NSW - Smiling for Life: A Roadmap from Birth to Golden Years

Join us for a full day event as we cover everything from birth through to elderly patient care.


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Featuring speakers:

  • Dr Avanti Karve
    • Mindful Dental Care for Medically Complex and Older Patients: Navigating the Intersection of Body and Mind
  • Dr Kareen Mekertichian 
    • The first 1000 days – building strong foundations and guidance for parents in developing optimal oral care
  • Dr Ehsan Mellati
    • Hopeless Prognosis: Is There Such a Thing?
  • Dr Jad Clark 
    • Effective Behavior Management and Hypomineralised Molars in Paediatric Dentistry
  • Dr Laura Blackmore
    • Cracked teeth


CPD Hours: 6 hours Scientific

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Our event hand hygiene products and masks are kindly sponsored by Erskine Oral Care.


Lecture Synopsis:

Hopeless Prognosis: Is There Such a Thing? - Dr Ehsan Mellati

The lecture is an overview of important factors in the decision-making process to determine whether a periodontally compromised tooth can be salvaged or not.

Dr Ehsan Mellati

Dr Ehsan Mellati is a periodontist in private practice in Sydney and the founder of the state-of-the-art Precision Periodontics in Chatswood. His practice is restricted to periodontics and implant dentistry. He is an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at Sydney University and is also involved in teaching/mentorship at several Periodontics and Dental Implant related graduate programs. Ehsan received the prestigious ITI grant for his postgraduate thesis focusing on the healing of hard and soft tissues around immediate implants. He has published several articles in well-respected international journals and has been actively involved in presenting lectures, running CPD events, and teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students and overseas-trained dentists. He is an active member of the International Team for Implantology, Australian Dental Association, Australian Society of Periodontology, and Australian and New Zealand Academy of Periodontists.

Cracked teeth - Dr Laura Blackmore

“Cracked teeth” is one of the most potentially confusing and misunderstood topics in dentistry. Cracks can represent a weakness in the tooth structure, and are also a pathway for bacteria to enter the tooth, which in turn causes the tooth to become symptomatic and potentially requires treatment. This lecture will help you to identify when a tooth is at risk of progressing from a crack to a fracture, understand the treatment options when a tooth is at risk of fracturing and potential sequelae, recognise symptoms that patients may experience with a cracked tooth and understand and identify when to refer to a dentist for further assessment and treatment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define cracks and fractures and differentiate between them
  • Identify when a tooth is at risk of fracturing
  • Understand the potential prognosis and sequelae of cracked and fractured teeth and possible treatment options
  • Recognise symptoms that patients may experience with a cracked or fractured tooth
  • Understand and identify when to refer to a dentist for treatment

Dr Laura Blackmore

Dr Laura Blackmore currently works in private practice on Sydney’s Northern Beaches full time. Dr Laura is a highly accomplished dental professional with a passion for providing exceptional dental care to patients of all ages. Graduating at the top of her class as a Dental Hygienist from the University of Newcastle in 2015, she received the prestigious Faculty of Health Sciences Medal and the Colgate Prize for her outstanding performance as a final-year student. Driven by her dedication to the field, Dr Laura continued her academic journey at Charles Sturt University, where she completed her Bachelor of Dental Science in 2020 and was honoured with the Dean’s Award for maintaining a Distinction average.

As a member of the Australian Dental Association, Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, and the Australian Society of Periodontology, Dr Laura brings invaluable expertise to her practice. Her diverse experience includes working in specialist periodontal, prosthodontic and holistic/functional dental practices.


Dr Jad Clarke

Jad graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Sydney in 2001. After nine years working in general practice in Wollongong and Sydney, he returned to the University to complete Specialist Paediatric Dentistry training. He holds positions as Staff Specialist, Dept. of Paediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics at Westmead Centre for Oral Health; Senior Visiting Dental Specialist at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Wagga Wagga Base Hospital; and is a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sydney and University of New South Wales. Jad has over 10 years experience in Paediatric Dentistry and is a strong advocate for integrating child dental care into a broader health care management plan. He is highly experienced in working with children with additional needs and dental anxiety, and in treating dental emergencies and trauma.

Registration Prices

  Early Bird  Regular Pricing 
 DHAA members - $220 $250
 DHAA Student members -    $125
 ADOHTA members -    $312.50
 Non members -    $450

Early bird registration closes on the 12th of June 2023.

22/07/2023 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
AUS Eastern Standard Time
Pullman Hyde Park 36 College Street Sydney, NSW 2000 AUSTRALIA

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