Dr Rohaida Abdul Halim

BDS(Malaya), DClinDent(Otago), DipClinHyp(LCCH)

Dr Rohaida graduated from University of Malaya, Malaysia in 2002. She then completed her specialist training in Paediatric Dentistry from University of Otago, New Zealand in 2012, followed by Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis in 2015 and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy from London College of Clinical Hypnosis in 2018. She is currently the Programme Coordinator for Doctor of Paediatric Dentistry programme, Centre of Studies for Paediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. Her areas of interest are Behaviour Management, Cariology, Developmental Dental Anomalies, Dental Education and Hypnosis.

 

Caries Management by Risk Assessment and Preventive Therapy

For centuries dental caries is one of the most prevalent of human diseases. This disease involves the mineralised tissues of teeth, caused by the action of microorganisms on fermentable carbohydrates. Left untreated, the disease can result in bacterial invasion and death of pulp, and the spread of infection into the periapical tissues. However, if ‘caught’ early, caries could be arrested, remineralisation could be initiated and continue to occur. One of the possible reasons for this includes the widespread use of fluoride, changes in diet, and possible change in the virulence of microorganisms.

This session aims to stress on the importance of ensuring that children remain caries free through assessment of its risks and appreciate the contribution of the primary dentition, in particular, to overall health and development. While at the same time, appreciate how knowledge of this assists in determining the most appropriate therapy for both the child and family.