BDA Conference

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... »

British Dental Conference and Exhibition 2016 – thank you for attending

The British Dental Conference and Exhibition 2016 was a fantastic event. With 5,000 people in one place, we met familiar and new faces. Here’s a quick photo round-up of what happened:                 For the first time, we introduced a photo booth, where delegates could get their picture taken and friends had a laugh posing together. BDA Chair, Mick Ar... »

Catch up on the highlights: British Dental Conference & Exhibition 2016

Missed out on the British Dental Conference and Exhibition 2016? This year was yet another buzzing event, with strong words from BDA Chair Mick Armstrong on #preventionfirst, and the Minister for dentistry, the Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, taking to the stage to talk about improving children’s oral health. Catch up on the highlights via our Storify posts: Day 1: A new President takes the helm, telling... »

NHS in crisis – is dentistry really ‘sorted’?

Last week I went to speak to our friends at the British Medical Association for their emergency conference on the crisis facing our NHS. There were so many familiar themes. privatisation, corporatisation, over-regulation, red tape and spin. The dental profession has been at the cutting edge of all of these. And now we are having to seek ‘efficiencies’ when we represent 3% of the NHS budget, mannin... »

James Goldman

Find your career path in dentistry

Walk down a street in a city at 8.45 on a weekday morning and watch them go to work. Some look really happy, some less so. Some may be financially comfortable, some not. Some may be salespeople, accountants, periodontists… When you were a child, did you dream of doing what you do today? What child dreams of becoming a dentist specialising in gum disease? But there are benefits to all careers that ... »

The importance of infection control

Decontamination and infection control may not be the most enthralling of topics but it underpins everything that goes on in a dental surgery. The introduction of the Health Technical Memorandum 01-05 (HTM 01-05) in 2009 by the Department of Health was very much a year zero moment for dental surgeries across the UK. The whole process has become much more formalised and practices have often had to i... »

How widespread is illegal whitening?

I’m glad the BBC brought the issue of illegal tooth whitening to light recently in an investigation looking at the scale of illegal teeth whitening across the West of England. Undercover reporters from the BBC’s Inside Out West filmed one provider operating under an assumed name just two years after he was prosecuted by the regulator, the General Dental Council, for illegal whitening. The film rev... »

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

The BDA’s Honours and Awards are now open for nominations for the 2016/17 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... »

This year’s Conference branding

Each year we try to use a new way to visually communicate the event and what visitors can expect from the Conference and Exhibition.   The Brief We commissioned our designers to create something which: Is eye-catching Is memorable Communicates our values Says the British Dental Conference and Exhibition   Why is branding so important? The look and feel of something sets expectations. If ... »

Five minutes with Finlay Sutton

Finlay Sutton is a speaker in our upcoming Conference in May. He talks to us below about his background, producing dentures and what he’ll be speaking about at Conference 2016. “I am a specialist in restorative dentistry and prosthodontics and have devoted the past 17 years of my practicing career honing my skills in removable prosthetics. This is an area of dentistry I am extremely passionate abo... »

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