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Editor's Letter

Nov 2009 — Vol. 3, Iss. 5

From the Editor-in-Chief

Noshir R. Mehta, BDS, MDS, DMD, MS

Dear dental colleagues,
Through the practice of minimally invasive dentistry, oral healthcare providers endeavor first to assess, prevent, and control oral diseases, and then apply techniques that restore function with minimal tissue loss. This concept is part of our expanding role in healthcare—we are no longer simply treating the symptoms of disease, but actively partnering with the patient for optimal results with minimal intervention.

One aspect of practicing minimally invasive dentistry is making evidence-based decisions and employing the most effective products for the situation. Our first continuing dental education (CDE) article explores this model with “The Material Science of Minimally Invasive Esthetic Restorations.” The authors discuss the benefits of composite resin and glass-ionomer restorative materials in relation to the goals of minimally invasive dentistry: achieving the best possible esthetic results while preserving tooth structure and preventing disease.

Our second CDE article discusses additional opportunities for dentists to take an active role—expanding our focus beyond the patient to include the greater ecosystem. “Biomedical and Dental Waste Management” details the many processes required to ensure biosafety in the dental practice and to protect the environment from biomedical waste contamination.

As the official publication of the Dental Council of India (DCI), Dentistry India is pleased to provide continuing dental education (CDE) articles. Through this peer-reviewed journal, our readers have an accessible, free method of earning CDE credits that are accepted and recognized by the DCI. These credits may be achieved by successfully completing the tests located on our web site at You may also sign up for your free subscription there.

On behalf of the DCI and the board of Dentistry India, I invite your comments and submissions to this publication and look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your continuing support.


Noshir R. Mehta, BDS, MDS, DMD, MS
Professor and Chairman
Department of General Dentistry

Craniofacial Pain Center

Associate Dean
International Relations
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Boston, Massachusetts

Dentistry India