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Changhua dentist takes first prize at Dental Olympics

By Tang Shih-ming and William Hetherington  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

A Changhua dentist brought Taiwanese dentistry into the spotlight after winning first prize at an international competition held in Germany earlier this year.

Chang Han-ming (張漢明), who runs a clinic in Changhua County’s Huatan Township (花壇), won the Dental Olympics international dentistry competition in Germany.

Chang beat competitors from China’s Peking University and dentistry schools in the US and Europe.

After winning the competition, Chang told attendees: “I am from Taiwan.”

The event, hosted by dentistry products maker Bego and now in its second year, was attended by dentists from several hundred clinics worldwide.

Participants were required to send three months worth of medical reports to the competition’s evaluation committee. The committee then selected 100 applicants for inclusion in the competition.

Six winners were chosen by the selection committee, with Chang taking first place, Chinese competitors taking second, third and fifth places, a Croatian dentist taking fourth, and an Austrian taking sixth.

At the awards ceremony in March, Chang was congratulated by dentists from several countries, including a famous German dentist who agreed to visit Taiwan next year to give a talk.

For his application Chang used the dental records of a kindergarten teacher he treated in 2014 who had numerous cavities and missing teeth. The patient’s dental condition caused poor pronunciation that made her job difficult.

Chang rebuilt her entire dental structure and worked with her to improve her bite, pronunciation and oral aesthetics.

“Proper pronunciation is of utmost importance for a kindergarten teacher. Some sounds, such as the English letters ‘f,’ ‘v’ and ‘s,’ need to be taught correctly at this early stage of learning. After the corrective measures, there was a great improvement in her teaching,” Chang said.

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