BSDHT Oral Health Conference to host Megan Fairhall talk on career development with teeth whitening treatments

This November, at the BSDHT Oral Health Conference in Bournemouth, Philips is once again sponsoring a presentation by Megan Fairhall, who will address her peers about how they can propel their careers with teeth whitening treatments. The session is taking place on Saturday 25th November between 11.20am and 12.20pm in Room D2.

Commenting about the presentation Megan Fairhall said “I don’t believe there is enough content around career development for Hygienists and Therapists, and I would like to help. I have been very fortunate and have found a lot of satisfaction within my career once I explored other avenues over and beyond the clinical work. Whitening, in particular, has been a revelation and a game changer, and I would be delighted to see more of my peers look into the business of whitening to instil in them a renewed passion for their careers.”

Megan’s towards this journey began when she earned her BSc (Hons) in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy from the University of Portsmouth in 2010. What followed has been a diverse career path that embodies her deep passion for dentistry and commitment to uplift others.  For the past five years she has been become best known for running teeth whitening training courses which not only impart clinic knowledge and skills, but help to empower her fellow Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists to shape their careers and excel.

A recent milestone in Megan’s career trajectory saw her become the sole Dental Hygienist and Therapist on the {my}dentist clinical advisory board. As an extension of this role, she has since been collaborating closely with the company, focusing on implementing and expanding its teeth whitening strategies and protocols throughout their nearly 600 practices.

In the November session, Megan will delve into the advantages of carrying out teeth whitening procedures as a means for DH&Ts to advance their professional careers. She believes that this approach leads to an increase in utilising the scope of practice, heightened positive treatment time, an increase in case acceptance, an improved work life balance and happy confident patients.

Following the presentation Megan hopes that delegates will be able to identify the different teeth whitening treatments, the available UK formulas and laws surrounding teeth whitening, discuss ways in which to implement teeth whitening treatments into their daily practice to propel their career, and apply the knowledge learnt to utilise teeth whitening treatments to increase their patients’ confidence.

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Counting down to the BSDHT’s 75th anniversary with good deeds

On 6 July 2024, the British Society of Dental Hygiene & Therapy (BSDHT) will celebrate its platinum anniversary, and members are set to give something back in the 365 days leading up to it.

Members from each regional group are poised to begin undertaking 75 hours of community support, or voluntary work, which will be reported on throughout the year, plus there are other significant activities in the pipeline, soon to be revealed. 

Speaking about this incredible milestone, Miranda Steeples, BSDHT President, commented: ‘We are so proud to be part of and represent the BSDHT at this incredible moment in time, in terms of the BSDHT’s efforts and successes over the year, as well as our members’ achievements and how far dental care itself has come over the last 75 years.

‘It seemed only right that as we celebrate, we also give back, and that will form the mainstay of our next 365 days, in addition to the amazing things dental hygienists and dental therapists do every day in their professional capacity.’  

The, BSDHT (formerly British Dental Hygienists’ Association – BDHA) was set up in 1949 by a group of 12 dental hygienists who felt the time was right to organise a professional association to represent the interests of their profession. Almost 75 years later, the BSDHT is a nationally recognised body that represents over 4,000 members across the UK and beyond.

Over the years, the BSDHT has worked hard to represent the interests of members and to provide a consultative body for public and private organisations on all matters relating to dental hygiene and therapy. The Society aims to work with other professional and regulatory groups to provide the highest level of information to members as well as to the public.

For example, the BSDHT’s campaigning efforts were integral to the creation of Direct Access in 2013, enabling dental hygienists and dental therapists to see patients directly, removing the requirement to carry out treatments under prescription, or treatment plan, from a dentist, as long as they are trained, competent, and indemnified to do so.

These types of campaigns ensure that the needs of the dental hygiene and therapy community are represented and promoted, while the day-to-day activities of the BSDHT make certain that members feel supported in all aspects of their working life.

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Build confidence in the new skill mix era with the BSDHT

The BSDHT is delighted to announce a brand new, hands-on educational event designed to provide dental hygienists and dental therapists with the tools and confidence to work to their full scope of practice.

The recent initial changes to the NHS dental contract in England allowing dental hygienists and dental therapists to work to their full scope of practice has created many questions and requests for educational opportunities to refresh knowledge and refine skills, to help meet the needs of patients in both NHS and private practice setting.

With this in mind, the BSDHT’s two-part course, ‘Refresh & Refine’, will provide delegates with the opportunity to update their knowledge and refine their skills so that they are able to provide appropriate oral health care for patients within their full scope of practice, in line with the GDC’s ‘Scope of Practice’. 

