hospital dentist

Why do dental patients overdose on pain killers?

Charlotte Currie, Clinical Fellow in Oral Surgery, takes a look at the current evidence on why patients often resort to self-medication with painkillers, and encourages dentists to be on the look-out for patients who might be at serious risk of overdose. Anyone who has suffered with toothache will appreciate the pain intensity associated with a diagnosis such as symptomatic irreversible pulpitis o... »

Top tips on dealing with oral cancer from a DCT

So, this my third blog for the BDA, and I hate to bring things down, but…oral cancer: it can be a real problem for both patients, and their dentists. Working as a maxillofacial dental core trainee (DCT), I’ve seen a few cases, so I hope you might find useful some of my top tips on detecting and referring oral cancer cases appropriately. Oral cancer tends to get quite a bit of press, it’s a popular... »

Think hospital dentistry isn’t for you? Think again…

You’ve all heard the stories of what it’s like to be a hospital dentist, long hours, working weekends, being on call, dealing with different and complex cases. But there are reasons why you might want to consider doing it, here’s my view on why you might take up the challenge of working as a hospital dentist. Why do dental core training? The question has been put to me on many occasions, mainly by... »

What does the hospital junior doctors contract mean for trainee dentists?

The recent hospital junior doctors contract negotiations have caused a lot of controversy in the popular press, but what rarely gets mentioned is the impact of these on hospital dentists. Here’s my view on what it might mean for those currently working or, considering a career in, hospital dentistry. The current outlook The current outlook for dental core training (DCT) and careers within secondar... »

Diary of a young hospital dentist: starting out as a DCT

Hospital dentist Surina Bhola gives her ‘101 guide’ to what you’ll need when starting out as a dental core trainee. Coffee? Check. Pen torch? Check. Deodorant? Oh yes… Diary entry Let us start with something simple for my second blog post. I’m calling it, Surina’s ‘guide to starting out in OMFS DCT 101’, which I hope will be helpful for any new DCTs who are starting out in an oral maxillofacial su... »

Diary of a young hospital dentist: did I panic?

In this new series of blogs by Surina Bhola, a young dentist working as a dental core trainee at Princess Alexandra Hospital, she will share her experience of taking on a new role in a hospital setting. Diary Entry After completion of foundation training, all young dentists face the two main options – do I live the rest of my life in practice, or do I utter the dreaded words – “dental core trainin... »