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Dear Colleagues,
It is a pleasure to write a foreword for the first issue of “Dimensions in Oral Health Therapy,
Singapore”, a publication for all Oral Health professionals. This inaugural edition showcases the
expertise in research and development of the students of the Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Therapy,
Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore.
The publication is one strategy in the “Integration of Oral Health Therapists” framework designed
and driven by the Association of Oral Health Therapists and its advisors. The framework aims to
successfully create a high level of acceptance, demand and dependency on OHTs leading to the
establishment of the OHT brand and trust in the profession.
In the following articles, you will see how our final year students have developed skills to holistically
apply the knowledge gained during their training at a high level. The students are to be commended
for the amount of enthusiasm, foresight and energy displayed during the year long projects on which
they worked. These young people are the OHTs of the future and they have a lot to contribute to their
I look forward to watching this publication develop into a communication vehicle between OHTs,
become an avenue for the reporting of research and contribute to the growing knowledge within the
field of oral health. I also look forward to the following articles leaving the astute reader with more
questions, pursuing answers and reporting more findings.
Thank You.

Dr. Anshad Ansari
Course Manager & Senior Lecturer, Diploma in Dental Hygiene & Therapy, Nanyang Polytechnic.
Advisor, Association for Oral Health Therapists Singapore
Secretariat, Oral Health Therapy Advisory Committee, Singapore Dental Council.
Member, Oral Health Therapy Advisory Panel, School of Health Science, Nanyang Polytechnic