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…

Female representation in the dental profession

female dentist

Despite making up at least half of the profession, representation of female dentists as speakers, board members and social media influencers remains stubbornly low. Is it because female dentists don’t want to put themselves in these positions? Or is there a more serious problem within the profession? Jayne Sproson gives us her thoughts and includes some powerful anonymous quotes and experiences from those working in dentistry.

Dental labs need immediate help and support to avoid ‘catastrophic’ losses

dental labs technician working

Dental labs are often the forgotten team member. And this has certainly been the case during the COVID-19 pandemic. Steve Taylor describes dental labs’ perilous position as ‘catastrophic’. If our dental labs don’t receive some support/work soon, practices may well have to start looking abroad for their crowns and bridges.

Dental profession questions ‘discrepancies’ in advice for dentistry and gyms


running on treadmill at the gym

Much has been said about the stringent regulations for dental practices. But gyms seem to have escaped many of the same requirements, despite exercising, ‘breathing and spluttering’ on equipment for perhaps 30 minutes or more. Gaby Bissett spoke to IDA Wales about the differing standards between gyms and dental practices.

How COVID-19 affected dentistry around the world

COVID in dentistry

This week we spoke to dentists from around the world to hear their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. From the USA to the UAE and some countries in Europe too, here’s how dentists have dealt with the virus across the globe.

More than 10 million dental appointments delayed due to COVID-19

booking dental appointments

We’re now starting to see some of the fallout from lockdown. The BDA estimates a 10 million backlog of appointments due to dental practices shutting down.

Fewer patients receiving NHS dental treatment in the UK

Fewer patients are receiving treatment from NHS dental practices, according to newly-released statistics

Add to this the latest NHS statistics that show fewer patients are receiving NHS treatment in the UK in 2019-20, and the impact on patients’ oral health could be huge.

The straight and narrow – planning for winter

straight and narrow COVID-19

And finally in this month’s Straight and Narrow column, Emma Laing explains why it’s important to start preparing for winter now, with a potential second COVID-19 wave on the horizon.

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, Regenerate

Have you signed up to the Online Dentistry Show yet? With a leading line up of speakers, this virtual exhibition is next week! Make sure you sign up now. You can even book appointments with exhibitors to make your time as efficient as possible. This week we introduced:

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

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