first convention of the Jamaica Dental Association was held in 1964
at the Kingston Sheraton Hotel, hosted by a small group of enterprising
dentists with a passion for excellence paralleling the dental care
of First World countries.
on by the reception attendant on their endeavors, the JDA after
a few years took the convention to the North Coast of Jamaica, which
locus would attract a greater international clientele.
the years the Governor General as Head of State, and other leaders
of Government have shown their recognition and appreciation of the
JDA's endeavors through their annual messages of goodwill.
after thirty-three years, the JDA, by means of its Annual Convention
still continues to obtain international recognition for Dentistry
in our island, pursuing the initial policy of exposing the island's
dentists to the latest techniques, materials and practices with
the expectation of approaching the goal of Excellence.
1926 the Government of Jamaica was contemplating the enactment of
legislation to register as Dentists, the dental mechanics who had
been practicing dentistry illegally.
of the senior members of the Dental Profession believed this to
not be in the best interest of the public and felt that they should
organize themselves in order to have their views put to the government.
late Dr. G.R. Machado as mentor of the project personally called
on most of the dentists and had meetings at his home and that of
the late Dr. S.A. Maitland.
Jamaica Dental Association was formed with Dr. Machado as its President
and set itself the task of resisting the proposed legislation, but
was unsuccessful, as what came to be known as the "Dental Law
1927" was eventually passed.
by this defeat, the Association concentrated on the other benefits
of coming together as an organization; the members began for the
first time to know and appreciate each other and this led to the
realization that in unity there was strength.
the early 1940's control of the Association fell into somewhat of
a "dictatorship" and as a result its meetings
and activities were boycotted by the membership, and for all practical
purposes the Association ceased to exist.
1945, Dr. W. Lyon and Mr. B. Machado attempted to form a new Association
to fill the gap. This challenge to the status quo seemed
to awaken renewed interest and Drs. Lyon and Machado eventually
withdrew their efforts and a revitalized Jamaica Dental Association
rose out of the ashes of discontent.
a new phase in the history of the Association was started, and saw
the emergence of Dr. S.O.G. Johnson as a new force and he participated
actively -both directly and indirectly- in the running of the Association
for well over a decade.
Association has continuously fulfilled the promise of its founders,
nearly all of whom have unfortunately departed this earthly plane,
but whom, wherever they now are, would surely be satisfied with
the results that their foresight have reaped.