomas addressing students at the 29th Tamil Nadu State Dental Conference – Student Convention that was recently held in Namakkal district. — Photo: Special Arrangement

National President of the Indian Dental Association Dr. George Thomas has urged dental students to start practising with state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure. He was addressing dental students at the inauguration of the 29{+t}{+h}IDA Tamil Nadu State Conference – Student Convention that was recently held at Vivekanandha Education Institutions for Women, Tiruchengode.

According to Dr. Thomas, IDA was among the largest associations for dentists, across the globe, with more than 45,000 members. India also has nearly 300 dental colleges which is a third of the total colleges the world over, he said. With this strength arises a need for maintaining the state-of-the-art infrastructure and cleanliness in and around the dental clinics, he added. At this juncture, he reiterated the need for proper sterilisation of the equipment and the clinic premises right from the reception area. Noting that there is no professional body to conduct inspections at dental clinics or to regulate, he said that “discussions are on to establish a professional body with a set of guidelines.”

“Our professional competencies are on a par with global standards but we want a body of this kind that would serve as an accreditation authority for dentistry in the country. Efforts are also on to promote IDA as the custodian of dental health in country.”

He also spoke on the role of IDA in working towards betterment of professionalism in dentistry through continuous education programmes and the association's other activities such as Tobacco Intervention Initiative (TII). “This is to educated people on the ill-effects of tobacco and the need to keep the mouth and teeth clean and healthy,” Dr. Thomas noted.

“Even after we start practising, it is our duty to keep ourselves abreast with the latest trends and happenings in the field of dental health,” he stated. While most of the dental students go for a postgraduate specialisation course, it was highly essential that they at least learn the basics in all forms of dentistry and not to restrict themselves with a particular field.

He concluded with the words “dentistry is an art and science and we should not compromise on quality.” Nearly 1,000 students participated.

Chairman of Vivekanandha Educational Institutions M. Karunanidhi and office-bearers of the Tamil Nadu chapter of IDA, its president S.I. Sathianesan, general secretary C. Sivakumar, treasurer T.S. Ranjith, conference secretary Iyyappan Shankar and organising chairman M. Vadivelkumar also spoke.

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