เราออกไปรับเพื่อนที่สนามบินแล้วพาไปทานข้าว กลับมาเปิดเมลอีกครั้งปรากฎว่ามีคนคิดเหมือนเราและเมลตอบคุณ JK ได้ครบรส โดนใจเรามาจนเราเขียนขอบคุุณว่า you spoke my mind! Thank you Brenda!
--- We are in the Faculty of Dentistry,
however we are also in the Department of Oral and Biological Sciences.
I would argue that "dentistry" is a broad term which does not designate
any particular stream or theme of study. "Oral" on the other hand
reflects the area of the body in which we are focused in our research
whether that be in dental material sciences, public health,
implantology, OMS, oral biosciences etc. The methodology of our
research, whether that be qualitative or quantitative is irrelevant as
there can be a combination of both of these methodologies in all areas
of our research.
"Oral" is an accepted term globally, as is evident from reading the current literature and is certainly reflective of the language used in the Global Goals for Oral Health 2020 document. This is a document that is meant for use by all oral health professionals globally as a first step in the process of evaluating the current status of oral health and then setting goals and objectives to meet these goals. The goals set out by WHO are based on the current classfications of diseases and the terminology used is in keeping with the widely accepted use of the term "oral" as it pertains to oral heath, oral disease etc.
"Oral" most certainly is recognized by other health disciplines, it is used extensively in the literature, and since the trend is toward a more collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to healthcare, including oral health, I would suggest that it is important that the "oral" designation should be part of our degree. On this basis, I would argue that term "dental" is meaningless outside organized dentistry as it is too broad.
Additionally, "Oral Health",as opposed to "dental health" is the term used in our Canadian funding agency's document, CIHR's Blueprint for Health Research and Innovation: Investing in Canada's Future and is also used in the just recently published Canadian Oral Health Strategy document.
The term "oral" also seems to be recognized by international education institutions as well. A quick search on the internet revealed that the University of Hong Kong for example offers PhD studies in areas such as Oral Rehabilitation, Oral Biosciences within the Faculty of Dentistry.
It is my vote that, in keeping with the times, we update and include the term "oral" in our degree whether that be a PhD in Biomedical and Oral Health Sciences or
PhD in Oral Biomedical Sciences or PhD in Oral Health Sciences.
Respectfully yours, ------