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5 October 2018,
Friday, 9am - 9.30pm

6 October 2018
Saturday, 9am - 5.30pm


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Dr Wong Li Beng

BDS (Singapore)
MDS Periodontology (Singapore)
MRD RCS (Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
FAMS Periodontology (Singapore)

Dr Wong Li Beng is a Consultant and Periodontist at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, National University Health System and is currently the Director of Service for Preventive Dentistry. He is a fully registered Periodontist with the Singapore Dental Council and the Academy of Medicine, Singapore. Besides Dentistry, he is also a registered Acupuncturist with the TCM Practitioners Board.

Dr Wong teaches in the NUS undergraduate program and NYP oral health therapy diploma program. He also serves in the Military Medicine Institute of Singapore. He is the current chairman of the Chapter of Periodontics, Academy of Medicine, Singapore and is part of the Dental Specialist Accreditation Committee.

Topic: Traditional Chinese Medicine and Oral Health

Synopsis: Traditional Chinese Medicine has a long history of treatment for various medical conditions. Acupuncture, in particular, has been recognized by the World Health Organization as a recognized and effective treatment modality with nearly 1000 systematic reviews on acupuncture to date. This presentation will cover the treatment principle behind acupuncture and how it can be applied to dentistry.

Dr Marianne Ong

Dr Marianne Ong is a Senior Consultant Periodontist in the Department of Restorative Dentistry at the National Dental Centre Singapore (NDCS). She obtained her BDS from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1991 and her Certificate & Master of Science in Periodontics from the University of Michigan in 1997.


She became the first local Singaporean to obtain the Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology in 1998. She currently is a Fellow in the Chapter of Dental Surgeons Academy of Medicine, Singapore and is a registered Dental Specialist in Periodontology with the Singapore Dental Council.

Dr Ong is presently Director Education, NDCS; Academic Vice Chair Education of the SingHealth Duke-NUS Oral Health Academic Clinical Programme and Chair, SingHealth Academy College of Clinical Dentistry.

Dr Ong is actively involved in postgraduate teaching in the Master of Dental Surgery (Periodontology) Residency Training Programme (MDS PRTP), Faculty of Dentistry, NUS since 2002 and the Nanyang Polytechnic Oral Health Therapy Dental Hygiene clinical supervision since 2003. She has also served in various committee positions in professional bodies and has given continuing professional education talks both locally and regionally.

Topic: The Important Role of the Oral Health Therapist in Periodontal Maintenance

Synopsis: Periodontal maintenance is crucial to the long-term success of both periodontal and dental implant therapy. Both periodontal and dental implant therapies have been shown to be effective in maintaining natural teeth and replacing lost teeth respectively. Unfortunately, the benefits of treatment can often be lost in the absence of a regular program of clinical re-evaluation, plaque control, oral hygiene instruction & reassessment of biomechanical factors with resulting inflammatory disease in the form of recurrent periodontitis or peri-implantitis around natural teeth or dental implants respectively.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to appreciate the significant role of the oral health therapist in periodontal maintenance in the treatment of periodontal diseases and in the maintenance of dental implants with regards to:

  • The biologic basis and therapeutic goals of periodontal & peri-implant maintenance.
  • Periodontal maintenance in relation to periodontitis & peri-implant disease.
  • Types & frequency of periodontal maintenance.
  • Treatment considerations for maintenance visits.

Darren Lee

Darren Lee is one of the top graduates from Nanyang Polytechnic’s Diploma in Oral Health Therapy course, having graduated in 2008 with Merit and awarded the best in clinical practice. It was his exposure and fascination in patients’ emotional regulation, especially in negative emotions, that has led him to pursue further education in Psychology. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the Singapore Management University in 2014. During his time of undergraduate studies, he maintained active practice working at an orthodontic clinic with an interest in managing paediatric patients. Today, besides practicing at the clinic, he runs a swim school, coaching and managing students with water anxiety and phobia. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London.


