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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... »

Burning Mouth Syndrome: A clinical challenge

In the absence of clinical findings, Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS) presents itself as a burning sensation of the oral mucosa. As such, it is considered to be one of the most difficult clinical challenges in the field of oral medicine. BMS typically affects post-menopausal, middle-aged females with a prevalence of up to 15%. Recent research has pointed to a growing body of evidence suggesting that B... »

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British Dental Journal’s top 10 articles open to all

The British Dental Journal (BDJ) has once again been crowned the UK’s most-read dental publication by dentists and remains one of the leading scientific journals in the world. To mark the journal’s long-standing popularity, its 10 most-read articles from 2016 will be available for non BDA members to get their teeth into from now until May. Dentists ranked the journal as the most preferred jo... »

Newly-qualified dentist? Tips I wish I had before my dental foundation training

Abeera Imran is in her first year as a foundation dentist and shares her experience of what to expect when going into your first post and some top tips. I began the year knowing that it would be a steep learning curve and I often wondered what working full time would be like, as the summer break was coming to an end. I had been told by senior colleagues that I would complete more treatment in the ... »

Tackling children’s bad teeth – are parents to blame?

Treating children in a dental surgery is one of the most challenging practices of dentistry. There are so many factors that have to be managed with children – communication (age-dependent), the parents’ role, treatment options, the child’s cooperation and finally, compliance. Caries and more recently tooth wear, are prevalent diseases affecting children in the UK and there have been various ... »

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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... »

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... »

Dental foundation training: my experience

Hannan Imran, is a Foundation Dentist in the Oxfordshire scheme, and Trainee Representative for the Thames Valley and Wessex Deanery. He shares why he got involved in dentistry and what training has been like so far. Why dentistry? My desire to pursue dentistry began at a young age following some extensive orthodontic treatment I had done. The impact it had on my psychosocial well-being was profou... »

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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