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Inauguration Ceremony of the Bangladesh Dental Research Foundation (BDRF): Elevating Dental Research and Care in Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Dental Research Foundation (BDRF) recently celebrated its grand inauguration ceremony on 25th November 2023 at Hotel Westin, Dhaka, ushering in a transformative era in dental research and healthcare. The event, attended by dental professionals, dignitaries, and esteemed guests, showcased the foundation's commitment to advancing dental education, research, and community health.

The ceremony commenced with the official unveiling of BDRF, symbolizing its dedication to pioneering research, education, and collaboration in dentistry. Dr. Abdullah al Masud Khan, one of the visionary founders of BDRF, shared his journey and aspirations, emphasizing the foundation's commitment to excellence, ethics, and innovation.

In an interactive setting, attendees gained insights into BDRF’s ambitious future plans, which include expanding dental research initiatives, enhancing education, improving oral health in underserved communities, and fostering global collaboration. Moreover, BDRF continues to spearhead dental research advancements by awarding research grants to four pioneering projects. Led by esteemed researchers, these projects aim to address critical gaps in dental knowledge, improve oral health outcomes, and revolutionize dental practices across the country.

1) Preparedness for Teledentistry: A Cross-Sectional Study Among Diverse Youth in Bangladesh.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Osama Bin Noor

Focuses on the readiness and perspective of diverse youth towards Teledentistry, contributing to better oral health outcomes by leveraging digital technologies.

2) Comparison of Positional Accuracy in Dental Implant Placement.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Md. Al-Amin Sarkar

Compares positional accuracy between full-guided and guide-pin-assisted dental implant surgeries, utilizing 3D printing technology to enhance precision.

3) Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice Among Female Household Workers.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Adily Adib Khan

Addresses the gap in current research, focusing on understanding knowledge, attitude, and practices related to oral hygiene among female household workers in Dhaka city.

4) The Effect of Blood Clot as Scaffold on Apical Root Formation.

Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr Labuda Sultana

Explores the regenerative potential of blood clots as a scaffold for apical root formation in young permanent teeth.

In a ground-breaking move, Dr. Khan introduced the "70/20 Dental Health Campaign for Bangladesh" for the first time in the country. This initiative, operated under BDRF, aims to promote and improve dental health and overall well-being among the people of Bangladesh. The campaign sets a goal for individuals to maintain a minimum of 20 natural teeth until the age of 70, ensuring a healthier and more fulfilling life. It draws inspiration from the success of the 8020 Promotion Foundation in Japan and will follow their guidelines. He presented the project plan with a powerful slogan, "Oral Health Matters" emphasizing the significance of prioritizing dental well-being for a healthier and more fulfilling life.

BDRF's dedication to fostering innovation, disseminating knowledge, and driving collaboration positions it as a key player in advancing oral health and well-being for the people of Bangladesh.

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