OHC 2017 focuses on holistic theme

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The theme of the annual Oral Health Conference & Exhibition (OHC) is always eagerly anticipated. It is carefully chosen to address the needs of dental hygienists and dental therapists who wish to learn more about the most relevant and up-to-date developments in their field.

This year’s event, on the theme “More to the Mouth”, explores the importance of taking a holistic approach to treating patients instead of focusing only on clinical intervention for their dental complaints.

“We have deliberately designed the programme to bring together all aspects of dental hygiene and therapy that we hope will help delegates to transform their working lives for the benefit of the patient, and also themselves,” said Helen Minnery, president of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT).

“We have set out to ensure the choice of themes is relevant to their day-to-day lives and concerns, whether the delegate is a qualified hygienist or therapist, or a student who is still honing their skills.”

The event, to be held on 3rd–4th November 2017, at Harrogate Convention Centre, provides a broad range of session topics on oral, physical and mental health. Among them are presentations on mental health, sexual and oral health, head and neck cancer, efforts to promote healthy behaviour among patients, a holistic approach to whitening and employing a tactical team approach to handling complaints.

The full programme of educational sessions provides up to 10 hours of verifiable CPD for delegates.

The OHC is also an ideal setting for networking, from sharing and learning about best practices, to discovering more about state-of-the-art products and emerging services during the exhibition.

Participants can submit a poster of their own design that displays their work to their peers and the public in the Annual Poster Competition; the submissions will be on exhibit during the event and the deadline for submission is 1st September.

A golden opportunity to catch up with new and old acquaintances will be had at the opening day’s evening reception. The Hand Care Bar, sponsored by Philips Oral Healthcare in recognition of the hard work of hygienists and therapists, will hand out well-deserved pampering sessions.

Early bird registrants can take advantage of a 30 per cent discount off the full fee by registering by 4th September, and students are entitled to further discounts.