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South Africa
oral hygiene practices
substance use disorders

Substance Use Disorders and Oral Health

Part II - Substance Use Disorders and Oral Health

ISSUP South Africa presents its two part webinar series on Substance Use Disorders and Oral Health 


Part I of the webinar presents a basic lecture on oral health and its effect on quality of life. Part II explores the effects of substance use on oral health: Dr. Smit examines the oral health issues experienced by individuals with substance use disorder.

Learning Outcomes 

The Oral health and oral-health-related quality of life:

  • Understanding the basic components of good oral health.
  • Understanding how oral health affects quality of life.
  • Maintaining good oral health.

The effects of substance use on oral health:

Intended audience:

  • Practitioners, professionals and support staff with a special interest in Substance use disorder


Dirk Smit 
Associate Prof University of the Western Cape

Dirk Smit is a dentist (2006) and a specialist (2014) in Community Dentistry at the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). He has been chair of the Department of Community Dentistry since January 2020 and has 15 years of experience as a lecturer after proven research and mentorship for under- and post-graduate students in an academic and clinical environment. Other qualifications include certificates in Clinical Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Health Management and Medical Ethics and Law. He is the honorary secretary of the South African Dental Association (SADA) in Western Cape, an Executive member of the WHO Collaborating Centre for South Africa and serves on the Bio-Medical Research Ethics Committee of UWC. He is currently completing his PhD thesis titled: “Oral Health-related Quality of Life, dental status and treatment needs of people with substance use disorder.”



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