Substance Use Disorders and Oral Health

Cape Town, South Africa,
ISSUP SA webinar

ISSUP South Africa cordially invites you to join its upcoming two part webinar series on Substance Use Disorders and Oral Health 

This will be a two-day, two-part webinar.

Register for both webinars


First Session: Wednesday, 22nd May at 2:00 PM South Africa Time | 1:00 PM UK Time.

The Oral health and oral-health-related quality of life: The first session of the webinar will include a basic lecture on oral health and effect on quality of life

Second Session: Thursday, 23rd May at 2:00 PM South Africa Time | 1:00 PM UK Time.

The effects of substance use on oral health: In the second session, we will explore the oral health effects 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.”



Webinars and online events delivered and hosted by the International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP) are provided for informational purposes only. They are educational in nature and do not constitute medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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