Practices

Top ten most read BDA blogs of 2016

Just in case you missed them, here are our top ten most read blogs of the year, including opinions on oral health inequalities, dental contract reform, the crisis of rotten teeth, GDP incomes, NHS patient charges, teeth whitening and more. Our top ten most read blogs in 2016 were: Top tips for the journey ahead as a newly-qualified dentist – In November, Shaadi, a dental core trainee shared her ex... »

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Teeth whitening top tips

Does reading the headline “Man has been fined for illegal whitening”, sound familiar? It seems teeth whitening has been getting a lot of negative press of late, but we continue to assert that only dentists (or those who are working under a prescription from a dentist) may do tooth whitening. The run up to Christmas does seem a time when more patients are requesting teeth whitening, just ahead of t... »

Interview: the great marketing debate

Marketing can come in many different forms, shapes and sizes. It can be an email, a leaflet or an open day. Traditionally marketing has always been about a practice, a new treatment or an organisation, but there’s a new type of marketing we need to consider. The rise of the foot soldier – the associate – effectively means there is a pool of skilled workers clamouring for the same jobs. To find out... »

Troubles with the Northern Ireland dental payments system

The current dental payments system for GDPs in Northern Ireland was implemented some 2 years ago and since that time payment issues for GDS dentists have continued. The Business Services Organisation (BSO) makes payments to dentists on behalf of the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) who hold the contracts with individual dentists. Over the course of the financial year payments totalling just ove... »

Interview: the fight against mouth cancer

In 2013, there were 7,591 new cases of mouth cancer. In 2014, 2,386 deaths were recorded due to the disease. However startling those figures may – or may not – be, what they don’t tell you is the 40% increase in a decade. Mouth cancer is one of the few variations of the disease on the rise, which makes our job ever-more important. Professor Mike Lewis and Dr Chet Trivedy answer questions about the... »

More than just an add-on treatment: my top five tips for effective teeth whitening

There has been a lot in the news about teeth whitening recently: a quick google search brings up stories about whitening being carried out in beauty parlours and recently the father and son duo who were convicted and jailed for their teeth whitening business. It is clear cut in law now that teeth whitening is the practice of dentistry and as such it can only be carried out by the appropriate profe... »

Is your practice safe and compliant?

Does the word ‘compliance’ leave you in a cold sweat? Don’t panic, we can help you. Come along to our ‘Running a safe and compliant practice’ course (17 March) and we’ll take the stress out of regulation. You can always book your place now for Friday 17 March 2017. The system of regulation for dentistry in the UK is complex and often confusing. Do you know all,o... »

Marketing advice from a practice owner

Here are some top marketing tips from John Fleming, Principal Dental Surgeon at Hob Hey Dental Practice. Have a good website People expect you to have one and it’s probably the first place people go to after they search for you online and the first place they’ll find out more about you. Keep your website up-to-date, attractive and make sure the information is relevant to different patient groups y... »

Social media promotion for dental professionals and practices

Social media promotion for dental professionals and practices

Are you on Twitter or Facebook? Is your practice on social media too? Though ever-evolving, social media seems to be here to stay – and there are a wealth of benefits that could help you promote your work or business. But how can you ensure you are leveraging it to your advantage? As social media is becoming increasingly commonplace, we should be more aware of how we are presenting ourselves as a ... »

A smile brightens everyone’s day: National Smile Month

We are proud supporters of National Smile Month. As a practice, we are very keen to make people aware of the impact of oral hygiene and good tooth care on their smiles: a smile makes the whole face light up and brightens up everybody’s day! During the month, we offered a smile assessment to all our patients and gave them the option to see our dental therapist for oral hygiene advice. We also focus... »

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