Gemma Forsythe

Gemma Forsythe

Author at Dentistry Online


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How can the dental team prevent the spread of STIs?

This month, Gemma Forsythe discusses the STIs you can spot during a check-up, their symptoms and how to approach the topic with patients. Share love, not infections. Something that is important to be aware of, but won’t be discussed much due to the stigma surrounding the subject, is sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in relation to…

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Dental nursing – an invisible role?

Gemma Forsythe discusses how dental nursing is overshadowed and unrecognised – despite its crucial role in patient care and general running of the practice. The dental field in general is definitely underrated in healthcare. Despite our vital role, the contributions of dental nurses can go unnoticed a lot of the time, often overshadowed by the…

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Addressing stress and pressure in dental nursing

From burnout to staff-shortages, this month Gemma Forsythe highlights the daily struggles of dental nurses and typical symptoms of stress. Dentistry is a high pressure and (sometimes) stressful sector to work in. For dental nurses, a lot of us feel under pressure, under-appreciated and burnt out at work, whether this is due to being short-staffed,…

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I’m a qualified dental nurse… what now?

Gemma Forsythe discusses the ‘endless opportunities’ for career development as a dental nurse, and how to make the right decision for you. Here we are in 2024 already! A new year for many people means new goals. And for those who have recently qualified as a dental nurse, this could mean undertaking an additional course.…

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Tackling stress and shortages in dental nursing

Give me a break! Gemma Forsythe discusses the many pressures of dental nursing, such as the inability to take breaks, staff shortages, and burnout. A survey was conducted by Dental Protection of over 1,300 dental professionals in the UK and the results have now been published.  Around 35% of dental professionals are unable to take…

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Addressing menopause in the dental practice

This month, Gemma Forsythe discusses how dental practices can create an open and supportive environment for women experiencing menopause symptoms. Menopausal women are the fastest-growing demographic in the workforce, so it’s important now more than ever to be able to speak openly about menopause at work.  Many women find it very challenging to talk about…

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Domestic abuse: is it any of our business in dentistry?

For Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October, Gemma Forsythe talks to Preetee Hylton about the signs of domestic abuse and why dental professionals need to understand them. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and this is a very important issue to highlight. Preetee Hylton RDN discusses the signs to look out for, organisations to signpost…

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From dental nurse to client experience manager: finding your strengths

Gemma Forsythe chats to Chloe Phillips about her journey from trainee dental nurse to client experience manager, and the importance to finding your strengths. Through my Nursing Matters column, I hope to educate, engage and inspire dental nurses. This month I caught up with Chloe Phillips, a client experience manager for both Lion Dental and…

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Let’s talk dental therapy

Following Rishi Sunak’s proposal to increase training places for dental therapists, Gemma Forsythe talks to Lauren Long about her experience as a therapist, and the public and profession’s perception of the role. Recently, during a press conference unveiling the 15 year NHS Workforce Plan, in particular discussing dentistry reform, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak suggested that…

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Nursing Matters – why are dental nurses leaving the profession?

This month, Gemma Forsythe discusses the dental nursing recruitment crisis and her advice for both practice owners and dental nurses during this worrying time.  It is no secret that there is a dental nursing recruitment and retention crisis in the UK. There are a number of reasons that contribute to this. Today I am going…

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Nursing matters – caring for stroke survivors

To mark Stroke Awareness Month this May, Gemma Forsythe explains how dental professionals can adapt the patient experience for stroke survivors during their appointments. The Stroke Association has designated May as their annual Stroke Awareness Month – otherwise known as ‘Make May Purple’. Their aim is to increase the awareness of stroke, stroke prevention and…

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Nursing Matters – The Molar Mindset: the new wellbeing platform for dental nurses

With many nurses currently feeling undervalued, Gemma Forsythe talks to a co-founder of Molar Mindset, a new platform designed to support them with their wellbeing, about the services it offers and her own experiences with her mental health. This month I caught up with Marisa Russell, the co-founder, along with Heidi Grimwood, of The Molar…

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Nursing Matters – dental nurses deserve more recognition

To mark National Dental Nurses Day, Gemma Forsythe reflects on how integral nurses are to the dental team and why they deserve more appreciation.  National Dental Nurses Day is 22 November. So, this month’s Nursing Matters column will be celebrating us dental nurses. I also have a little surprise at the end of this article!…

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Nursing Matters – opening up conversations about alcohol intake

In light of ‘Sober October’, Gemma Forsythe discusses the importance of opening up conversations about alcohol consumption. This month’s topic highlights the importance of opening up conversations about patients’ alcohol intake in general dental practice.  What better month to talk about alcohol than ‘Sober October’? It is now commonly asked on medical history forms to…


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