Oral hygiene: Fads and facts behind the questions

Tue 18 May 2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Oral hygiene: Fads and facts behind the questions

Learn how to give evidence-based answers to your patients' questions about oral hygiene products and fads.

'Floss the teeth you wish to keep.' We’ve all heard the phrase, so why is daily oral hygiene such a pain in the tooth?

Plaque bacteria is undeniably our biggest enemy when managing dental disease. From charcoal toothpastes, to oil pulling, to bamboo toothbrushes, there is an abundance of different oral hygiene fads on the market. It can become overwhelming to keep up with what works. Our role as dental professionals must be to provide evidence-based advise to our patients while understanding their individual risk profile.

Learn how to:

  • Discuss plaque as a primary etiologic agent in oral disease – what do we know about oral dysbiosis?
  • Understand market advances in oral hygiene products to provide ‘site-specific’ oral hygiene instruction
  • Recognise your patients’ ability to perform oral hygiene and how that relates to their risk profile
  • Correctly formulate oral hygiene routines and recall intervals for your patients.

CPD hours: 1 clinical hour

RSVP by Friday 14 May.

Please note: After registering for this event, you will receive confirmation of registration. Once registration has closed on the 14 May, you will receive a separate email with the zoom webinar log on details on 17 May. 



Dr Suman Bellur 

BDSc (Hons), DCD Perio (Melb), FPFA

Dr Suman Bellur graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2007 with a Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc Hons). She practised as a general dentist in Shepparton and Melbourne for six years, in both the private and public sectors, which provided her with comprehensive experience in all facets of general practice. Having fostered a keen interest in periodontics, Dr Bellur returned to The University of Melbourne to undertake her specialty training in periodontics.

Throughout her practicing career, Suman has been heavily involved in the Australian Dental Association (ADA), having served terms on the Dental Council, Finance, Risk and Audit and Continuing Professional Development Committees. She has been awarded the Pierre Fauchard Academy bursary for outstanding academic performance and was inducted into the Academy in 2013. She has completed her primary examinations for the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.

For several years, Suman has been a demonstrator and examiner of dental students at the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University. She is a current member of the ADA, Australian Society of Periodontology (ASP), Australia and New Zealand Association of Periodontology (ANZAP) and International Team of Implantology (ITI).

Suman has a compassionate and gentle nature, and always strives to provide her patients with the highest quality of care in all facets of periodontics. In her spare time, Suman is a keen fitness enthusiast having competed in several fitness competitions.

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