Career

Do female dentists earn less than their male counterparts?

We know there are more women working in dentistry today than ever, but do we know if there is true equality in terms of pay? We decided to take a look at the current available evidence, and ask what this means for the future of the profession. Women in dentistry on the rise Since the first UK female dentist (Lilian Lindsay) qualified in 1895, the number of women in dentistry has been increasing ye... »

What does the UK election mean for young dentists?

Elections seem to be en vogue right now. It’s not long since we had a general election, there has been an independence vote in Scotland, and also the now ‘infamous’ Brexit vote in the UK. The Americans have had theirs too, and France is due to have the second round of their presidential vote. And now, to top it, off we’ve got our own snap UK general election, announced to take place on 8 June. So,... »

What can the BDA do for you? Starting out in dentistry

I visited the British Dental Association, based in Wimpole Street recently, for an afternoon with my Dental Foundation Training scheme. Before going, I did wonder what the visit to the BDA would entail. The afternoon was comprehensive and we left with broader awareness on what becoming a BDA member offers to young dentists. Advice when applying for jobs One of the major advantages of being a BDA m... »

Do dentists need leadership skills?

Leadership. Do we as dentists need skills in leadership? I think we do. We are leading the team in the surgery we work in. We can be leaders of a practice wide team as practice owners. We can be leaders of oral health as a whole, and the people we choose to represent us, need to know how to operate effectively. Earlier this month, I was fortunate enough to be invited to Boston to attend the Strate... »

Burning Mouth Syndrome: A clinical challenge

In the absence of clinical findings, Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS) presents itself as a burning sensation of the oral mucosa. As such, it is considered to be one of the most difficult clinical challenges in the field of oral medicine. BMS typically affects post-menopausal, middle-aged females with a prevalence of up to 15%. Recent research has pointed to a growing body of evidence suggesting that B... »

Life as a GDP: is it for you?

James McKee is a GDP and member of the BDA Young Dentists Committee. He shares his journey after foundation training and tells us why he decided to choose the path of general dentistry, and what he enjoys about it.  The career model in the world of dentistry has changed dramatically over the past decade. Long gone are the days when a wide-eyed graduate entered the profession, stuck up a brass plaq... »

Free event for young dentists at BDA Conference 2017: networking and career advice

Come along to a free networking and career advice drinks reception for young dentists at this year’s British Dental Conference and Exhibition on Thursday 25 May 2017, to be held in the Demonstration Theatre from 6pm. The full British Dental Conference and Exhibition programme also features lots of clinical and general topics (including verifiable CPD), alongside the free dental exhibition. O... »

Looking for some career inspiration?

In his second blog, foundation dentist, Hannan Imran, shares the key learnings he took away from the BDA/UCL Careers Day 2017 event that he attended with members of his scheme. Build your CV   Whatever your career goals may be, having a well-balanced CV will prove to be your strongest asset. At Careers Day, several speakers highlighted the importance of using the ‘personal specification’ guides th... »

Newly-qualified dentist? Tips I wish I had before my dental foundation training

Abeera Imran is in her first year as a foundation dentist and shares her experience of what to expect when going into your first post and some top tips. I began the year knowing that it would be a steep learning curve and I often wondered what working full time would be like, as the summer break was coming to an end. I had been told by senior colleagues that I would complete more treatment in the ... »

Why don’t you consider dentistry? Women in dentistry then and now

I was proud to support International Women’s Day on 8 March, and celebrate the amazing contributions women have made to dentistry, as well as reflect on how some great female role models have helped me in my career. My story of “why I did dentistry” is a product of my generation. My strength at school was mathematics, and I wanted to become an actuary, but in those days women were excluded from th... »

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