The theory session, to be hosted online the week before, will cover oral health assessments, diagnosing and treatment planning.

The hands-on sessions themselves will be held face-to-face, and options include fissure sealants, temporary dressings, and re-cementing crowns temporarily, alginate impressions, rubber dam placement and cavity preparations.

Dates and venues are as follows:

  • Saturday 3rd June – Edinburgh International Conference Centre: 9.30 – 2pm. Free entry to the Dentistry Scotland Show afterwards. To book:
  • Saturday 1st July – Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol:  10am – 2pm.  Free entry to the South West Dentistry Show afterwards. To book:

Priced at an incredible £110 and with places limited on this empowering course, book without delay!

The British Dental Conference & Dentistry Show: “always an occasion!” says the BDSHT

The British Dental Conference & Dentistry Show (BDCDS) is the UK’s largest dental event. With a programme that is relevant and focused, thought-provoking and progressive, 10,000 professionals from all over the country visit to enjoy education and networking opportunities, and source products and services from more than 400 exhibitors.

Partnering with the show is the British Society of Dental Hygiene & Therapy (BSDHT). Established since 1949, the BSDHT has a mission to represent the interests of practising dental hygienists, dental therapists and students. It also seeks to provide members and the general public with quality information, to improve standards of oral health.

As an event partner, the BSDHT will be a key contributor to the lectures and learning content in the Hygienist & Therapist Symposium. Also, anyone who wants to know more about the benefits of joining can get their questions answered.

Sharon Broom, the BSDHT’s Director of Operations, says:

“It’s always an occasion at BDCDS! The organisation is second-to-none and we know it’s going to be well-attended.

“As well as introducing our new team, the BSDHT will be talking about our coaching and mentoring programme, and the hands-on event we’re running later this year. We’ll be speaking at the Hygienist & Therapist Symposium, too.

“What’s great for us is that everything is under one roof – delegates, trade, students. We’re really looking forward to seeing everyone there.”

Visit BDCDS to get insight and inspiration from professionals facing the same challenges as you and sharing their solutions. This is what makes this event unmissable, every year – it’s about the whole dental team coming together, to build a better future.

Register you and your colleagues today for your FREE professional passes!

The British Dental Conference & Dentistry Show 2023 will be held on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 May, NEC Birmingham, co-located with DTS.

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The OHC impresses once again

The British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) is thrilled to announce that this year’s Oral Health Conference (OHC) was everything the organisation hoped for and more!

The event in Glasgow was filled with learning, laughter and plenty of chances for delegates to acquire new skills. Plus, the show gave everyone a much-needed chance to reconnect with colleagues, make new friends and, most importantly, see once again why the profession is such an exciting and important part of modern dentistry.

If you would like to find out more about the sessions you didn’t attend or if you simply want to recap some of the best moments from the weekend, please contact the BSDHT for further information.

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Alif Moosajee lecturing at the BSDHT Conference

The flagship event of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT), this year’s show will take place at the SEC in Glasgow on November 26-27.

“I am so excited to be lecturing at the BSDHT. It is a Congress that I thoroughly enjoy to be part of as it is so well organised and I think it adds such a great amount of value to both hygienists and therapists. I am normally invited to lecture on clinical topics but this is an excellent extension of utilising my experience as the Principal of a practice bringing in a new technology and watching how not only the clinician but also the wider team have been so involved in utilising it to improve the patient’s journey and overall experience. 

“The iTero scanner is a fantastic tool for scanning but more importantly for patient communication. It allows the patient to really get on board with the treatment that we recommend but also allows the team to get on board and really understand how we are able to look after our patients using the most cutting edge dental techniques available to us now. Advances in the iTero technology have brought about the NIRI functionality which improves our ability to visualise dental disease like decay and directly communicate that to our patient in a way that allows them to really understand the problem that they have so that they are asking us for the solution rather than us providing one that they can’t relate to nor want. 

“Digital scanning has proved itself to be so valuable in modern dental practice used by dentists, therapists, hygienists and nurses for the betterment of their patients’ treatments and experiences. I look forward to BSDHT delegates joining me to find out more about what the digital revolution is bringing to practice and to the team approach to dentistry, and how their patients can benefit from this fantastic tool.  Five iTero scanners should be available for delegates to obtain their first hands-on experience – and can’t wait for everyone to see how intuitive and simple it is to learn how to scan.”

