Beirut International Dental Meeting 2019: Informing dental professionals

By bringing prominent individuals in the different disciplines of dental medicine together, the association aspired to shed light on the newest innovations and methods within the profession.
by Hala Mezher and Maria Matar

6 October 2019 | 17:26

Source: by Annahar

BIDM opening ceremony

BEIRUT: The Lebanese Dental Association hosted international and national professionals in the field of dental medicine for the 29th annual edition of Beirut International Dental Meeting (BIDM) to present the latest scientific and academic advancements, wrapping it up Saturday.

Taking place from the 3rd to the 5th of October at BIEL, the convention involved multiple parallel presentations, discussions, live video transmissions, workshops, research sessions, and an exhibition center featuring dental equipment, tools, and technologies.

By bringing prominent individuals in the different disciplines of dental medicine together, the association aspired to shed light on the newest innovations and methods within the profession.

Atef Nohra, a member of the Board of Directors at the Lebanese Dental Association, told Annahar about the importance of remaining informed in the field of dental medicine.

“The purpose of this event is to raise awareness - every dentist should always be up to date. When it comes to dentistry, there are new discoveries, trends and treatment methods every week,” explained Nohra.

“We aim, in collaboration with TV channels, to showcase campaigns that raise awareness about the importance of dental health. The mouth is the main entrance for everything that goes into the body, from food to bacteria, and that’s why it should be taken care of,” he added.

Through the convention, the Lebanese Dental Association aimed to facilitate an exchange of information, and allow dentists to become acquainted with the latest developments in the field in order to enhance the practice on a national basis.

During his opening ceremony speech, Mario Aoun, representative of HE President Michael Aoun said, “this event is held under the banner of science, the exchange of knowledge, and technology.”

“The President accords the utmost importance to professional associations, especially in the medical and scientific fields, and does not hesitate to provide support to scientific conventions like this one,” he added.

The event hosted 29 international speakers invited from 15 countries, as well as 37 local speakers to engage in discussions on different specializations within dental medicine, including dental public health, implant surgery, pediatric dentistry, dental laser, and more.

Through his opening ceremony address, President of the Lebanese Dental Association Roger Rbeiz addressed the plans that the association has in place to develop dental medicine in Lebanon.

“The program we are working on as an association is revolutionary is based on many points, including clinical licensure, death grants, and retirement compensations,” said Rbeiz.

“Another point is transparency which will be showcased on our public online platform to disclose the association’s revenues and expenses, and there will be an external independent checker to ensure the accuracy of the information; if there are any intentional mistakes, there will be accountability,” he concluded.

“I was quite impressed by the level of scientific knowledge that the doctors have in Lebanon. A lot of doctors had very good questions, ” Sérgio Bernardes, Implant Bio engineering expert and one of the speakers invited from Brazil, told Annahar. 

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