DENTAL caries and periodontal diseases are two major oral health problems suffered by members of the public.
National adviser for oral health, Dr Joan Lal said almost all dental practitioners were involved and geared towards addressing these two major issues.
"Members of the Fiji Oral Health Workers Association who are government employees, this is their major business," she said.
"They have to go out and convince people to change their lifestyles, to brush their teeth regularly and eat good food which is their core business."
Ms Lal, along with other dental practitioners from across the country, was in Suva for a one-day Oral Health Workers Association conference.
With the conference's theme being Wellness in Your Practice, Ms Lal said it was important that dental practitioners also practice what they preached.
The conference included dealings with stress as well.
"There is a lot of stress in our lives and when we treat patients we can see that our patients are in so much pain, and it causes us stress too.
"So one of the main topics of this conference is how to deal with stress in the workplace."
Apart from just discussing topics relating to oral health problems, the conference also highlighted some issues on non-communicable diseases.
"A lot of our workers, not only in the Ministry of Health but in the workforce have people dying young, before they reach 50, they are dying and we would like to stop this," she said.