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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1
Dear friends in FODI

Prof and Head of the Department, PSM Dental College, Thrissur, India

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Date of Web Publication11-May-2011

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Pradeep C V. Dear friends in FODI. J Conserv Dent 2011;14:1

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Pradeep C V. Dear friends in FODI. J Conserv Dent [serial online] 2011 [cited 2023 Mar 21];14:1. Available from:
I am extremely proud and privileged to address you as the president of FODI. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart, for having elevated me to this prestigious post. Earlier operative dentistry solely comprised clinical practice, however today many of the areas previously included under it have become specialty areas. As the professionals gained more information, the need for more complex treatment was recognized in areas such as endodontics, prosthodontics and orthododntics. Much of the knowledge and many of the techniques of the first successful tooth restoration were developed in the United States. However, much of the practice of dentistry during the founding years was not based on scientific knowledge and there were disputes regarding treatment techniques and materials. Despite the fact that we have advanced techniques, materials, equipments and knowhow in the field of conservative dentistry, many of us are reluctant to focus our attention on this field. We need to address this situation in our highest body.

Metaphorically and literally, we work in small spaces. Our professional expertise is focused in one small area of the human body and we end up with working in physically confined surroundings as well. Hence we are all faced with lot of stressful situations. All the factors which contribute have a cumulative effect and lead to alarming situations. The professional is faced with anxiety disorders and even leads to professional burnout, which exerts its own psychological as well as physiologic effects. We need to think in this regard too. We need to help our professional colleagues to be relieved of the varied stressful situations. We in FODI will strive hard to make our fellow professionals stress-free.

Wishing you all a wonderful and stress-free year ahead.

Yours in FODI

Correspondence Address:
C V Pradeep
Prof and Head of the Department, PSM Dental College, Thrissur
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-0707.80720

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