On 6th September 2018, Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry organised a CDE programme on “Oral Microbiome” which had an umbrella view on oral microbial flora. This program was one of its kind which exclusively dealt with the least explored  flora. The oral microbiome is the complex ecosystem of the microbes inhabiting the human oral cavity which harbours several thousands of microorganisms giving rise to diverse health conditions. Over 80 participants from across the South Indian states attended the programme.The delegates included both graduates and post graduates 

The CDE programme was enriched with guest speakers who were from various fields of dentistry.The first speaker for the day was Dr Mogit Gupta , Reader of the Department of Oral medicine and Radiology , who gave an introductory lecture on Oral Microbiome.

In the inauguration ceremony ,Dr.Emg Subramanian gave a welcome address which was followed by the lighting of kuthuvillaku by  guest speakers and the Heads of various departments .It was completed with Vote of Thanks by Dr.G.Deepa

This was followed by Dr Asha Ramesh , Senior lecturer of the Department of Periodontics gave a periodontal perspective to the topic. The keynote speaker, Dr Gulcan Unsal ,faculty of  the Department of Pedodontics in Istanbul university highlighted the relationship of oral microbiome with early childhood caries. Dr Gulcan shared her research topics which provided an insight to all the dentists and the budding dentists for their career in the future .This lecture has opened up the minds of the delegates to pursue research with oral microbiome.

Dr V Rakshagan, faculty in the Department of Prosthodontics  , laid emphasis on influence of dental prosthesis on oral microbiome and measures to be taken to maintain a good oral hygiene with those infra oral prosthesis.

Dr Gifrina Jayaraj , Reader of the Department of Oral Pathology, gave insights of microbial flora in medically compromised children. She highlighted how medically compromised children are unable to maintain effective oral hygiene and how the oral microbiome present in their oral cavity has adverse effects on their health.

During the lecture the participants and guest speakers had an interactive session where they shared opinions, thoughts and suggestions. The participants were enriched by the wisdom of the eminent speakers. The CDE programme received an overall  good response which was assessed on the basis of feedback forms given to the participants . Take home message was that knowledge has to be shared which would benefit everyone and be for the larger good for mankind.

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