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“I’m an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon !”. “Oral …” what ??!!??

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Most struggle with the difficult semantics of the word and have not heard of it … Interestingly, you might have been seen or treated by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon without even you realising it or knowing it !

When a dentist is faced with a difficult tooth that requires to be removed, the ‘specialist’ who is called to carry out the procedure … that person is the “Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon”. But that is not all that we do.

Let me break it up for you semantically, before I venture into more details.

“Oral” is pretty obvious and so I am going to skip to the next – “Maxillofacial”. #Maxillofacial is a compound word consisting of “Maxilla” (upper jaw bone) and “Facial” (relating to face). So my work relates to problems of the “maxilla” and of the “face”. “Orofacial” is again a compound word derived from joining “Oro” (related to oral cavity) and “Facial”.
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Happy OMS Day: AOMSI and IAOMS both celebrate 13th February as OMS Day!

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Two years ago the then President of AOMSI, Dr. (Mrs.) Neelam Andrade (my teacher and guide) declared 13th of February to be celebrated as Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon’s (OMS) day. Interestingly this year, IAOMS has declared the Inaugural International OMS day on 13th of February, 2015.

AOMSI, has campaigned for a theme on “Road Safety” and named it “Face it”, for this year. IAOMS has taken initiatives to honour oral and maxillofacial surgeons all over the world and has also come up with a “Photo Contest”.

As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and an ardent lover of the art of speech, I was enthusiastic to spend some time with the young on this sensitive topic. I chose an educational institution in the suburban area. I could only get permission for 12th February and so I arranged for the talk on that day.

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