Align Technology to host first Digital Innovations Forum to help futureproof dental profession

Align Technology has announced that it will host its first Digital Innovations Forum on 2nd and 3rd December 2020 from 5pm to 8pm (CET). The two-day virtual meeting will be delivered digitally to bring together an international panel of speakers to showcase the latest thinking about practice-related digital innovations. Their collective aim will be to demonstrate how practitioners can adopt improved digital workflows and more efficient treatment experiences – for their practices and ultimately for their patients.

To date, Align has invested over $1 billion (US) in research and development of its cutting-edge technology, including Invisalign aligners and iTero intraoral scanners to advance solutions for dental professionals and their patients. The company remains focused on elevating practices beyond their current position in their digitization and optimization efforts, assisting in futureproofing the dental profession.

Throughout the Digital Innovations Forum, the roster of speakers will explore why the shift to digital is happening right now, and why embracing digital technology is an essential part of a dynamic business. 

Bo Dahlbom, a lecturer on the importance of digitalisation for business and society, IT professor at the University of Gothenburg, chairman of the board of Activation, and a long-time adviser to the government on IT policy issues, will start the plenary session with an insight into ‘The Digital Revolution and Dental Care’.

Explaining the subject of his lecture, Bo Dahlbom commented: “Dentists could resist digitalisation if the whole profession remained conservative and did not easily embrace technological advances. But this is not reality. To remain ahead of the game, dental practitioners need to benchmark themselves against competition and see how the digital revolution is impacting on them.” He added: “In my keynote, I will talk about the changes in society and the similarities between dentistry and other industries. I will also highlight how powerful companies’ digital platforms shape the future and how Align Technology has this ambition to drive the dental industry forward”.

For more information about the Digital Innovations Forum and to register, please visit

Megan Fairhall running tooth whitening training courses online

Megan Fairhall has been successfully running tooth whitening training course for a number of years, but has launched them online to help DH&DT’s get started with whitening treatments once they are able to return back to work after lockdown, especially as whitening is a non AGP procedure, and therefore could help them reignite their patient engagement.

As well as covering all the theory behind teeth whitening, Megan talks her peers through the practical aspects of the whitening journey. From gaining appropriate prescriptions through to managing individual patient cases and explaining aftercare, for both take-home and chair-side whitening with using Philips ZOOM!  Her ultimate aim is to ensure attendees finish the course confident to play their role in teeth whitening procedures in their practice. Megan also shares her expertise on marketing and social media to empower each delegate to create their own marketing plans and maximise the newly acquired skills to attract new patients. 

On Zoom

The online day course will run via a live Zoom link which course delegates receive upon signing up. 

The online courses are being run in association with Philips Oral Healthcare and are designed to educate Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists.  Next dates for 2020 are Saturday 14th November and Saturday 5th December. Each delegate will also receive a Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush and a certificate for six hours eCPD.

The course costs £299.00.

Megan will be taking a step by step guide to the process of whitening; sharing information about which treatments are available, taking impressions, making home whitening trays, the procedure itself, and finally following patients up.  Megan will also be looking at marketing and social media activities and how to attract patients through the digital channels.

Megan commented: “The business of tooth whitening makes most business sense when every member of the team gets involved. The fact that tooth whitening treatment can be legally and safely provided to the prescription of a dentist does not mean that all necessary steps linked to tooth whitening are incumbent on them to carry out. Dental hygienists and therapists can carry out the whitening itself under the prescription from a dentist and treatment coordinators, dental nurses, practice managers, receptionists, can actively contribute. This creates a collaborative sense of achievement, helps maintain good teamwork spirit, helps the dentist, and ultimately creates all the right ingredients to deliver a flawless experience to the patient”.

For more information and to sign up please visit:

Dentsply Sirona announces Let’s Talk Digital events

As dentistry goes through the pandemic, many dental professionals find themselves wondering what the future is going to look like; and crucially what they should be doing to adapt.

The Covid-19 pandemic has ushered in a new era of digital possibilities. Contactless, widely accessible and constantly evolving to meet every challenge, it has been video calling, online shopping and on-demand entertainment services that have kept us connected, sustained and entertained.

