The Inaugural Curious Cases in Children (C3) Conference will be held in conjunction with our SPDS 20th Anniversary Celebration: “Protecting Children’s Smiles for 20 years and beyond.”


Date: 24th Aug 2024, Saturday

Time: 2-530pm (Registration and lunch from 1pm)

Venue: To be confirmed

CDE points: To be confirmed

Oral Presentation Competition (See below for Abstract submission guidelines): Cash prize of $200 for the top entry


Few words from our President

The saying goes, “When you hear the sound of hooves, think horses, not zebras.”

In daily dentistry and medicine, it is typical to consider the more common illness as the more probable differential diagnosis.

Nonetheless, Paediatric Dentists and Dentists who manage many children will likely encounter atypical symptoms, curious diagnoses, and complex conditions, be it congenital, acquired, or developmental.

Furthermore, the management itself could be challenging and may not always have precedence from the published text.

The SPDS is celebrating our 20th year of protecting children’s smiles in Singapore this year – what better time to showcase our growth in strength and knowledge with the inaugural Curious Cases in Children (C3) conference?

The C3 conference provides a platform for clinicians to gather, interact and learn from one another about curious cases in children, with the aim to sharpen our clinical acumen and management skills and augment our evidence-based practice. At the end of the conference, we hope that participants will return home thinking: “Wow, there is more than meets the eye for Paediatric Dentistry!”



Abstract Submission Guidelines

  1. All abstracts must be submitted via email to Dr Melissa Tan at by Friday, June 14th, 2024.
  2. Corresponding authors will be notified by e-mail in 4-6 weeks after submission deadline, if their abstracts have been successfully selected for oral presentation.
  3. All Abstracts will be in the English language.
  4. The presenting author is allowed to participate in other abstracts as a co-author, but not as the primary author.
  5. The abstract should not exceed 300 words in length. It should include the following sections with headings, describing the case(s) and treatment provided:

• Introduction/Background: Briefly describe the case(s) background, and/or introduce the topic/technique used in the case(s), and why it is significant.

• Case presentation and follow up: Present relevant information, including patient(s) basic demographics, medical history and clinical/radiographic findings. The treatment plan, techniques used and the final outcomes must be described in this section. A description of the follow-up care carried out and duration of review is essential to indicate the degree of success.

• Discussion: Describe the rationale for the techniques used and/or the possible reasons for the clinical outcomes achieved.

• Conclusion: Present the main ‘take-home’ message from the case, indicating its significance and explaining the implications for clinical practice or future research.


Oral Presentation Guidelines

Category Case(s) report/series
Presentation Format Oral Presentation
Presentation Length 15 minutes (10min presentation and 5min Q&A)
Language English only
Topics All abstract topics related to paediatric dentistry (patients aged 0-18 years old) are welcome. Curious cases and/or challenging management will be given preference.

Examples of curious cases include, but are not limited to:

  • Rare diagnosis
  • Challenging diagnosis
  • Complex medical history
  • Complex sequencing for dental treatment or therapy
  • Inter-disciplinary care
Authors List the primary author’s full name, followed by the other
authors’ full names.

Authors’ information requested: Last name, First name, Affiliations, Email address.

Presenting Authors Presenting authors whose abstracts are selected for presentation must register for the conference. Presenting authors will serve as the corresponding author for all communications with the organising committee.

The presenting author is allowed to participate in other abstracts as a co-author, but not as the primary author.

Title Not exceeding 15 words
Keywords 3-5 keywords required
Examples include but not limited to: Trauma, Inter-disciplinary, Child abuse, Complex Social Issues, Dental anomalies, Dental defects, Complex Medical Conditions, Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine, Rare Diagnosis, Creative Management, etc.
in the Presentation Competition
All selected abstracts will be entered into the Best Oral Presentation competition and will be presented to an audience and judges on 24 August 2024. Those who fail to present physically at the designated time will be disqualified.

If the main author/presenter is unable to present the case due to any unforeseen circumstances, they should get a co-author to present on their behalf and inform the organising committee of the change, latest 24 hours before the event. Failure to do so will render the team/submission disqualified for the competition.