Young Austrian periodontists enjoy informative and exciting meeting
One of the sessions at the Paroknowledge Youngsters meeting in Linz
The annual Paroknowledge Youngsters meeting organised by the Youngster committee of the Austrian Society of Periodontology took place in Linz on March 2 and 3, with a lively three-part programme.
The main part of the two-day event, held at the Ars Electronica Center alongside the Danube river, focused on non-surgical periodontal therapy.
Magda Mensi, professor of periodontology, oral surgery, and implantology at the Dental and Hygiene School of the University of Brescia, gave a lecture entitled “Save the teeth! How to treat periodontitis and maintain a healthy status – Tradition versus innovation!”
Swiss dental hygienists Monika Süsstrunk and Christine Bischof gave a workshop on hand instruments for non-surgical periodontal treatment and a lecture on oral-hygiene measures.
Hady Haririan (School of Dentistry in Vienna and the Austrian Society of Periodontology’s EFP delegate) talked about the prospects of chair-side tests in periodontology, while Kristina Bertl (University of Malmö and the Austrian Society of Periodontology’s EuroPerio9 ambassador) discussed the possibilities of non-surgical periodontal treatment and factors that might influence treatment outcomes.
Dr Bertl also gave a second lecture, on non-antibiotic adjuncts to scaling and root planing, standing in for Norbert Cionca (University of Geneva), who was unable to give his planned lecture on adjunctive modalities for non-surgical periodontal therapy because of travel problems caused by heavy snow at Geneva airport.
The second subject covered at the Paroknowledge Youngsters event was personnel management. Krista Strauss, director of medical device manufacturer Zimmer Biomet in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria gave a seminar on leadership skills, while tax consultant Roman Weiß gave the young dentists and periodontists some tips about the Austrian tax system.
The third area was called “Youngsters & Art” and featured action painting (with the resulting pictures sold by auction and proceeds given to the Dentist The World non-profit organisation) and the Deep Space 8K exhibition at the Ars Electronica Center.
The event was fully booked, with 90 participants including the organising committee, guests from Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Morocco, and industry representatives.