BDA Connect team's Posts

Dental specialty training: Is it for you?

John Perry is a final year orthodontic postgraduate specialist trainee at Cardiff University School of Dentistry. He offers his perspective on whether to specialise or not and shares his experience of specialty training. Should I specialise? You should consider your own personal strengths, interests, and motivations, when making a decision about whether or not to specialise. There are other ways o... »

Walk in the shoes of a foundation dentist

First day on the job Finally – that moment when you have finished your dentistry degree and now you are fully qualified as a foundation dentist (FD), ready to start your career. Recent graduates and FDs can only relate to the rush of adrenaline and excitement, as well as nerves on the first day of your new job as an FD. So my first day started with ‘meet and greet’ amongst the reception team... »

GDPC update: January 2017 meeting

The General Dental Practice Committee (GDPC) met for its first full meeting of the year on 27 January. The Committee received a presentation from the Chair of COPDEND, Nicholas Taylor. Members also discussed the professional regulation and the GDC Shifting the Balance consultation, contract reform, issues with Capita and performer lists, an EU-wide phase down on amalgam, parental leave changes and... »

Mouth cancer: the importance of public screening and awareness

World Cancer Day happened earlier this month. Organised by the World Health Organisation, it’s another public awareness campaign designed to put risk factors of cancer in the spotlight and encourage us all to live healthily. Although, the press recently highlighted that mouth cancer rates in the UK are improving due to smoking and drinking among young people being at the lowest level on record. Mo... »

What’s socially-inclusive dentistry all about?

‘Socially-inclusive dentistry’, not a term you probably hear everyday, but perhaps we should be hearing about it more often. What is it all about? It’s about focusing on solutions for treating patients who might be experiencing social exclusion, such as the homeless, or the traveller communities, as well as sex-workers and vulnerable migrants – these groups are often very hard to reach and e... »

Top tips on dealing with oral cancer from a DCT

So, this my third blog for the BDA, and I hate to bring things down, but…oral cancer: it can be a real problem for both patients, and their dentists. Working as a maxillofacial dental core trainee (DCT), I’ve seen a few cases, so I hope you might find useful some of my top tips on detecting and referring oral cancer cases appropriately. Oral cancer tends to get quite a bit of press, it’s a popular... »

Dental foundation training: my experience

Hannan Imran, is a Foundation Dentist in the Oxfordshire scheme, and Trainee Representative for the Thames Valley and Wessex Deanery. He shares why he got involved in dentistry and what training has been like so far. Why dentistry? My desire to pursue dentistry began at a young age following some extensive orthodontic treatment I had done. The impact it had on my psychosocial well-being was profou... »

Think hospital dentistry isn’t for you? Think again…

You’ve all heard the stories of what it’s like to be a hospital dentist, long hours, working weekends, being on call, dealing with different and complex cases. But there are reasons why you might want to consider doing it, here’s my view on why you might take up the challenge of working as a hospital dentist. Why do dental core training? The question has been put to me on many occasions, mainly by... »

My experience of dental foundation training

My name is Kaly and I am a newly-qualified dentist. I left college wanting to pursue a career as a physiotherapist. However, I soon realised that much of my ambition came from the continuation of care. This is something I was lacking and consequently looked into dentistry in providing. Throughout my dental studies at King’s College London, I was fortunate to work at Shape Dental Clinic, a small mi... »

Sharing, learning, and getting engaged

I was honoured to elected Northern Ireland Branch President 2017 and am really looking forward to a great year for our Branch, with a packed programme of events to help you share, learn, and get engaged with your profession. The general theme for our CPD programme will be the management of the elderly patient and I have asked speakers from around the UK to contribute with lectures. As the demograp... »

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