Edinburgh dentist Yann Maidment has marked the end of his tenure at the helm of the oldest dental society in Europe by announcing details of the group’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
The Royal Odonto Chirurgical Society of Scotland (ROCSS), which is also one of the oldest dental society’s in the world, was founded in 1867 and has recently welcomed its 108th president in the form of Aberdeen dental dean Professor Richard Ibbetson.
Outgoing president Maidment, who owns and runs Stafford Street Dental Care with his wife Gilly, explained that the society has always existed to “promote the highest ethical professional standards in dental surgery”. He continued: “The ROCSS is also about promoting the practice of dental science as a branch of medicine – in other words, bringing the mouth back into the body as part of the health and wellbeing of patients. This is entirely in accord with contemporary thinking and practice, which endeavours to integrate the practice of dentistry and the training of new generations of practitioners with other disciplines, as part of a truly holistic approach to health.”
The anniversary celebrations will begin next March with a full-day international scientific meeting and the society’s annual dinner.