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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... »

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... »

Free event for young dentists at BDA Conference 2017: networking and career advice

Come along to a free networking and career advice drinks reception for young dentists at this year’s British Dental Conference and Exhibition on Thursday 25 May 2017, to be held in the Demonstration Theatre from 6pm. The full British Dental Conference and Exhibition programme also features lots of clinical and general topics (including verifiable CPD), alongside the free dental exhibition. O... »

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... »

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