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Now is the time to invest in children’s smiles in Wales

We’re asking our dentists to help spread the message about the detrimental impact sugar can have on patient’s teeth, and to help highlight the shocking state of oral health amongst some groups of children in Wales. The sugar levy is going to come into force in April 2018, across the UK. This will be a tax on soft drinks such as carbonated drinks, dilutables and still drinks that contain high level... »

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... »

Capita and Performers List: a dentist down the rabbit hole

I recently qualified as a dentist in the UK, spending thousands of pounds on applications, registration, exams, CPD and preparation courses to be able to work in the UK. However, I now find myself falling down a rabbit hole. After years of slog and sacrifice (and with the ongoing patience of my family), I finally thought, this is it, it’s my moment, and I’m able now to work as a dentist, doing wha... »

Special care dentist wins at Best Trainee 2016 Awards

Special care dentist, Claire Curtin, won the overall award at the recent Wales Deanery Best Trainee Awards and was named the best trainee of 2016. Claire also won the Outstanding Contribution to Raising the Profile of special care dentistry in Wales award. Claire gives many talks on Special Care Dentistry, she spoke at the British Dental Conference and Exhibition on special care dentistry and care... »

BDA Honours and Awards 2017: who’s your dental hero?

The BDA’s Honours and Awards are now open for nominations for the 2017/18 round. Do you know someone who you feel should be recognised for the amazing work they do for dentistry? Then please nominate them for a BDA Honour or Award. The Honours and Awards nominations process takes place each year and is designed to recognise outstanding merit and service given to the profession and/or the community... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

Let them eat cake? Why sugar is a sweet problem for dentistry

So 2017 is upon us and with it a flurry of the evils of sugar have been highlighted in our national media: cake in the workplace, it’s a sweet problem for dentistry, according to the Royal College of Surgeons. With the detail of the workings of the sugar levy still to be revealed, an article in the Lancet Public Health Journal has pondered over the possible scenarios and the effects of such a levy... »

A road block for dentists and patients: Capita incompetence

It’s a bizarre world when hundreds of thousands of patients with dental problems are pitching up at A&E or seeing their GP, who are usually unable to treat these patients. We know there are hundreds of dentists who could ease this pressure if only they didn’t have to wait – in some cases for nearly seven months – to get a performer number which allows them to provide NHS services. ... »

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