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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 55-56

Addressing the challenges of oral health in the 21 st century through research


Managing Editor, SJOS, Riyadh Colleges of Dentistry and Pharmacy, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Date of Web Publication12-Aug-2014

Correspondence Address:
Professor Hezekiah A Mosadomi
Riyadh Colleges of Dentistry and Pharmacy, PO Box 84891, Riyadh 11681
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1658-6816.138457

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Mosadomi HA. Addressing the challenges of oral health in the 21 st century through research. Saudi J Oral Sci 2014;1:55-6

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Mosadomi HA. Addressing the challenges of oral health in the 21 st century through research. Saudi J Oral Sci [serial online] 2014 [cited 2019 Nov 19];1:55-6. Available from: http://www.saudijos.org/text.asp?2014/1/2/55/138457

The challenges faced by oral healthcare professionals in the 21 st century are many and varied, and with the exception of a few countries, dental caries remains a significant cause of morbidity among young children, resulting annually in loss of billions of dollars of income and thousands of man-hours. Increasing life expectancies around the world generally meant that periodontal disease and teeth loss are likely to continue contributing to causes of decreased quality of life in older individuals in many countries.

Advances in emergency medical care and neonatal healthcare meant that children born with congenital defects and/or serious genetic disorders now have a greater chance than before of surviving into adulthood. It is therefore a professional obligation of the oral healthcare professionals to be prepared to provide the level of oral care that assures these individuals the level of oral healthcare required for satisfactory quality of life. Similarly, advances in surgical techniques have also led to significant achievements in maxillofacial surgery and orthodontics. Therefore, oral health caregivers must be part of any team that provides either surgical care or post-surgical and orthodontic rehabilitation of patients in any setting.

Advances in materials science and pharmacology have also provided healthcare providers several new materials and medications that find a variety of applications in the oral sciences. The extension of technological advances from industry to the dental practice, spearheaded during the development of dental adhesives, is being felt in all fields of dentistry today. Whether it is the application of advances in metallurgy to the design of dental implants or the application of advanced composite technology used in aircraft to dental restorations, dental practice has become a web of many inter-related sciences. In this context, oral sciences can be defined as a combination of sciences, both basic and applied, that contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of the biology of the oral cavity in health and disease.

Research is no longer an activity confined to distant or secluded laboratories. Rather it is an instrument of change that investigators master, use, and apply to improve clinical practice. Modern advances in statistical software, combined with the connectivity that the internet currently offers, have simplified the collection and application of secondary data such as systematic reviews and meta-analyses. The oral health professional of today is therefore expected to clearly understand the physiology and biology of the oral cavity, to study the impact of diseases on its biophysiology, and to be aware of advances in materials techniques and medications available to treat diseases affecting it.

One of the enunciated aims of Saudi Journal of Oral Sciences is to integrate research outcomes from the basic oral sciences, clinical oral sciences, epidemiology, dental education, and materials science and present the reader with a quality collection of literature from many countries. This was demonstrated in our first issue which published articles from more than five different countries. The journal is equally committed to promoting research in oral sciences within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We recognize that in order to meet the oral health challenges of the 21 st century, the oral health professional must be willing to embrace solutions from across specialties and integrate them to obtain the best possible solutions. This journal has the vision to serve as a platform for the dissemination of peer-reviewed scientific research that should stimulate oral health professionals both within Saudi Arabia and abroad.

While thanking you for the warm response that has greeted the publication of the first issue, we hope that in the years to come, the journal will grow into a scientific platform for the integration of technical advances and innovative solutions, which should appeal to generations of scientists, researchers, and clinicians alike.




 

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