Scientific Program

Conference Series Ltd invites all the participants across the globe to attend World Congress on Oral Care and Dentistry Cape Town, South Africa.

Day 2 :

Keynote Forum

Soraya Yasin Harnekar

University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Keynote: Challenges in breaching oral health care
Conference Series Dental Oralcare 2018 International Conference Keynote Speaker Soraya Yasin Harnekar photo

Dr Soraya Yasin Harnekar is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of the Western Cape. She graduated with her BChD,  MSc (Paediatric Dentistry)  and PDD(Interceptive Orthodontics)  from the University of the Western Cape. She also obtained a Diploma in Business Administration. Held various  positions within the faculty including Head of Department of Paediatric Dentistry and  Deputy Dean Clinical. Presented various lectures at local, national and international conferences. Most of my research has been operational and clinically orientated, self initiated or  as  part of a team. Held the position of president of the South African Division of IADR. Also an active member of the Paedodontic Society of South Africa and currently involved in getting it recognized as a speciality. 



  • Scientific Sessions: Orthodontics & Prosthodontics | Oral Cancer | Oral Microbiology | Dental Treatment and Medicines | Geriatric Dentistry | Dental Stem Cells | Dental Implant


Shalin Vinayak

New York University College of Dentistry, USA

Session Introduction

Madiha Anwar

Bahria University Medical and Dental College, Pakistan

Title: Awareness of Oral Cancer among undergraduate students

Dr. Madiha Anwar (Second Author & Corresponding Author)


Bahria University Medical and Dental College



Background & Aim: Pakistan has a high rate of incidence of oral cancer. In Pakistan, betel nut, betel quid and tobacco are found to be the most important causative agents of oral cancer. Timely detection and diagnosis of oral cancers makes them more responsive to treatments, consequently decreasing mortality rate and increasing the prognosis rate. The study aims to evaluate knowledge and understanding of causes, clinical appearance of oral cancer among undergraduate dental and medical students and to identify the changes and improvements required in the teaching strategies.


Method: A cross-sectional survey was done among 400 medical and dental undergraduate students of Bahria Medical and Dental University. The tool used to evaluate awareness of oral cancer was a self-administered questionnaire modified from Carter to Odgen. The data that was collected was analyzed by SPSS software (v-16) to calculate mean descriptive and percentages of the awareness about causes and early signs of oral cancer among undergraduate students.


Result: Students of dentistry were significantly more habitual of examining the oral mucosa than medical students. Betel nut chewing and tobacco were the commonly identifies risk factors causal agents. Non-healing ulcer was recognized as the common clinical change pertaining to oral cancer. Out of all students only 6% were found to be very well informed.


Conclusion: This study indicates an upgradation of the curriculum. Moreover, awareness programs and campaigns for oral cancer should be held periodically to enhance the awareness of undergraduate students.




Bulela Vava is a Dentist with 4 years’ experience in public sector working in rural South Africa. He has completed his Post-Graduate Diploma in Community Dentistry and has volunteer experience in healthcare advocacy. He is currently an Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity in South Africa.



South Africa’s history of segregation and discrimination has had a profound effect on its citizens. The current challenges facing the country are linked to its apartheid history. The socio-economic and present spatial design reflects this history and play out in both urban and rural contexts. While the impact of colonialism, apartheid and their resultant effects on the health of South African population have been highly researched, there is little to, no mention of the impact of these on oral health. According to the World Bank, 37% of the South African population is categorized as rural. Rural living is characterized by and associated with poor access to basic amenities like water and sanitation, healthcare services and transport, to name a few. Access to oral healthcare services is limited, with a large proportion of this care is provided by the state in rural communities and limited largely to the relief of pain and sepsis. The quality of and access to oral health services is determined along socio-economic lines. The country’s shift towards radical health policies indicate that the country is ready to find innovative solutions to its health crisis. These developments offer an opportunity to develop solutions and further bridge the oral health access gap for rural communities. The modern rural economy offers untapped potential for oral health professionals. Additional research is needed to explore the potential of the rural economy while carefully navigating its inherent challenges, but this can no longer wait as the demand for services sores with migration into, population and the economic uptake of rural communities.



Dr. Shalin Vinayak graduated with a DMD from Southwestern University and has further undergone full time specialist training in implant dentistry at New York University College of Dentistry. He currently works in a private practice in Nairobi with an emphasis on surgical and prosthetic reconstruction using dental implants. In addition, he maintains a keen interest in academia and research and is an associate editor of the Online Journal of Dentistry and Oral Health. Over the past couple of years, he has presented lectures at various meetings in North America, Middle East and Africa as well as having published 2 articles on dental implants. He has been recognized as a Member of the Faculty of Dentistry (RCSI), a Diplomate of the ICOI, Fellow of the ICD,  MINEC Knight Class of 2018 and is an active member of the Academy of Osseointegration and American Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry.



Take your implantology to the next level with this hands-on workshop covering the advanced implantology techniques of Guided Bone Regeneration (GBR) and sinus augmentation. This course covers scientific and clinical rationale for case selection, treatment planning and techniques to allow for implant placement into atrophic ridges. Particular emphasis will be given on incision design and soft tissue management to improve surgical outcomes. Participants will each place an implant into an atrophic dummy ridge and learn how to achieve a high primary stability in limited bone. Participants will also fixate a membrane and augment a bone substitute to cover the dehisced implant. Finally, participants will create an osseous window to access the maxillary sinus and practice the techniques of sinus augmentation through direct and indirect approaches with simultaneous implant placement. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to identify cases that require augmentation using GBR or sinus lift, treatment plan these cases and perform these techniques in a predictable manner.