February 1, 2021

FDI World Dental Congress

The World Dental Congress (WDC) is a flagship event for FDI, strengthening ties and fostering collaboration within the global oral health community.Make plans now to attend the ADA FDI World Dental Congress 2021 in Sydney, Australia. The theme is Educating for Dental Excellence – under this theme we look forward to advancing the art and science of dentistry. The 2021 WDC will deliver an innovative scientific programme, interactive fora, and an expansive exhibition, attended by the most prominent figures in the dental industry. Check out the World Dental Congress website here for more information

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UDA Considering Lifetime & Honorary Membership Designations

Over the years, there have been many great contributors to the survival of Dentistry in Uganda. From the pioneers such as Ken Chapman, to the survivalists and rejuvenators such as Dr. Nganwa and Dr. Ssamula to the technological revolutionaries like Dr. Mutyabule. The importance of recognition for such recommendable and tremendous work cannot be overstated. It’s upon this premise that plans are underway to put in place  lifetime and honorary member designations. These are intended to be privileged positions that come with certain benefits to those who may be selected to fit the criteria. While a certain announcement is yet to be made, a long list of potential candidates for each of the two categories is already on the books. The UDA believes that by publicly recognizing individuals who have made grand contributions, we can encourage the younger generation dentists to give their best in their practice. 

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The Importance of Mentorship – A Dental Students Perspective

During orientation, I remember Trevor, who is now called Dr. Kwagala. He was one of the moderators and whenever he mentioned the course he was doing, I would get shivers wandering if I too would ever be doing the things he was doing. He quickly became a symbol of excellence for me, like the other moderators probably were for the medical students. I also remember Paul, Dr. Esele. He calmly waited for us to finish each day of orientation and he would tell us about what medical school was like for a dental student. These two were my first contact with dental school and I now realize how important it is to have someone who has walked a journey receive you and guide you along the roads. Mentorship is very vital in a high pressure environment like the one at dental school, or even in life. Mentors are like anchors and lighthouses at the same time. They remind you that everything is going to be fine, they lead you on to places you want to go and sometimes places you may not have been aware that you needed to go. I now firmly believe that in whatever area of your life, you need to look out for people that are better than you and inspire you to be better as a person and then to take them on as mentors. Often, these grow into rich relationships and burdens are much lighter because you have someone watching out for you and inspiring you to go further. I have my mentors in dental school and as I edge towards the professional part of dentistry, I am beginning to identify Dentists who have excelled at their careers so I can find a way to convince them to take me on as a mentee. Dentistry is a very interesting field and a very rewarding career. Navigating it however, in a way that is fulfilling can be treacherous. Opportunities to learn and to grow must be recognized as such and utilized or else stagnation can become a reality. Find yourself a mentor and if you can, be a mentor too. Abraham Lincoln Tentena

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New UDA Executive Takes Shape

On November 13th, a new Executive committee was sworn in at a quiet scientific event held at Fairway Hotel. The UDA executive has a tenure that lasts two years during which they strive to improve the standards of Dentistry in the country and strive to foster unity and togetherness within the dental Fraternity. The new committee takes charge at a time of great difficulty, where almost all fields have felt the heavy handedness of the COVID19. How they brave these harsh times remains to be seen. A lot of work remains to be done as far as advancement of Dentistry in the country goes. From issues such as distribution of dentists in the country, enforcement of standards of practice, increasing oral health awareness and availability of affordable treatment to the general public and building future leaders in the field of Dentistry among others are some of the key issues expected to be tackled. With the number of future dentists expected to increase in the coming five years due to the formation of new dental schools, it is pertinent that the executive sets in place the  appropriate infrastructure necessary to support the future of dental cadres in the country. Led by Dr. Geoffrey Bataringaya, a veteran dentist by all definitions and proprietor of Basil’s Dental Clinic, it is safe to say the next two years will be a period of positive and much needed change.   Men who want to please their women want to know does viagra work for women? The effectiveness of Viagra depends on a woman’s desire and libido. In case of unwillingness and depression the drug may be powerless, but in case of difficulty to reach orgasm it may be useful.

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