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Want to set up a new BDA Young Dentists Group? Here’s how…

Young dentist Abeera Imran talks about her experience of setting up a new BDA Young Dentists Group, and she explains why she decided to get involved. I am in the process of setting up a Young Dentist Group (YDG) for South Mercia. This covers Northampton, Milton Keynes, Reading, Oxford, Windsor and High Wycombe. The idea to re-establish the YDG began when I wanted to become more involved with the B... »

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... »

What advice should you give about finishing a course of antibiotics for dental infections?

A BMJ opinion piece that questioned the existing medical advice about taking a full course of antibiotics to treat infection hit the headlines recently. Of course, the tabloids relished giving doctors a dressing down about the validity of their health advice, yet again. The screaming by-lines ‘Current NHS advice is putting patients at risk, according to experts’, will probably do nothing to help t... »

Why do dental patients overdose on pain killers?

Charlotte Currie, Clinical Fellow in Oral Surgery, takes a look at the current evidence on why patients often resort to self-medication with painkillers, and encourages dentists to be on the look-out for patients who might be at serious risk of overdose. Anyone who has suffered with toothache will appreciate the pain intensity associated with a diagnosis such as symptomatic irreversible pulpitis o... »

Interested in writing for dental publications? The BDEF can help

Young dentist Nikki Patel, explains what the British Dental Editors Forum is and how it might benefit you, particularly if you are interested in getting experience of writing for dental publications.Nikki is completing a fellowship in clinical leadership and won first prize for the BDEF’s Young Dental Communicator of the Year Award in 2015 – she also sits on the BDA’s Young Denti... »

What devolution in Manchester means to me

Greater Manchester is home to a bold experiment. Since 1 April last year, a £6 billion Health and Social Care budget has been devolved to the region and all of us at senior level have responsibility for helping to achieve the fastest possible improvement in the health and well-being of the 2.8 million who live here. Improving children’s oral health: we have our work cut out The process has b... »

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 ... »

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