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Probe November 21 – Waterpik – Women’s oral health at different stages of her life GDC Development Outcome: C

Course Dates: 17th November 2021 - 17th November 2023
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Who can Enroll: Anyone
Course Language: English
Price: FREE

About the Course

• To appreciate the oral health concerns specific to female patients

• To understand the profound impact that hormones can have at different times of a woman’s life

• To understand the importance of communication and empathy, for successful oral health promotion and improved outcomes.

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Colgate and ODRT celebrate DCP Research Awardees

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A luncheon was held on 3rd  November to celebrate the 2021 recipients of the Robin Davies DCP Awards. The luncheon held at The Hallam Conference Centre, London, was attended by leaders in dentistry from all over the country.  

These awards, unique to DCPs, are offered via a partnership between The Oral and Dental Research Trust (ODRT) and Colgate®. A maximum of 4 awards of up to £5000 each, is offered for research conducted by dental care professionals to support investigations of clinical relevance, particularly in the field of preventive care.

The Keynote speaker, Sara Hurley, Chief Dental Officer, England, said: “These are extraordinary times, in which our award winners have forged new ways of working and not one of us should underestimate their investment of personal capital in powering through.  Just as the award winners have had to adapt to change the profession has also adapted and we still face the varying nature of an uncertain threat.  As we continue to deal with the here and now the Dental Care Professional recipients of the Colgate and the Oral & Dental Research Trust awards remind us that we really shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that the amazing endeavours over the last year are tangible proof of what the profession is made of. For me these awards rightly laud these exemplar Dental Care Professionals for their aptitude and attitude to add real momentum to the pace of transformation from 20th century dentistry to 21st century dental care, improving patient care and patient outcomes.

Professor Nairn Wilson, former Chair, Director & Trustee of ODRT invited the 2021 awardees to outline their winning proposals:

Rebecca Laws, Dental Therapist

Rebecca is investigating if oral cancer should become a mandatory continual professional development (CPD) topic for dental professionals. Rebecca shared that her research award will contribute towards her overall fund to allow her to carry out her research in this important area. Although Rebecca’s research proposal was initially designed pre COVID, she has since adapted her protocol to complete this research in a post- COVID era, including liaising remotely with the study participants.

Samia Turkistani, Dental Nurse

Samia is investigating the impact of COVID-19 on dental nurses’ professional practice. Samia shared that the Robin Davies award would allow her to explore dental nurses’ knowledge, attitudes, practise, and confidence when performing routine duties in the light of the updated infection and prevention control guidelines, especially what was impeding and facilitating their role when it came to assisting in aerosol-generating procedures.

Ashwaq Al-Kahtani, Dental Hygienist

Ashwaq is investigating the salivary biomarkers in Type 2 diabetes (T2D) in association with dental caries. Ashwaq mentioned the award will provide the opportunity to add valuable data to her clinical research while enhancing her knowledge and laboratory skills in attaining this. She also shared that the award allows for a better chance of establishing a possible association between diabetes, saliva and dental caries risk and raising awareness of ‘Oral Health for General Health’ within healthcare workers and diabetes patients.

Professor Wilson commented: “As ever, all awardees have shown great professionalism and justifiable success with their fantastic award submissions. The Robin Davies research awards are unique globally in providing research support for DCPs and this luncheon is a wonderful opportunity to recognise research designed and delivered by DCPs. As a trustee of the ODRT it is an honour and a privilege to come together with Colgate once again and celebrate the success of the 2021 awardees.”

Colgate® and The Oral & Dental Research Trust are pleased to invite applications for the 2022 Robin Davies Research Awards. Please visit to find out more and download an application form. Applications should be received by Friday 4th February 2022.

Rodericks Dental acquires pair of profitable Swansea dental practices

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Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, has announced the sale of two dental practices owned by Gower Healthcare in Swansea, South Wales.

Both practices are located in strong suburban areas. Pentrepoeth dental practice is situated in the centre of Morriston, a busy residential suburb on the outskirts of the city of Swansea, and Chapel Street dental practice sits in the heart of The Mumbles, a highly sought-after town on the edge of the Gower peninsula, west of the city of Swansea.

Gower Healthcare was owned by Principal Dentist, Dr Allison Walker, and her husband, Mr Geraint Jones. Dr Walker is a well-known and established dentist in South Wales and has developed this excellent business over the years. The pair felt that now would be a good time to hand it over to a group owner who can develop the practices further.

After running a confidential sale process and receiving a number of offers for Gower Healthcare, Rodericks Dental was chosen as the ideal new home for the business. Rodericks Dental is the fourth largest dental corporate in the UK, with a number of practices in South Wales including in the Swansea area.

Dr Walker comments, “Having owned the business and developed it over the years it seemed the ideal time to become part of a larger organisation. I am looking forward to working with the Rodericks team and growing the business further over the coming years.”

Speaking on behalf of Rodericks Dental, Chief Executive Officer, Gareth York, comments, “We are delighted to welcome Gower Healthcare to the Rodericks Group and are sure it will help strengthen our position in South Wales. It has been a pleasure working with Geraint and Alison during the process and we extend a warm welcome to all of the team at both practices. Thanks also to Christie & Co for the professional way they have handled things, as always.”

Simon Hughes, Managing Director at Christie & Co, who handled the sale, comments, “Gower Healthcare is a great business which attracted a lot of interest from a variety of buyers in such a buoyant market. I am delighted to have represented Allison and Geraint in the sale and congratulations to them and the team at Rodericks Dental. I am sure the practice is in very safe hands and will go from strength to strength.

“The dental market in South Wales is increasingly sought after, particularly for larger mixed or private practices. There are a number of acquisitive groups based in Wales who are looking to increase their presence, as well as buyers moving in from England.”

Gower Healthcare was sold for an undisclosed price.

Ross Brooke Dental joins NASDAL

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Ross Brooke Dental, specialist dental accountants and business advisors, have joined the National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants (NASDAL). Linda Giles, the founder of RBD, and her colleague Nathan Poole have been warmly welcomed into the dental-specialist association.

With close to 50 years of combined experience of working with and for dentists and orthodontists, Linda and Nathan have had a long association with NASDAL. They met when they both worked at a NASDAL accountancy firm, Dental Business Solutions.

Since then, Linda ran her own firm, Linda Giles Profit and Planning, dedicated to providing accounting, tax and business advice for the dental profession. Nathan, meanwhile, continued to work with dentists while also gaining experience working for one of the top 40 accountancy firms in the UK.

In 2020 they began working together servicing a nationwide dental client base, at new firm Ross Brooke Dental, under the umbrella of the Thames Valley accountancy firm, Ross Brooke.

Both recognise the power of the NASDAL brand and the value of information sharing, particularly for the annual benchmarking statistics.

Nathan, who will be representing Ross Brooke Dental at the twice-yearly NASDAL meeting said: “It’s great to be back within NASDAL. The power of information sharing in the interests of our client dentists cannot be under-estimated.”

Nick Ledingham, Chairman of NASDAL, said: “NASDAL is the pre-eminent centre of excellence for accounting, tax and legal matters concerning dentists. Its members are required to pass strict admission criteria, and it regulates the performance of its members to ensure high standards of technical knowledge and service. I am delighted to welcome Ross Brooke Dental into NASDAL and feel sure they will add great value to our association.”