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…

Calls for GDC to stop overseas dentists registering as hygienists

The dental profession is calling for GDC action on the registration of overseas dentists as hygienists and therapists without any practical assessment

This week I learnt that if an overseas dentist fails the overseas registration exam, it’s not a problem! They can still register with the GDC as a hygienist and therapist without any assessments. No wonder many hygienists and therapists feel undervalued. The BADT and BSDHT says this is creating an obvious risk to patients and is calling for the GDC to make changes.

My brush with death in the COVID ward and the road to recovery

Tony Jacobs after contracting COVID-19

We’re all beginning to learn how to live our lives with COVID-19 existing in the background. But occasionally we still hear harrowing reminders of what the virus can do. This week Tony Jacobs reflects on his near-death experience and how, four months on, he’s still suffering with the side effects.

Dental profession responds to government plans to scrap PHE

The dental profession has spoken out in response to government plans to scrap Public Health England (PHE)

Public Health England seems to be one of the government’s COVID-19 scapegoats after it announced plans to abolish the agency. But is this really the right time, in the middle of the pandemic? We hear your thoughts on the plans.

10 steps back to practice after COVID-19 – growing revenue in practice


It’s the final part of our 10 steps back to practice after COVID-19 series, where leaders around the profession touch on 10 separate areas practices might want to consider. This week:

Tooth whitening 101

tooth whitening

New to tooth whitening? Thinking of introducing it in your practice or expanding your skillset? This week we’ve run a daily guide giving readers everything they need to know about whitening. Catch up here:

If at first you don’t succeed…are A-level results the be all and end all?

Emma Arjemandfar

The A Level fiasco wasn’t far from the headlines this week. We heard from Emma Arjemandhar and Yewande Oduwole about their less than straight forward route into dentistry.

Government lifts cap for dentistry students at universities

The UK government has lifted the cap on dentistry places at universities amidst the chaos of A Level results

Following the confusion, the government announced a lift on the cap of dentistry places for students in universities. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

Win Apple AirPods with the Colgate five-day biofilm challenge

Today is the final day to take part in Colgate’s five-day biofilm challenge. Challenge yourself against colleagues and you could even win a pair of Apple AirPods!

Latest webinars

Coming this September, the Online Dentistry Show is putting on the very first virtual exhibition in UK dentistry with support from gold sponsors, Dental Protection

Have you signed up to the Online Dentistry Show yet? With a leading line up of speakers, this virtual exhibition is something you won’t want to miss. This week we introduced:

You can also browse through our complete back catalogue of webinars over on the Dentistry Study Club.

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