February 2020 meeting minutes

The fifth meeting of the 2019/ 2020 session was held in Lecture Theatre 2 of GDH on Tuesday 18th February 2020 commencing at 7pm.

The President, Dr William McLean, welcomed the members and guests to the meeting.

The minutes of the previous meeting, published online were approved.

Under AOCB the President reminded members that to get CPD for the meetings they have to sign in giving their contact email address, without this CPD certificates cannot be sent out.

He informed the members that The Society now has a number of social media platforms and can be followed on: twitter, facebook, and instagram.

He reminded the audience that the Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday 22nd February 2020 in the RCPS Glasgow. Dress code: Black Tie.  There are restricted numbers. The proceedings of the raffle are going to the GOHISS – Glasgow Oral Health Improvement Student Society which is a group of 3rd to 5th Year Dental Students who give preventative advice and dental supplies to patients who may not always have had a positive experience with dentistry. He asked members to bring a raffle prize with them on the night.

He then thanked Professor Jeremy Bagg for inviting him to be President, on behalf of the Society.

He explained that he had hoped to talk about open water swimming but had decided to talk about his research interests: stem cells and regeneration in relation to infection and endodontics. He discussed the burden of chronic disease; the theories of focal infection: past and present and the inflammatory process.

He discussed the evidence of periodontal disease and systemic disease and how the evidence for endodontic disease compared.

He concluded by reminding the audience that dental infections are bad for teeth and patients, poor quality endodontic treatment is detrimental to health and may link to morbidity. Good endodontic treatment eliminates infection and is good for health therefore endodontic treatment should be of the highest quality. The President was happy to answer questions. He reminded the audience of a date for the diary 2024: IFEA World Endodontic Congress, 11-14 September 2024 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Mr Roddy Black gave the vote of thanks. He thanked Dr McLean for his very interesting presentation, knowledge and clinical skills. He then asked the audience to thank the speaker in the usual manner.

The next meeting, the AGM, is on Tuesday 17th March 2020 and will be held in Lecture Theatre 2 of GDH. It is entitled: “Chief of Dentistry for NHS GGC….moving forward together” and will be given by the Mr Lee Savarrio, Chief of Dentistry for NHS GGC.