February 9 is a very special day for dentists. It celebrates the festivity of Santa Apolonia, a Christian martyr from the XNUMXrd century AD who was tortured with the violent extraction of all her teeth before dying at the stake. That is why she is considered the patron saint of Dentistry.
Fortunately, today, we have many reasons for celebration in our degree that have nothing to do with the martyrdom suffered by Saint Apollonia.
An example is the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future Global Virtual Summit (ACFF), which was held in October 2021. This global non-profit organization was created in 2010 to raise awareness and fight dental caries by promoting clinical and public health actions, through an international network of dental experts . In the case of Spain, The ACFF was launched in the context of the SESPO 2019 (Spanish Society of Epidemiology and Oral Public Health) meeting, and is actively working to bring together initiatives across the country to focus the necessary resources to ensure that caries prevention is up to date. the forefront within the Spanish dental scene. The 2021 Virtual Summit explored the landscape of caries and caries prevention in a post-COVID world with leading global oral health experts.
Another piece of good news in our fight against caries and in improving the training that our degree students receive is the publication of the Teaching curriculum of Cariology for undergraduate studies in Dentistry in Spain. This curriculum is a teaching tool that has been prepared by the Spanish Society of Conservative and Aesthetic Dentistry (SEOC) together with the Spanish Society of Pediatric Dentistry (SEOP) and the Spanish Society of Epidemiology and Oral Public Health (SESPO) together with the European Organization for Caries Research (ORCA). Also It has had the expert collaboration of professors from the Spanish universities in which the Dentistry degree is taught. On the part of the URJC, the Dr. Laura Ceballos García and Dr. María Victoria Fuentes Fuentes, have been part of this group that created the Cariology Curriculum. This curriculum addresses, in addition to dental caries, other alterations of dental hard tissues, whose differential diagnosis with carious lesions must be able to recognize the Dentistry student.
The Dentistry degree comprises around 10.000 students throughout Spain, distributed in 23 faculties, ensuring oral health coverage of the entire national territory in the future. Our students improve their knowledge and skills every year, always based on the forefront of teaching and research in Dentistry and following the consensus reached worldwide in our field. All this constitutes an important achievement for a degree whose journey, as we know it, began after the entry of Spain into the European Union, standardizing the training with that of the rest of the member states and creating the five-year Dentistry degree. in 1986. We hope that Santa Apolonia continues to inspire and guide us so that we can continue providing the excellence and dedication to the profession that we want to transmit to our students.
Written by: Nuria Isabel Notary Mediavilla. Hired Professor Doctor. Disc. of Nursing and Stomatology. Stomatology area.