Workshop on “Oral Health Care Support Project in Antarctic” held
On September 13th 2016, TMDU and National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR) held a Workshop on “Oral Health Care Support Project in Antarctic” at TMDU. From Syowa Station in Antarctic, medical doctors also participated through telecommunication system.
TMDU offers oral health care support project to Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition in partnership with NIPR from 2013. Dental examination before expedition, dental training program for attending medical doctors and consultation using telecommunication system in case of oral health problems occur in Antarctic. Because an expedition team includes two medical doctors, but no dentists. There are many countries’ bases in Antarctic, but this unique dental support project is conducted only in Japan by TMDU dental team.
In the workshop, dentists at TMDU and medical doctors at Syowa base reported their activities and discussed future needs and prospects of oral health care in pole environment with audience.