Topic: Child Psychology and Management of the dental child patient


Synopsis: Dental fear as a general emotion and in its associated psychological disorder states is a prevalent universal condition experienced by many of all age groups in most populations around the world. In children & adolescents worldwide, it has been empirically shown to be a common problem. Systematic reviews done as recently as 2017 have shown that 10%-30% of children/adolescents in the geographic regions of Europe, Asia, Australasia and South America have experienced some form of dental fear. The last research on such prevalence in Singapore was done in 1990, where the rate was at 17.7%. Although dated, it is vital historical evidence showing such a condition does exist in the young in Singapore. As poor management of dental fear has been shown to generate a vicious cycle, leading to poor compliance of preventive dental visits extending throughout life eventually adversely affecting a person’s overall state of oral health, it is important that the management of dental fear be initiated at an individual’s first dental visit. In particular, Oral Health Therapists in Singapore play a vested role, as they would likely be the first dental practitioners an individual as a child visits in Singapore, owing to the free universal basic dental care offered by Dental Therapists from the School Dental Service for all children/adolescents studying in primary, secondary and junior colleges. They would also likely be the dental practitioners whom parents of children & adolescents are most frequently interacting with. Thus, Oral Health Therapists are critical in building the foundations of trust in the practice of dentistry early on in an individual, which will indirectly affect his overall state of oral health later on in adulthood.

At the end of the talk, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand dental fear as a general emotion, its etiology and prevalence
  2. Distinguish the associated psychological disorders arising from dental fear
  3. Identify and mitigate negative stimuli in the practice of dentistry that stimulates fear
  4. Identify at-risk individuals who have higher predisposition to fear
  5. Utilise non-pharmalogical techniques to mitigate the emotion of fear in paediatric patients
  6. Recognize when fear becomes a disorder and the need for referral
  7. Appreciate the importance that oral health therapists play in determining the future well-being of individuals

Dental Hygiene Hand Instrumentation Lecture and Workshop

Lay Soon, RDH, MS

Lay began her career in dental hygiene education as a junior-year lead instructor at Clark College in Washington USA. She is currently a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Oral Health Therapy, School of Health Sciences, at Nanyang Polytechnic.

Lay earned her Associate of Applied Science degrees in Dental Assisting (Magna Cum Laude) and Dental Hygiene (Magna Cum Laude) from Lake Washington Institute of Technology. She received a degree in Business Administration (Information Systems) with Distinction and Cum Laude, and Masters of Science in Oral Biology from University of Washington.

Lay is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), Washington State Dental Hygienists’ Association (WSDHA) and Association for Oral Health Therapists (Singapore). She received the Life Long Learning Grant by WSDHA, and also presented at the ADHA’s Center for Lifelong Learning 87th Annual Session in Las Vegas USA, International Dental Exhibition and Meeting Singapore 2014 and Asia Pacific Dental Congress 2015.

In addition to teaching, Lay maintains clinical practice as a part-time dental hygienist. Lay currently serves a member of the Oral Health Therapy Accreditation Committee of Singapore Dental Council, and the Geriatric and Special Needs workgroup in Ministry of Health, Singapore.

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5th October 2018, Friday

9am – 5pm

Dental Hygiene Hand Instrumentation Workshop
Ms Soon Lay Yong & Ms Orratai Tucker

6.30pm – 9.30pm

Intra-Oral Scanning Workshop

6th October 2018, Friday

Scientific Lectures

9am – 10.30am

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Oral Health*
Dr Wong Li Beng

11am – 12pm

Muscular-Skeletal Disorders in OHTs
Dr Vaishali Natu

12pm – 1pm

The Important Role of the Oral Health Therapist in Periodontal Maintenance
Dr Marianne Ong

2pm – 3pm

The Global OHT*
ADOHTA President – Tan Nguyen

3pm – 4pm

Geriatric Dentistry and OHTs
Dr David Lim

4.30pm – 5.30pm

Child Psychology and Management of the Child Dental Patient
Mr Darren Lee











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