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(File pix) The Malaysian Dental Association (MDA) has welcomed the first reading of the Dental Bill 2017 in the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday. Pix by Nik Hariff Hassan

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Dental Association (MDA) has welcomed the first reading of the Dental Bill 2017 in the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday.

MDA President Dr Ng Woan Tyng hopes that the regulations stipulated under the new bill will not contain undue limitations to the practice of dentistry or restrict their vision and mission to provide holistic oral health care services to the general public.

“Thus the professional ability of general dentists to practice dentistry as they deem fit will be respected and protected,” he said in a statement today.

He said any clause that limits the freedom of practice of dentistry by the general dentist will reduce the accessibility of many dental procedures to the general public especially in the rural areas, resulting in monopolies driving up prices for the rakyat and may cause less informed members of the public to resort to illegal dentistry that will endanger their health.

On another note, Dr Ng said the MDA hopes that dental practitioners will be given sufficient time to adapt to and comply with the new regulations.

“Applications for the Annual Practising Certificate (APC) by dental practitioners must be accompanied by continuing professional development (CPD) points and evidence of professional indemnity,” he said.

Dr Ng said through this regulations, the practitioners are expected to maintain and/or further their expertise through ongoing training throughout the course of their careers.

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