BDJ In Practice

Interview: the great marketing debate

Marketing can come in many different forms, shapes and sizes. It can be an email, a leaflet or an open day. Traditionally marketing has always been about a practice, a new treatment or an organisation, but there’s a new type of marketing we need to consider. The rise of the foot soldier – the associate – effectively means there is a pool of skilled workers clamouring for the same jobs. To find out... »

Dental Futures: A glass half full or half empty?

I always find it amusing how when someone presents facts, they can be interpreted in different ways. Those with a ‘glass half full’ outlook on life will look at it differently to ‘glass half empty’, who will probably see nothing more than doom and gloom. Probably. And that – other than incredibly productive list of article ideas – was my takeaway from the Dental Futures event last week, an event t... »

Tackling the rise in oral cancer, one consultation at a time

November is Mouth Cancer Action Month. It’s a month of focus to raise awareness of signs and symptoms of the disease among the public and importantly among health professionals to spot the disease and those most at risk. Dental professionals are uniquely placed to help tackle the current rise in oral cancer rates. A coordinated effort addressing prevention, public awareness and early recognition a... »

Interview: the fight against mouth cancer

In 2013, there were 7,591 new cases of mouth cancer. In 2014, 2,386 deaths were recorded due to the disease. However startling those figures may – or may not – be, what they don’t tell you is the 40% increase in a decade. Mouth cancer is one of the few variations of the disease on the rise, which makes our job ever-more important. Professor Mike Lewis and Dr Chet Trivedy answer questions about the... »

Interview: needs of an ageing population

The growing number of older people in the UK presents a unique set of challenges to the profession. The number of people with Dementia and Alzheimer’s is on the increase1, and care homes are under growing pressure to cope. Alzheimer’s Society called it ‘one of the top three challenges facing the UK’, and that’s before we even consider the mouth. Two experts in the field, Joe Sullivan and Mili Dosh... »

EU referendum: voting leave

Here is one member’s opinion on why they are for the leave camp. For an opposing view from a dentist who is voting remain, read this blog. I do not believe that leaving the EU will have any particular effect on dentistry, but I believe there are other more fundamental issues that will make me vote to leave. Firstly I believe passionately in democracy and the importance of the whole populatio... »

EU referendum and dentistry

The UK’s referendum to decide whether the UK should stay in the European Union or leave has been set for 23 June, 2016. The BDA as an organisation retains a neutral position on the issue. We do receive questions, however, about how  the result may affect dentistry. Some of the main issues are outlined below, and a recent article in the British Dental Journal looks at Brexit and dentistry in more d... »

National Smile Month 2016

Patients are the lifeblood of any dental practice, and for most dental practices those patients will overwhelmingly come from their local area. Word of mouth remains the cornerstone of many practices recruitment efforts through good PR, but during May and June there’s another way to raise your profile. National Smile Month is an opportunity to engage with a national campaign, promote good oral hea... »

Interview: Dentist meets dentist

If I asked what word was accepted into the Oxford English Dictionary in August 2013 that is pertinent to dentistry, without googling the answer, you would be hard pushed to know which word I am referring to. The word in question is, of course, selfie. Gone are the days when you have to use quote marks around the word. It’s in our vocabulary and it’s here to stay. By definition, the acceptance of s... »

A new era in regulation?

by Ulrike Matthesius In January 2015, BDA chief executive Peter Ward wrote in BDJ In Practice about where regulation might turn next. This followed the hike in the annual retention fee (ARF) and the BDA’s court case over the General Dental Council’s (GDC’s) consultation about this fee. So a year on, what has happened? Since then, the BDA has continued its efforts to hold the leadership of the GDC ... »

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