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There’s still time to register for this year’s OHC!

With November fast approaching, now is the time to book your place at this year’s Oral Health Conference (OHC)!

The flagship event of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT), the OHC is taking place at the SEC in Glasgow on 26 – 27 November and is a must-visit for dental hygienists, dental therapists and students of the profession.

Earn tailored CPD. Catch up with friends and make new connections. Discover some of the latest innovations from leading brands in the field – the OHC is guaranteed to be an exceptional event full of what really matters – networking, learning and getting up to date with the wider industry after so many months apart.

Special rates are available for BSDHT members, students and recently qualified dental professionals – so, why wait?

You can book your ticket online HERE:

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Attention all dental hygienists and therapists – Glasgow is calling this November!

The BSDHT are delighted to be hosting this year’s oral health conference on the 26-27th November at the SEC in Glasgow

Have you been missing out on face-to-face interaction with your peers? How about listening to informative lectures and networking with industry professionals? So you’ll be pleased to hear that this year, the BSDHT will be welcoming back dental hygienists, dental therapists, students, dental nurses and dentists to enjoy their flagship member conference in Glasgow.

Held between 26-27th November in Glasgow, this event promises to be full of exciting opportunities and informative lectures. Across the two days there will be lectures on early intervention, sustainability, periodontics, preserving pulp vitality and much more. In addition to the incredible line-up of speakers, there will also be award presentations, including poster competition winners and a Student of the Year award. There’s also the added bonus of hands-on workshops that give delegates the chance to acquire new practical skills and witness new products and pioneering technologies in real life, rather than on a screen.

Anna Middleton, BSDHT London Regional Group Treasurer and founder of London Hygienist says: ‘I’m so excited for OHC in Glasgow this year. What a wonderful opportunity to be reunited with all my hygiene and therapy colleagues, updating CPD while listening to some great lectures alongside a little exploration of a new City in Glasgow. I can’t wait to see everyone!’

Diane Rochford, President of the BSDHT adds: ‘The BSDHT team and I are beyond excited for the conference this year and call upon all dental hygienists and therapists (both members and non-members of BSDHT) to come and join us. It’s been such a tough year for our profession and we look forward to coming together with this shared experience, to celebrate the start of a new exciting era, learning together, some exceptional lectures and sharing ideas and learnings.’

Don’t miss out! Places are limited and getting booked up very quickly. For your chance to gain 12 hours of CPD, listen to the very best lectures and expand your network, take advantage of the early bird booking deal which expires at the end of October. This offer means you’ll receive a ticket for the two days for £254 as a member, or £326 as a non-member.

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Safe Smiles: new campaign set to champion the benefits of safe dentistry

The British Orthodontic Society and The Oral Health Foundation are launching a new campaign to help patients make safer choices when it comes to their dental treatment

The public awareness campaign, named Safe Smiles, will highlight the benefits of safe dentistry and treatment when carried out in dental practices by trained and registered professionals.

Safe Smiles is a dental sector response to concerns about the growth of direct-to-consumer alternatives, with the campaign’s two organisers worried about patients performing treatments at home – potentially putting themselves in danger.

The campaign was announced at this year’s British Orthodontic Society’s annual conference (16 September) in Manchester, in a joint press conference between the Oral Health Foundation and the British Orthodontic Society.

Recent research by the Oral Health Foundation reveals one-in-four (25%) UK households have opted for some form of DIY dentistry during lockdown.

The nationwide study also shows over half (55%) of adults feel they have neglected their teeth during lockdown. Around one-in-seven (15%) admit to not brushing their teeth as much as before the pandemic.  One-in-five (20%) are eating unhealthier foods, and more than one-in-ten (11%) have been drinking more alcohol. 1

Dr Nigel Carter, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation is worried the potential decline in oral health status may lead to poor consumer choices, with many favouring shortcuts and attracted by direct-to-consumer alternatives.

Dr Carter says: “We are really concerned by evidence suggesting the UK’s oral health habits have declined during the pandemic. Symptoms associated with dental disease – mainly pain and changes in visual appearance – are leading patients to seek quick and cheap home cosmetic treatments advertised online. This is a great cause for concern and one of the key driving forces behind Safe Smiles.

“Dental treatment of any kind must involve face-to-face contact with a trained clinical professional inside the dental practice. This is to ensure patient safety and the most effective treatment.  It is important that the profession continues to champion safe dentistry and advise patients against direct-to-consumer treatments and alternatives shared on social media.

