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SDI – SDF: Effective treatment for more than just hypersensitivity GDC Development Outcome C

Course Dates: 23rd October 2020 - 23rd October 2022
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Who can Enroll: Anyone
Course Language: English
Price: FREE

About the Course

• The potential of dental caries and dentinal hypersensitivity to cause oral health issues in both adults and children.

• How SDF can provide a solution in relation to dentinal hypersensitivity and dental caries.

• How the addition of potassium oxide can solve the problem of staining when using SDF.

• The role of SDF in providing an effective, non AGP treatment in the era of COVID-19

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Oral Health Foundation appoints Mhari Coxon as new president

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Mhari Coxon has been revealed as the new president of the Oral Health Foundation. Mhari has worked in dentistry from 1992-2010, with a portfolio of career progression across dental practices, associations, faculties, and hospital environments.

Mhari remains a registered dental hygienist, moving to a second career in healthcare marketing in 2010, and is currently Healthcare and Prescription Marketing Strategy Lead for Northern Europe at Johnson & Johnson. Mhari is also a member at the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

With a longstanding passion for oral healthcare, Mhari was officially appointed on 6 December when the board of trustees met at the Royal Society of Public Health.

Mhari believes the charity continues to have a key role helping to create healthier communities and reduce to harm caused by dental disease.

Mhari says: “In the past two years, the way in which we view our health has changed drastically, yet rates of tooth decay, gum disease and mouth cancer continue to climb, and we are still seeing disparities across the country with access issues continuing to pose a problem for many people.

“As an organisation we’re regarded as one of the leading voices on oral health in the UK. During my presidency, I hope to shape and build upon this and use our position to help influence how the public view their oral health, how they connect it to their overall health, and empower them to get familiar with their oral health, encouraging early detection of disease and pushing the power of prevention.

“I look forward to supporting the charity to achieve its’ full potential and helping more people have better oral health.”

Mhari becomes the charity’s 13th president, taking over from Manchester-based dentist Ben Atkins.

“I’d like to acknowledge the work done by Ben Atkins in leading the board over the last two years,” Mhari adds. “Being president of the charity throughout the pandemic is not a small task and the work which he has done during this time leading the Oral Health Foundation is exceptionally admirable.”

Ben Atkins, who remains on the charity’s board of trustees, was keen to welcome Mhari as president: “I am sad to be ending my term as president, but I am confident that Mhari will do a fantastic job. She brings a lot of valuable experience to the Oral Health Foundation, and I am looking forward to seeing what she will bring to the role.”

Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, adds: “We’re looking forward to having Mhari start her term as president. Everyone here at the Oral Health Foundation is so proud of what we have achieved over the past two years, and we have navigated the challenges we faced to the best of our ability. We also know that with Mhari’s expertise, we will be able to promote our key message of Better Oral Health  for all’ to even more people and help everyone to become more mouthaware.”

At the same event, Georgios Tsakos was welcomed onto the Oral Health Foundation’s board of trustees. Georgios is Professor in Dental Public Health at University College London and Chair of the Platform for Better Oral Health in Europe.

The Board was sad to say farewell to two Trustees who reached the end of their term, Tracy Posner and Prof Liz Kay who preceded Ben as President of the organisation.  Both had contributed greatly to the Foundation’s recent success and will be sadly missed.

Dentsply Sirona and 3Shape expand their strategic partnership with seamless connectivity for dentists and dental labs

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Dentsply Sirona’s intraoral Primescan and Omnicam scanners now integrate directly with 3Shape’s lab software, delivering better workflows and patient outcomes.

Dentsply Sirona and 3Shape have taken the next step according to their agreement and now provide a seamless and secure integration of Dentsply Sirona’s Connect Case Center with 3Shape’s Dental System software. Dentists using Primescan or Omnicam intraoral scanners for digital impression-taking can now give dental labs secure access to the data through the Connect Case Center Portal. That makes it easy and efficient for dental technicians using 3Shape’s software to work more closely with their dental practice partners.

The new interfaces are available to dental laboratories that use 3Shape’s Dental System and have upgraded to Version 2021.2.

“I always want to give a patient the treatment I feel is best for them. When companies like Dentsply Sirona and 3Shape choose to work together, it gives all dentists and lab owners more opportunities, and that means better outcomes for our patients,” said Dr. Alan Jurim, owner of integratedDENTAL (Woodbury, NY).

With integrated hardware and software, even highly complex treatments can be efficiently planned and executed. Simplifying digital workflows results in a closer working relationship between labs and their dentist partners.

Dr Sabrina Hoffmann

“Digital impressions facilitate communication. After scanning I can discuss the digital model directly with my patient. And because I now can communicate with the lab technician seamlessly, I can share the planned outcome with my patient much quicker – and that is a benefit to the patient that matters,” said Dr. Sabrina Hoffmann, a dentist in Buerstadt, Germany. “What we are experiencing today is truly the dentistry of the future.”

Last June, both companies announced an agreement between the two companies designed to improve digital dentistry and oral health. The goal is to support the dental community through the evolution of efficient, simplified, and digitally oriented workflows for dentists and dental technicians. As a first step, users of 3Shape’s TRIOS intraoral scanner gained validated and seamless access to Dentsply Sirona’s SureSmile Clear Aligners platform, which makes it much easier for 3Shape’s customers to offer patients a leading solution for treating malocclusions.

Both companies are now focusing on expanding customer access to an even wider range of technology choices.

More information about Primescan is available on the Dentsply Sirona Website:

More information about 3Shape’s Lab software is available on the 3Shape website:

Due to the different approval and registration times, not all technologies and products are immediately available in all countries.

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.