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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... »

Dental specialty training: Is it for you?

John Perry is a final year orthodontic postgraduate specialist trainee at Cardiff University School of Dentistry. He offers his perspective on whether to specialise or not and shares his experience of specialty training. Should I specialise? You should consider your own personal strengths, interests, and motivations, when making a decision about whether or not to specialise. There are other ways o... »

What’s your career ideal? Planning for your future in dentistry

I’m not sure any of us knew what our career was going to be like while we were in dental school. I certainly didn’t and I didn’t have any kind of plan back then. I had no idea that I would have worked in multiple government systems, private care, and be involved in dental politics. Back then, dentistry to me just seemed to be a job where you went to work, saw patients and went home. A simple 9 to ... »

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... »

Young dentists’ update: changing workforce trends, patient communication and mouth cancer

The BDA Young Dentists Committee met this past month and one of the biggest issues discussed was the changing workforce and provision of oral health. It seems that fewer and fewer dentists are now practice owners within practices delivering NHS care. The previous trend of associates taking a stake in the practice they work in seems to have declined. The past few years have seen a downward trend in... »

Fear is not an option: what the PSA report means for young dentists

You may or may not have heard about the annual PSA (Professional Standards Authority) report on the General Dental Council (GDC) which was released recently. Suffice it to say the previous report was not exactly complimentary to our regulator – that will be no surprise to anyone reading this. Since 2015 the GDC has been charging dentists the highest registration fee out of all the healthcare... »

Is flossing worth it? My patients think not…

In the news recently, floss has got some very bad press, and we have noticed in our practices that some patients have stopped inter-proximal cleaning all together, following this flurry of headlines. This is very concerning, particularly in relation to patients with gum disease. Here are some of the facts to counter the misinformation out there, and that we hope will be beneficial to other young d... »

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... »

What’s the key factor to success in dentistry? Effective communication

If I was the Warren Buffett of dentistry and someone asked me what is a key factor in making a dentist successful, I would say, communication, communication, communication! “Dentists are scary,” ‘‘dentists take pleasure in inflicting pain,’’ “dentists are greedy” and, most recently, “foreign dentists cannot communicate in English.” These are just some of the statements we see coming out of the pre... »

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