“When carried out correctly, cosmetic dental treatment can give patients the white, straight and confident smile they have always dreamed about. Safe Smiles will make sure patients are given the very best advice about the safest and most effective way to have dental treatment.”

Further findings from The British Orthodontic Society suggest that adults have become more conscious of their smile during lockdown. Over half of orthodontists (60%) say they have seen a larger than expected demand for treatment during the pandemic. It is suspected those affected could be looking for solutions to treat dental problems and improve the appearance of their smile.  

Speaking at the launch of the campaign, Anshu Sood, Director of Clinical Practice at the British Orthodontic Society, says: “We’re delighted to be extending our long-standing campaign with the Oral Health Foundation. It’s heartening to see overwhelming endorsement from the dental sector. This couldn’t be more timely. Our recent stats revealed the pandemic has seen a rise in the number of people seeking orthodontic treatment. With this demand comes a growth in online companies offering treatments.

“Embarking on treatment without seeing a suitably trained clinician could result in serious conditions being missed or dangerous treatment carried out. We want to ensure patients have the very best advice about the safest and most effective way to have treatment. We know that, when carried out correctly, orthodontic treatment can have a positive and life-changing impact.”  

Data shows that more than four-in-five (84%) UK adults want to change something about their smile. Over the next year, more than one-in-three (35%) are thinking about having their teeth whitened while around one-in-six (16%) are considering orthodontic treatment. 1

Safe Smiles will be asking all patients considering treatments to visit dental practices in the UK and have treatment carried out by clinicians registered with the GDC.

The campaign will tackle the dangers associated with dental tourism, inappropriately fitting mouthguards bought online, as well as harmful aesthetic changes to the mouth like lip tattoos, oral piercings, tooth jewellery, modifications and grillz.

The new campaign is being supported by Align Technology and has gathered support from across the dental world. The campaign has already received endorsement from the British Dental Industry Association, British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, British Dental Bleaching Society, British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy, British Association of Dental Nurses, and British Association of Dental Therapists.

Edmund Proffitt, BDIA Chief Executive, says: “The British Dental Industry Association is delighted to be supporting Safe Smiles. With ever growing interest in cosmetic dental work, the dental industry feels that it is very important that patients can achieve a healthy smile in a safe environment. Be it orthodontic work, tooth whitening or any other aesthetic dental treatment, working with trained dental professionals within a dental practice is a great way to get safe and effective treatment.

“With some unsafe and unregulated online and ‘do-it-yourself’ treatments available, and unfortunately, a number of unregulated practitioners offering treatments, we thoroughly recommend that patients engage directly with dental professionals to get the best, safest healthy smile.”

Jacqui Elsden, BADN President: “We’re thrilled to be supporting safe smiles. With the rise in popularity of unsafe do it yourself treatments and unregulated providers, we hope that this campaign will help patients become more aware of these dangers and think twice before they purchase them. We recommend that patients engage in this initiative and take steps to safely pursue treatment options.”

Zaki Kanaan, Chairman of the British Dental Bleaching Society: “There is no doubt that one of the most common cosmetic dental procedures that is carried out routinely in dental practices is tooth whitening. Done properly, by a dental care professional, tooth whitening is one of the least invasive ways to improve one’s smile. This popularity has led to the growth of direct-to-consumer options that often get around the legality by using non-peroxide based products that not only have little to no efficacy in whitening one’s teeth but many OTC products are in fact harmful to teeth and their surrounding structures. Members of the public seeking OTC products are leaving themselves open to harm with virtually no recourse when things go wrong.  Over many years at The British Dental Bleaching Society we have been striving to highlight to the public this exact issue and we therefore fully support The Safe Smiles Campaign.”

A special toolkit has been created to help dental professionals support the campaign and share the importance of safe dentistry.

The toolkit is available on the campaign website at


  1. ORAL HEALTH FOUNDATION (2020) ‘National Dental Survey’ Atomik Research. UK. Sample 2,004.

BSDHT issues statement on GDC’s introduction of ARF instalment plan

The British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) welcomes the decision taken by the General Dental Council, introducing an option to pay the Annual Retention Fee (ARF) in instalments.

The pandemic has been a difficult time financially for many dental professionals, so this new option to split the payment into four, more manageable, quarterly direct debits of £28.50 for dental hygienists and dental therapists is likely to make a considerable difference for a number of individuals.

The Society is glad that the regulator has listened to the concerns of the BSDHT and its members, and has made this more flexible option available. Hopefully this measure will make a difference for many dental hygienists and dental therapists and in the future.

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