Bournemouth bound

We highlight some of the events at this month’s BSDHT Oral Health Conference and Exhibition…

This exciting new journal is set to make its debut at OHC 2011 this Friday and Saturday (November 18 and 19).

You can find us at Stand 63 where you can sign up to a subscription to this cutting-edge title, along with any of FMC’s other dental titles for the whole team.

For DH&T, you can get a one-year subscription (8 issues) for £95 and a three-year subscription (24 issues) at a fantastic £215.

Meanwhile, the speaker line up for the conference looks set to be the best yet. Leading speakers include Dr Fotinos S Panagakos, Chris Urwin and the new chief executive of the GDC, Evlynne Gilvarry, and, due to the success of the workshops last year and the BSDHT has extended the programme to include three workshops each day. Organisers hope the 2011 event at Bournemouth International Centre will attract even more dental hygienists, dental therapists and members of the dental team than last year’s, which saw 1,100 attend.


9.15am Periodontal disease and systemic health: an update and review of the science

With Dr Fotinos S Panagakos DMD, PhD

Learning objectives:

• To understand the gingivitis-periodontitis continuum

• To understand the role oral infection and inflammation have on systemic health

• To understand the relationships between oral health and systemic health, specifically diabetes and CVD.

Sponsored by Colgate


10.00am To fill or not to fill – that is the question? With Professor Helen Rodd

Learning objectives:

• To understand the arguments for and against restoring carious primary teeth, with reference to the evidence-base

• To receive information about a randomised controlled trial (the FiCTION trial) which is currently underway in the UK to determine the optimum outcomes for

managing carious primary teeth

• To consider the restorative options in more detail, particularly the use of preformed metal crowns.


2.15pm Treatment of advanced periodontal disease

With Dr Chris Irwin

Learning objectives:

• To define localised/generalised, and chronic/aggressive, advanced periodontitis

• To evaluate the full-mouth disinfection technique

• To review the role of local-delivery and systemic antimicrobials in the treatment of

advanced disease

• To evaluate the decision making processes when deciding when to extract or retain teeth

• To discuss the types and uses of periodontal splints.


3.45pm A life of teeth and crime: the tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth

With Professor Geoffrey T Craig BDS (Hons), PhD, FDSRCS (Eng & Ed), FRCPath

Learning objectives:

To provide an understanding of:

• The groups in need of dental identification

• The principles underpinning dental identification

• The problems posed by dental charting inconsistencies

• The importance of full/contemporaneous dental charting

• The importance of retaining dental records

• What constitutes a bite mark and the range of presentations

• The target populations who get bitten

• The oro-facial signs suggestive of child abuse

• The referral protocol for cases of suspected child abuse

• The principles governing bite mark analysis and comparison.

Sponsored by Philips


9.00am From biology to clinical practice

With Trisha O’Hehir RDH, MS

Learning objectives:

• Understand the dynamic nature of oral bacterial biofilms

• Describe the impact of oral pH changes on the initiation of caries

• Explain how cytokines trigger bleeding on probing

• Choose preventive strategies based on scientific evidence.

Sponsored by Xlear

10.00am The General Dental Council – an update

With Evlynne Gilvarry

Learning objectives:

• To explain the General Dental Council’s strategy

• To explain how the GDC’s work affects dental professionals

• To update the audience on our reviews of Standards and Scope of Practice

11.00am Meeting patient expectations – a consumer healthcare perspective

With Dr Stuart Smith BDS, MSc, PhD

Learning objectives:

To provide an understanding of:

• Why the consumer/patient must be at the centre of everything we do

• The key stages in product development

• Challenges of communication – How TV advertising is constructed.

Sponsored by GSK


11.45am Early detection of oral cancer: identifying risks and reducing delays

With Dr Suzanne Scott

Learning objectives:

• Understand the importance of early diagnosis of oral cancer

• Understand the risk factors for oral cancer

• Understand the reasons for delayed diagnosis

• Understand ways in which the dental team can encourage early diagnosis of oral cancer.

Sponsored by J&J

2.15pm Should oral health matter?

With Dr Richard Tucker BDS MSc MClinDent MFDS MRD(Perio) RCSEd

Learning objectives:

• At the end of the presentation the course participants will have an understanding of the periodontal association with the following conditions: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, heart defects, pre-term low birth weight babies and interactions with some common medications.

Sponsored by Blackwells

3.15pm To change or not to change? That is the question

With Jeanie Suvan

Learning objectives:

• To facilitate better understanding of the challenge and factors influencing patient health behaviour change

• To introduce principles based on the spirit of motivational interviewing as

an approach to patient communication

• To explore tools and techniques designed to maximise the benefit of every

practitioner/patient conversation.

Sponsored by P&G


4.00pm Outcomes of recent BSDHT/ FGDP national survey

With Marina Harris


Additional CPD

Due to the success of the workshops and parallel sessions last year, and the year before, the BSDHT will be extending them to three each day – offering delegates additional verifiable CPD, over the two days.

The workshop format has been highly successful in past years, so much so that we have added more workshops to this year’s programme.

Feedback has shown us that delegates really like the interactive nature of the workshops. Mike Clarke is back by popular demand and many other workshops were over subscribed during the International Symposium on Dental Hygiene in Glasgow last year, so we are expecting them to be hugely popular again this year.

The workshops will be:

• Ethical Dilemmas by Mike Clarke from DPS

• Saliva Testing by Tim Ives and Dave Bridges

• Tooth Whitening by Amarjit Gill

• Instrumentation by Peter Galgut

• Introduction to Research by Hayley Lawrence.

Delegates will be enthralled by the extensive trade exhibition, which, as always, will allow them to find out what’s new in the industry, discuss products with the experts that supply them and pick up samples to try out back at the practice.

The ever-popular gala dinner will take place on November 18 2011 and attendees can also join a Friday night party, both at the Royal Bath Hotel in the heart of Bournemouth.

For more information on the conference, please visit



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