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Probe September 23 – ADEC – Protecting your greatest asset with ergonomics – GDC Development Outcome: B,C,D

Course Dates: 8 September 2023 - 8 September 2025
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Course Language: English
Price: FREE

About the Course

On completing this Enhanced CPD session, the reader will:

• Understand why the team is the greatest asset in any dental practice

• Appreciate the true cost of employee turnover

• Gain insight into what influences dental professionals’ health and wellbeing

Realise that choosing ergonomic equipment is one of the most effective ways to show staff appreciation and help safeguard their health.

Course Structure


Dental Design

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Children missed 15 million school days in the past year due to dental problems

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At least one-in-nine children have missed school due to dental problems, with a total of more than 15 million school days missed in the past year, according to data from leading dental provider Denplan, part of Simplyhealth. 

Over a quarter (27%) of parents whose child required emergency dental treatment say their child has missed a half day (3-4 hours) due to emergency dental treatment with one-in-10 reporting full school days were missed due to this, finds Denplan’s Oral Healthcare Report. The data comes as children are reportedly missing more school than ever before. 

The research is from one of the most comprehensive surveys into habits and attitudes in UK dentistry surveying over 5,000 adults on their dental habits and those of their family.  

Today, Denplan, part of Simplyhealth, announces a £100,000 donation to its charity partner Dentaid, which will expand its oral health education programme, BrightBites, to a minimum of 90,000 UK school-aged children.  

Targeting schools, nurseries and clubs for low-income families, volunteers will deliver in-person sessions, with a range of resources including toothbrushing charts, stickers, recipes and healthy teeth leaflets, to educate and inform children about oral health.  

The partnership will also provide teacher resources designed to work alongside the curriculum. And every child will also be provided with a toothbrush and toothpaste to continue their positive oral health journey. 

The BrightBites programme is needed more than ever before. The new data finds a quarter (24%) of parents report their children had not seen a dentist in the past year, including one in 14 (7%) reporting their children had never seen a dentist or haven’t got a dentist. Dentists typically recommend children see a dental professional as soon as their teeth start to appear, so they can provide advice and assess how often they should be seen. 

The repercussions of lack of care are apparent in reported dental health concerns – a sixth (16%) of parents say their children have had a tooth cavity and around one in 10 (9%) report more than one cavity. A cavity is where the tooth has decayed due to build-up of bacteria on the surface, causing damage to the tooth over time, if preventative measures are not taken.  

One in 20 parents report their child has been hospitalised for tooth extraction, which is currently the number one reason for child hospital admissions in the UK. Rates of admission in the most deprived communities are almost 3.5 times that of those living in affluent ones.  

Catherine Rutland, dentist and Clinical Director at Denplan and Simplyhealth, said: “This data is a sad reflection of the state of oral health for children across the country, and the damaging consequences a lack of preventative oral healthcare can have. The research must be viewed in the context of the cost-of-living and ongoing issues around access to NHS dentistry. We encourage the government to start prioritising the oral health of the nation and the vital role dentistry plays. 

“We know that over half of private dentists are treating some children for free. Many dentists – whether private or not – would like the option to see children and vulnerable people in an NHS capacity. Due to the current restraints of the NHS contracts in England and Wales, this is not possible. Private and mixed dentistry has a vital role to play in supporting patients. We’ve got to work together to reform the contracts and ensure children are getting the care they need.” 

Andy Evans, CEO of Dentaid, said: “Oral health education is a key part of everything we do at Dentaid The Dental Charity. This fantastic partnership with Denplan will help us expand our BrightBites programme and deliver these important messages about diet, toothbrushing, teeth and the importance of regular dental care to 90,000 children across the UK.  Many of our projects see us working with families at highest risk of social exclusion and we want to particularly focus our efforts on helping these children to learn about the importance of good oral health so they can get into good habits that will help them keep their teeth and mouths healthy.” 

Reasons to smile 

Despite the shocking data revealing how some children are suffering, the report found that most parents were aware of the importance of looking after their children’s teeth: 87% of respondents agreed that good oral health habits in childhood improve lifelong oral health and more than eight in ten (84%) parents say their children brush their teeth at least twice a day.  