Dentsply Sirona recognises this and are more convinced than ever that digital is also the answer for dentistry. The company has long championed the innovation in digital dentistry and knows that digital workflows can help both dental practices and laboratories run profitable and future proofed businesses.

Now the Dentsply Sirona team has joined forces with a number of leading dental professionals, who have experienced the transformational effects of digital dentistry first-hand, to bring you a series of five, ‘Let’s Talk Digital’ online events.

The free-of-charge online evenings (7 to 8.30pm) will run during October and November 2020, starting with dentist Nik Sisodia and laboratory owner Steve Campbell, who will talk candidly about their own digital transformation. Find out more and register in the links below.

To find out more about Dentsply Sirona’s extensive range of digital solutions please visit

You can visit the online Dentsply Sirona Academy for a wide range of education resources, video tutorials, courses and CPD webinars at

Fourth instalment of Back to Practice webinar series to provide a historical perspective on dental nursing

The British Dental Conference & Dentistry Show has unveiled the 4th edition of the “Back to Practice” webinar series, a digital platform that continues to deliver free support to dental teams during these uncertain times. 

This latest webinar is aimed at dental nursing staff, with an exciting chance for them to win an exclusive prize courtesy of the BADN.

All registrations by midnight tonight (20th August) for the new webinar “Dental Nursing – A Historic Perspective”  will be entered in to a prize draw to win:
*       Blue Orchid Hotels discounted experience vouchers
*       FREE 1 year membership to the British Association of Dental Nurses
*       Bespoke homemade Chocolate brownies
*       Exclusive BADN merchandise

Five lucky winners will be announced during the live webinar this Friday at 3PM!

Dental Nursing – An Historical Perspective

5 lucky winners will be announced live.


Produced in partnership with University of Kent and supported by the BADN  the webinar will aim to provide an insight into the history of dental nursing set within the context of the evolution of dentistry.

Learning Outcomes:

*       Throughout history those conducting dentistry have been assisted.
*       Dental nursing has been a recognised occupation since the end of the 1800.
*       The dental nurses have contributed to wider public health initiatives since the early 1900’s.
*       There is a substantial historical archive documentation charting the challenges experienced in establishing dental nursing in the early years.
*       Sound education and training have underpinned dental nurse practice for over 100 years.

Speakers include:

*       Dr Debbie Reed, EdD, MSc, PGCHE, BA(Hons), Cert Ed, FHEA, Chartered MCIPD, GCGI

This webinar is designed to set Dental Nursing into accurate historical context – tracing Dental Nursing back for at least the past 100 years.

Join the dental community and enjoy free access to our ‘Back to Practice’ resources and webinar series by signing up to our network here:

Why Colour is the Elephant in the Room – Webinar to explore experiences from the dental profession

On Tuesday 21st July at 7pm, FGDP(UK), in collaboration with ProDental CPD and the College of General Dentistry, is hosting a webinar titled Why Colour is the Elephant in the Room, which will take a look at real life experiences of and what we can do about racism in dentistry.

Looking at the response of the dental profession to the Black Lives Matter movement, the webinar aims to provide an honest exploration of racial inequality and prejudice with real life experiences from colleagues working in all areas of dentistry.

Chaired by FGDP(UK) dean Ian Mills, the panel will comprise:

CPD will be available. GDC outcomes: A,B,C,D

To register for the event, follow this link.

Back to Practice webinars return with two-parter on sugarfree gum

The British Dental Conference & Dentistry Show is delighted to invite you to the next installment of its ‘Back to Practice’ webinar series in partnership with Wrigley Oral Healthcare Programme. All members of the dental team are welcome to join this free-to-attend two-part webinar series.

Part one: Chew on this! Does sugarfree gum help prevent caries?

