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Dentists to explore the use of complementary therapies; BREAKING HEALTH NEWS.

THE use of complementary therapies in dentistry will be explored at the 11th annual rural dental conference this summer.

Organised by the Welsh Rural Postgraduate Unit, the conference will look at the roles acupuncture, hypnosis, homeopathy, herbalism and propolis play in dental treatment.

Charles Vaughan Jones, postgraduate dental tutor for Rural Wales, said: "As healthcare professionals our training is designed to make us analytic and critical of unfamiliar techniques.

"This can have the effect of making us dogmatic and even entrenched. While observing a healthy prudence it is important that we are receptive to unfamiliar techniques, otherwise no progress would ever be made.

"This year's conference will focus on respected professional colleagues who have added to their repertoire of dental treatment adjuncts and are prepared to share these with delegates.

"We need to know at least as much as our patients about these modalities, even if after consideration we decided they are not for us, in order to help them to make informed decisions."

Speakers include Tom Thayer, senior clinical teacher and consultant in oral surgery at the University of Liverpool, who will discuss the role of acupuncture in dentistry and dental surgeon Philip Wander, who will talk about homeopathy, herbalism and propolis in dentistry. The conference will be held in Gregynog Hall, near Newtown, on June 25. To book a place contact Heidi Evans on 01686 650 800.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 15, 2010
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