Dental news you’ve missed this week

Missed out on this week’s dental news? No problem, here’s what happened over the past seven days…

Online Dentistry Show – coming to your screens

Online Dentistry ShowThis week, we’re excited to announce that we will be hosting our inaugural Online Dentistry Show on the 4th and 5th of September. The very first virtual exhibition and conference in UK dentistry will host leading speakers from around the profession.

And best of all, it’s completely free to attend. But there’s limited spaces. You can register here.

Relocating to Trinidad as a dentist – the challenges and the rewards

Shenilee Hazell talks about her decision to relocate to her place of birth, Trinidad, and the challenges she faced setting up a dental practiceWould you take the leap and open a practice in another country? That’s exactly what Shenilee Hazell did. We hear about her journey to Trinidad and the obstacles she faced when it came to setting it up.

Sexual health in dentistry – what you need to look out for

Dr Naomi Sutton explains how dental teams can be crucial when it comes to detecting symptoms of sexually transmitted infections

Should dentists being looking out for signs of sexually transmitted infections (STIs)? Dr Naomi Sutton certainly thinks so. She discusses what dental teams can look out for and why they shouldn’t shy away from referring patients to sexual health services.

Is a one hour fallow period really necessary for dentistry in England?

Dr Michael Heffernan takes a look at the current requirement of a 60-minute fallow period – and asks, is it really necessary?

But the big question this week is from Dr Michael Heffernan. Is a one-hour fallow period is really needed? With other countries of similar population densities bypassing the requirement, many dental professionals are wondering why it’s still in place in England.

‘DCPs are using food banks’: calls continue for government to support dental profession

'DCPs are using food banks': calls continue for government to support dental profession


Although dentistry may be back up and running, many practices are still experiencing financial troubles. Christina Chatfield opened up about her own experience and said DCPs are having to use food banks just to get by.

‘I don’t think it’s fully appreciated how this has impacted the profession not just financially, but mentally,’ she says.

Dentists urged to beware of tax pitfalls in 2021

Finances are on the minds of many at the moment. NASDAL are urging dentists to beware of tax pitfalls in 2021. 

Ban junk food adverts before 9pm, say experts

Leading campaign groups are calling for an end to junk food advertisements before the watershed in a bid to combat obesity

Oral health has also been at the forefront of discussions – and rightly so. Leading campaign groups are calling for an end to junk food advertisements before 9pm in a bid to combat obesity. They argue this is the government’s ‘golden opportunity’ to tackle health inequalities.

Eight in 10 say kids’ characters should be removed from unhealthy snacks

Parents are calling for a stop to children's characters on unhealthy food and drinks, a survey has revealed

But it’s not just campaigners who are calling for change. Eight in 10 parents believe kids’ characters should be removed from unhealthy snacks.

10 steps back to practice after COVID-19

Memnia Theodorou discusses mental health and how dental professionals can change their way of thinking for more positive and healthy outcomes

As dentistry continues to adapt to the new climate, we have two more articles as part of our 10 steps back to practice after COVID-19 series. This week:

Young people and ethnic minorities are less successful in getting NHS dental appointments
It’s also emerged that ethnic minorities are less successful in getting NHS dental appointment. This is according to the results of a new patient survey.
Neel Barchha explains what it's like living with anosmia and how practices can help their patients
And Neel Barchha – a long-time sufferer of anosmia – talks about how dental teams can help their patients recover their sense of smell.

Latest webinars

Don’t forget to take a look at the latest webinars happening over on Dentistry Study Club. There’s no live webinars scheduled next week, but you can still access our complete back catalogue under the ‘On demand webinars’ tab for free.

Catch up on last week’s news here.

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