Sponsored by Wrigley Oral Healthcare Programme, this webinar on 21st July at 7pm is led by Professor Avi Banerjee of Kings’ College London, who will consider the role, efficacy and impact of sugarfree gum in minimum intervention oral healthcare. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the minimum intervention approach towards delivering better oral health;
  • Outline the effects of sugarfree gum on oral tissues and their effectiveness in different populations;
  • Discuss the implementation of sugarfree gum in minimum intervention preventive regimes to help combat oral diseases/conditions;
  • Understand the basic formulation, claims and regulatory positioning of sugarfree gum;
  • Describe how sugarfree gum exerts oral health benefits primarily through salivary stimulation;
  • Describe how different sweeteners and active agents might influence efficacy of sugarfree gum;
  • Highlight the range of published studies that have explored the impact of sugarfree gum on oral health;
  • Outline the effects of sugarfree gum on salivary flow.


Part two: Chewing it over! Implementation of sugarfree gum in caries prevention regimes

Taking place 4th August at 7PM, part two will consider the materials and tools needed by dental professionals to support oral health strategies and promote healthy mouths.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identification of practical brief chair side interventions to behaviour change in dental practice;
  • Identification of relevant facilitating factors and barriers to practitioner/patient communication;
  • Identification of strategies to ensure the advice offered by the dental professional is received and recalled by the patient;
  • Seeking the view of practitioners regarding what materials and tools they find useful to support patients to change their behaviour.

By signing-up to this online series, you will have exclusive access to both webinars.

Further details revealed ahead of Allergan Aesthetics’ Spark Talk

As previously reported, medical aesthetics company, Allergan Spark, has created a knowledge hub to provide healthcare professionals with access to real-time business and clinical support online resources, as well as access to events, webinars, and talks. In June, Allergan issued a challenge to healthcare professionals – including dentists – who use the Sparks hub, to video a 30-second pitch about a business-related idea, insight or clinical pearl they would like to share with the profession, ultimately deciding upon the final seven to each deliver a Spark Talk aimed at sparking inspiration and enhancing the knowledge of aesthetic professionals who would like to increase their facial aesthetic offering.

The talks take place on 22nd July at 7pm and will share personal insights including:

  • Why patient retention is the key to a successful business
  • The importance of clinical photography to improve visibility
  • How to maximise initial consultations for optimum patient satisfaction
  • Managing potential risks and emotions to prevent complications
  • Identifying patients it may not be possible to treat

The Spark Talks will focus on different topics, each of interest to aesthetic professionals looking for ways to expand their skills and their practices.

Dr Manav Bawa is an advanced cosmetic doctor, who will be giving his talk about the patient journey. He says: “I hope that my colleagues will take away a few hints and tips to put into practice straight away. Simple things that will really help them move from the blind leading the blind to actually having some structure in place for them to run their own business. To look to achieve those goals and to actually get there.”

All the clinicians are keen to share their expertise, what they have learned, and what they would like to pass on to help those who are keen on expanding their facial aesthetics experience to complement their dental skills.

“In my experience it’s really hard to turn people away for treatment”, says Dr Emma Sloan, an International aesthetics trainer and ‘Expert Injector’, who’s talk will focus on establishing a roadmap to treat difficult cases. “Part of the skill to being an aesthetician is to know who to turn away from a professional point of view, but also if it’s in their best interest. You have to be careful that you always sign post patients to somewhere where they can seek help. It’s really important to handle those cases sensitively.”

Dr Mo and Dr Abdu Nassimizadeh have quickly established impressive reputations both as individuals and collectively within the aesthetic industry. Dr Abdul explains why photography will form the basis of their talk: “Dental photography became a big thing over the last year or two years. Photography in aesthetics is a brilliant way of improving social visibility, but it becomes a minefield for patients if practitioners start editing photos, so it’s important that people learn to take great photos that show their work honestly.”

“The overall aim of my talk is to educate healthcare professionals about patient complications, adds Dr James Olding a GMC-registered doctor training in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. “It will outline why I think regulation is so important, because it will improve patient safety. Complications will always happen, but the issue is recognising and dealing with it.”

To attend the live Allergan Spark Talks on 22nd July at 7pm please register via:

Inaugural GC Europe International MI Congress presents Minimum Intervention Dentistry

In preparation for GC’s 100th anniversary in 2021, the 1st GC Europe International MI Congress took place on 20th June 2020. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the format had to be changed to an online continuing education event. Over 2,000 participants signed up for the live sessions and were able to be a part of a remarkable and successful day.