Parents who regularly visit their dentist were most likely to have taken a child in for check-ups in the last six to 12 months (75%), though almost half of those who never visit the dentist themselves had still taken a child. 

Over half of private dentists (51%) have offered children free dental services, according to Finlayson Media Communications’s Dentistry Census 2023.  

Top tips for looking after your children’s teeth 

Denplan’s 2023 Oral Healthcare Report was published on 31 October and is available to read here

CGDent announces new process for non-UK postgraduate qualifications to gain College recognition

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The College of General Dentistry (CGDent) has announced a new process for the consideration of postgraduate qualifications awarded outside the UK in helping determine eligibility for Full Membership, Associate Fellowship and Fellowship.

To date, equivalence for qualifications awarded outside the UK has been determined on a case-by-case basis, with the requirements of each award submitted in support of applications examined individually. However, with an increasing number of applications from dental professionals around the world, a more straightforward and transparent process has now been developed.

In line with the principles of the Lisbon Recognition Convention and Bologna Process, relevant postgraduate awards from recognised Higher Education institutions in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) will now be accepted by default.

However, those submitting postgraduate qualifications awarded by an institution outside of the EHEA will be asked to provide a Statement of Comparability, which can be obtained from the UK National Information Centre for the recognition and evaluation of international qualifications and skills (UK ENIC, formerly UK NARIC) for a small fee.

The EHEA sits apart from the European Union but includes all current EU member states as well as Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia, Iceland, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Russia, Serbia, San Marino, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the UK, almost 50 countries in all.

Membership of the College of General Dentistry marks a dental professional’s commitment to professional development and career progression, and the College accepts all qualified and licensed dental professionals around the world into Associate Membership.

Postgraduate qualifications are required to enter into substantive membership grades.

Applicants for Full Membership must hold the MJDF, MFDS, MFGDP(UK), DGDP or a relevant and accredited Level 7[1] Postgraduate Certificate providing 60 UK credits or an international equivalent[2].

Applicants for Associate Fellowship must hold the MGDS, DPDS, a Specialty Membership of a UK Faculty, one of certain CGDent/FGDP(UK)/RCS Edinburgh-issued diplomas, a relevant and accredited Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma providing 120 UK credits, a relevant Master’s-level qualification providing 180 credits, or a Doctorate.

Most suitable and relevant Postgraduate Diplomas, Master’s degrees and Doctorates are also likely to satisfy one or more of the domains of the ‘by experience’ route to Fellowship of the College, and one or two specific Postgraduate Certificates also contribute.

However, anyone holding the FFGDP(UK), FDS, FFD, FRACDS, FRCDC, FCD(SA), Board Certification from the American Board of General Dentistry, or who holds FCGDent(Hon.) or FFGDP(UK)(Hon.) and meets the standard requirements for admission, is automatically eligible for Fellowship by means of equivalence and need not apply by the ‘experience’ route.

Full details of eligibility for each type of membership are available here.

Yorkshire Orthodontics invests £1m in second practice as part of strategic growth plan

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Private orthodontics provider Yorkshire Orthodontics has opened a new practice in Roundhay, Leeds, to complement its existing one in Otley, West Yorkshire, as part of its strategic growth plan.

Yorkshire Orthodontics was founded in 2017 by four consultant and specialist orthodontists. The new Roundhay practice is on Street Lane within a detached period property with off street parking which was acquired and entirely refurbished as part of a £1m investment by the business.

As with the Otley practice, the Roundhay building features some of the latest dental technology including intraoral scanners and a cone beam CT scanner.

The practice takes referrals from general dentists seeking specialist orthodontic treatments for their patients, as well as accepting self-referrals from the general public.

Commenting on the new practice, Yorkshire Orthodontics partner, Dr Paul Scott, said: “We have a clear strategic growth plan for our business. It is based on opening high-quality, high specification practices in easily accessible locations providing patient-focused treatments delivered by specialists.

“Our Otley practice has proven to be tremendously successful and continues to be so. This has enabled our expansion into a central Roundhay location which allows us to further serve the people and dentists of Leeds and its surrounding areas.

“We are extremely pleased with both the level of interest and number of appointments we have already booked in at Roundhay.

“Our intention is to continue to raise awareness of Yorkshire Orthodontics’ distinct patient-centric approach as we grow the business within our current locations and beyond.”

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