Vision and Aims
Optimal oral health for all infants, children, adolescents and persons with special needs.
- Promote oral health and well being of the children of South Africa by facilitating continuing education, courses, seminars and congresses, by promoting outreach projects and by distributing educational material to the public
- Stimulate enthusiasm amongst colleagues to continually strive for excellence in Paedodontics
- Promote education and research in Paedodontics
- Foster the preventative and therapeutic practice of the discipline
- Provide dentists with the latest and most up to date information on paedodontic treatment modalities and materials
- Seek affiliation with similar international organisations
- Undertake service projects which will benefit children of defined communities
- Strive to get the practice of Paedodontics recognised as a speciality by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and to assist in establishing an appropriate curriculum at the various tertiary academic institutions.
The Paedodontic Society of South Africa has come a long way. It was started in 1980 by a group of young dentists who were genuinely interested in the welfare of their patients, intent on practicing the gold standard of dentistry and maintaining the high reputation of South African Dentists among the international community. Proudly a number of these dentists, namely. Tony Widmonte, Geoff Melman and Prof Sid Setzer are still on the committee today.