The Congress consisted of nine sessions on Minimum Intervention Dentistry, informing delegates about the latest scientific and professional strategies to promote responsible decision-making in modern dentistry. Question and answer sessions rounded up the professional exchange to the topics at hand.

Online continuing education is in high demand among dental professionals, especially during the current exceptional circumstances.

Dental professionals and administration teams feel more comfortable utilising the internet to learn about new treatment options, related innovative products as well as application strategies from the comfort of their home or office. The high level of attendance and participation in the Congress webinars throughout the entire day confirmed the increased interest in this alternative format.

The webinars can be accessed on demand at

The Time Bomb of Children’s Oral Health – Upcoming Webinar to Discuss Post-Covid Issues

Eminent dentists, hygienists, academics and a politician are being brought together to discuss current issues around children’s oral health and the challenges arising from Covid-19 as it effects the UK and the rest of the world. In the UK alone, around a quarter of 5 year olds in the UK having had tooth decay and the latest Public Health England figures showing there were 14,545 tooth extractions within this age group. And, the cost of tooth extractions for young children is now approaching £8 million.

A webinar for dentists, hygienists and all those interested in children’s oral health, is being held on Wednesday 24 June at 13.00 UK time. The event is free and you can register via: 

All participants will be eligible for one hour CDP.

Speakers on the webinar will include Sir Paul Beresford, Dentist and MP; Professor Ferranti Wong, Professor of Paediatric Dentistry QMUL and Emma Pacey, Regional Lead for Dental Therapy at Health Education England LaKSS

The webinar is being hosted by Victoria Wilson, Dental Hygienist and Founder of the Smile Revolution and also includes Dr Nigel Carter, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation and Professor Robert Hill Chair of Physical Sciences in the Dental Institute at QMUL.

Richard Whatley, Chief Executive of Biomin Technologies, who is organising the webinar said,” These expert professionals are well placed to discuss the serious issues around oral health for children both currently and in the post Covid world. They will look at the situation from a global perspective covering policy to clinical matters and assess how children’s oral health can be improved.”

The speakers will also consider the Government’s current strategy and how Britain compares to the rest of the world in terms of oral health for children.

“It is estimated there have been 800,000 missed dental appointments, across all ages, in the UK alone due to Covid-19,” said Biomin’s Richard Whatley. “Looking ahead, it is important to not only ensure safe dental treatment but also to come up with strategies to motivate and inspire engagement in oral health among young children.”

The webinar will also look problems areas including hypoplysia and possible solutions including re-mineralising products, such as the new Biomin F for Kids, which could help address children’s oral health. This new toothpaste for children aged three to six, is based on the same clinically proven technology as BioMin F and actively restores and protects children’s teeth, preventing damage.

PPE and RPE: Preparing for return to the Dental Surgery – webinar taking place at 6pm

The British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show is partnering with Dakatra, with support from the British Association of Dental Nurses, to produce a new webinar – PPE and RPE: Preparing for return to the Dental Surgery – this evening at 6pm. Those interested in taking part can register here for free.

Questions will be answered on PPE, RPE Fit Testing and the practicalities of returning to practice. The panel will comprise: Kariem El-Boghdadly, Consultant Anaesthiologist; Samy Darwish, Specialist Periodontist; Tarik Shembesh, Oral Surgeon; Cat Edney, Dental Therapist; Ashvin Babber, Dentist; and Rebecca Silver, Dental Nurse.

The panel aims to discuss the considerations required when using respiratory protective equipment in healthcare settings.

– To discuss the principles of respiratory protection and equipment.
– To differentiate between surgical masks & different types of respirators FFP1, FFP2, FFP3, reusable & loose fitting.
– To describe how this impacts the dental team and dental practice including routines and processes.
– Raise awareness on different employer and employee responsibilities.
– To discuss the potential impact Covid-19 has on the provision of dentistry and the PPE choices for the dental team.

Learning content:
The CPD event is aimed at Dental Professionals and their supporting staff to gain a better understanding of the principles of respiratory protection in the healthcare workplace through sharing guidelines, best practice & our experiences.

Development outcome:
The CPD event meets the criteria for the GDC’s development outcomes B, C & D.