Representation

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... »

A week is a long time in politics

A snap election raises very specific challenges for this profession. Certainly those of you expecting to join us at our conference in Manchester to hear Health Minister David Mowat outline the government’s priorities for oral health may be left disappointed. The unexpected outset of pre-election purdah means all such appearances have to be canned. Of course the impact goes far beyond speaking enga... »

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 ... »

See you later regulator

Like or loathe Tony Blair you can’t escape the fact that when he was the PM, he memorably claimed his priorities for government were ‘education, education, education.’ Similarly, when we asked dentists what their watchword is, they’ve been just as clear. It’s regulation, regulation, regulation. A recent analysis of the most extensive member research the BDA has undertaken in decades confirmed that... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

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