Higher awareness of dental injuries addressed in FDI 2017 Madrid

17 May 2017 Congress
Prof. Marie Therese Flores Barrett

Prof. Marie Therese Flores Barrett, Valparaíso University dental faculty, will be giving two lectures at the World Dental Congress in Madrid, one on ‘Special care for children with dental injuries’, the other on ‘Root fractures in the permanent dentition: diagnosis, treatment and long term follow-up’. Here she provides some background to her courses and what makes the Madrid event special..

Prof. Flores, your lectures cover two subject areas. How frequently are dental trauma incidents encountered?

One out of three children has sustained a dental injury in the primary teeth at the age of 5 years. One out of four children has sustained a dental injury in the permanent teeth at the age of 12 years.

What kind of dental injuries are most frequently encountered in children?

Tooth luxation and soft tissue injuries are more common in the primary dentition while uncomplicated crown fracture is more common in the permanent dentition. Tooth avulsion has been under reported.

What is the best way to sensitize parents and schools on the dangers of dental injury?

The dental profession needs to be involved in educating the public about the importance of dental injuries, its prevention and in first aid management at the site of accident. International Dental Associations must take active action in providing accurate Internet-based information.

You are speaking at the FDI World Dental Congress. What makes this international event different from other dental congresses?

The FDI is a well-known international congress attracting general and specialists´ dentists. This is an opportunity to spread the IADT Guidelines, the gold standard for the acute management of dental injuries.

On a personal level, what does it mean to travel to Madrid to take part in the World Dental Congress?

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet old friends and to create awareness about the importance of dental trauma education in improving acute management and prognosis for tooth avulsion and root fractures.