Opinion

Young dentists: blazing the trail

One of the tips from my previous blog was the importance of planning ahead. Recently, I went along to the annual BDA Careers Day event, and it was great to meet so many enthusiastic and dedicated young foundation dentists. For me, what made it such a success, rather than just the fact it was a full house, was the fantastic range of speakers and the vibe. Speak to almost any seasoned practitioner t... »

Walk in the shoes of a foundation dentist

First day on the job Finally – that moment when you have finished your dentistry degree and now you are fully qualified as a foundation dentist (FD), ready to start your career. Recent graduates and FDs can only relate to the rush of adrenaline and excitement, as well as nerves on the first day of your new job as an FD. So my first day started with ‘meet and greet’ amongst the reception team... »

Workplace stress for dentists in Scotland: an undocumented problem?

The mental health of healthcare professionals is becoming a more often talked about issue in the news these days. However, in Scotland, we feel that dentists are often the forgotten profession when it comes to revealing the scale of the problem, and impact of the often stressful and frustrating environments we work in. Admitting you are feeling stressed is never an easy thing to do. But nearly all... »

Mouth cancer: the importance of public screening and awareness

World Cancer Day happened earlier this month. Organised by the World Health Organisation, it’s another public awareness campaign designed to put risk factors of cancer in the spotlight and encourage us all to live healthily. Although, the press recently highlighted that mouth cancer rates in the UK are improving due to smoking and drinking among young people being at the lowest level on record. Mo... »

Top tips on dealing with oral cancer from a DCT

So, this my third blog for the BDA, and I hate to bring things down, but…oral cancer: it can be a real problem for both patients, and their dentists. Working as a maxillofacial dental core trainee (DCT), I’ve seen a few cases, so I hope you might find useful some of my top tips on detecting and referring oral cancer cases appropriately. Oral cancer tends to get quite a bit of press, it’s a popular... »

NHS dentistry or private: what’s right for you?

Many young dentists ask me whether they should focus their career on NHS or private practice; what should they aim for? My answer is, it depends. You need to know where your strengths and weaknesses lie, both clinically, as well practically and emotionally. As a young, or indeed old, dentist, career choices are often hard. The path is rarely easy and do we ever get it right? We are taught as under... »

What’s your career ideal? Planning for your future in dentistry

I’m not sure any of us knew what our career was going to be like while we were in dental school. I certainly didn’t and I didn’t have any kind of plan back then. I had no idea that I would have worked in multiple government systems, private care, and be involved in dental politics. Back then, dentistry to me just seemed to be a job where you went to work, saw patients and went home. A simple 9 to ... »

Think hospital dentistry isn’t for you? Think again…

You’ve all heard the stories of what it’s like to be a hospital dentist, long hours, working weekends, being on call, dealing with different and complex cases. But there are reasons why you might want to consider doing it, here’s my view on why you might take up the challenge of working as a hospital dentist. Why do dental core training? The question has been put to me on many occasions, mainly by... »

My experience of dental foundation training

My name is Kaly and I am a newly-qualified dentist. I left college wanting to pursue a career as a physiotherapist. However, I soon realised that much of my ambition came from the continuation of care. This is something I was lacking and consequently looked into dentistry in providing. Throughout my dental studies at King’s College London, I was fortunate to work at Shape Dental Clinic, a small mi... »

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... »

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