Campaign

NHS dentistry in Wales: Where does the clawback money go?

New investment in NHS dentistry in Wales is welcome, but how does it square with up with the money lost from clawback? Katrina Clarke, Chair of the BDA’s Welsh General Dental Practice Committee, looks behind the headlines. The BDA’s response to the recent announcement by the Welsh Government Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, that £1.3m would be invested in NHS dentistry, was sceptical... »

Where are all the dentists in Wales?

Katrina Clarke, Chair of the Wales General Dental Practice Committee puts out a call for dentists working in Wales to consider stepping forward and taking part in the BDA, either by taking part in the upcoming representative elections or by getting more involved locally, to help shape the future of the profession. I had a bad dream last night. I was sitting in a meeting room on one side of a table... »

Motivated by my patients and the people I have met

As part of our We are dentistry campaign, Shaila Patel-Buxton, shares her journey that brought her to working as an in-house dentist at a law firm and volunteering in Burma. I have been working as an associate for Bupa, and my current role is working as in-house dentist for international law firm Allen & Overy LLp. We look after their lawyers and support staff who work in a very demanding envi... »

Finding a rewarding career in dentistry

As part of our We are dentistry campaign, Rima Sadhia Hussain talks about the enjoyment of patient interaction from working in dentistry. I’m currently doing my vocational training with the North East London Deanery, and I am working as a General Dental Practitioner. I really enjoy working as part of a large team and every day is a great learning opportunity. I absolutely love going to CPD e... »

Proud to be part of the profession

As part of our We are dentistry campaign, Mark Woodger, shares his experience of working in NHS dentistry. I’m a partner in an NHS dental practice and I’m also secretary of my Local Dental Committee (LDC). My day job is heading up a team, running a busy NHS dental practice with three dentists and two therapists. In addition to working at the practice, I engage with NHS England to help improve serv... »

Women in leadership roles: mentoring should be encouraged earlier

As an undergraduate dental student, I feel I am lucky to have had encountered a number of female role models who are in positions of leadership. With statistics estimating that women will make up over 50% of registered GDPs by 2020, it is an exciting time for young dentists to be entering the profession. Despite this, it is known that there are far fewer women in leadership positions and committee... »

Homelessness and oral health: a neglected issue

Dental problems are widespread among people experiencing homelessness – and in many cases they may be preventing people from escaping lives of poverty and addiction. My name is Rob and I’m one of the peer researchers involved in Groundswell’s Healthy Mouths Health Audit. We spoke to over 260 homeless people from across London about their oral health, including people who are street homeless, in ho... »

Feeling stressed out? What dentists can do to combat stress

Stress is a reality for a lot of dentists working in all fields of practice, be it general practice, community, hospital, the armed forces, or academia. We know this, because we’ve been doing some research into extent of the problem and our findings so far, show some concerning trends. We can, and often do, help ourselves to combat stress, such as talking it over with friends and family, exercise ... »

See you later regulator

Like or loathe Tony Blair you can’t escape the fact that when he was the PM, he memorably claimed his priorities for government were ‘education, education, education.’ Similarly, when we asked dentists what their watchword is, they’ve been just as clear. It’s regulation, regulation, regulation. A recent analysis of the most extensive member research the BDA has undertaken in decades confirmed that... »

‘British Teeth’ vs the ‘Hollywood Smile’

As dentists obviously we’re proud of our handiwork. And that’s why the jokes about bad ‘British Teeth’ can be a little trying. From Austin Powers to the Simpson’s ‘Big Book of British Smiles’, this myth has become ingrained in pop culture. But now at least we’ve got some new evidence to show where Brits really stand on brushing. This World Oral Health Day we shared a huge global poll on oral healt... »

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