In the interest of public health safety and welfare, competing professions have an obligation to make a significant contribution to the community by reinforcing and supporting each other's roles. Dentists care for and conserve natural teeth, and prevent and treat diseases of the mouth. Denturists, on the other hand, have an explicitly defined role in terms of construction, fitting, patient aftercare and care of dentures. Let us move forward together, in a spirit of mutual respect, to champion the only real cause worth tackling, that of the dental health and well being of our communities.
Appreciation to George Brown College, Toronto, for their assistance in developing this article. For reprints, please contact International Federation of Denturists. © IFD 2002
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