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  • GDCwrites press article on ARF rise

    GDC Chief Executive and Registrar, Evlynne Gilvarry, has written an article for the dental press on its recent decision to raise the ARF. She says that the additional funds raised in 2015 will help to ensure that the GDC meets the challenge of making the improvements necessary to be ‘a Read More
  • BDAit’s time for blanket HPV vaccinations

    The British Dental Association (BDA), as a member of the HPV Alliance, is urging the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to consider blanket immunisation against human papillomavirus (HPV). Dr Graham Stokes, Chair of the BDA Health and Science Committee, said they welcomed this indication that the JCVI is Read More
  • Dentistrysupports antibiotic awareness day

    In support of European Antibiotic Awareness Day on the 18th November, the FGDP(UK) has made the entire text of “Antimicrobial Prescribing For General Dental Practitioners” freely available to view on its website ( until the end of the month. Dr Graham Stokes, Chair of the BDA Health and Science Committee Read More
  • Nottinghamdental patient recalls cause media storm

    Since June 2014 NHS England in Nottinghamshire has been working with Public Health England to investigate apparent breaches of infection control procedures by a dentist in Nottinghamshire. BDA’s John Milne said: “There is absolutely no excuse for putting patients at risk. We champion the highest standards in dentistry, and rigorous Read More
  • JudicialReview Court date announced

    The date for the Judicial Review hearing called by the British Dental Association [BDA] against the decision made by the General Dental Council [GDC] has been set for Monday December 15th. This was announced in an email to BDA members.The GDC wished for this to be delayed but the BDA Read More
  • CDOEngland to retire

    NHS England have announced today [Friday October 31st] that Chief Dental Officer, Barry Cockcroft CBE, has decided to step down in early 2015.NHS England’s National Medical Director, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, said:  “Barry has made a huge contribution to dental health during his time as Chief Dental Officer, especially with Read More
  • BDAsJudicial Review is fast-tracked

     The British Dental Association (BDA) has announced this morning [October 30th 2014] that its application for ‘rolled-up’ judicial review proceedings against the dental regulator has been granted.News comes on the day members of the General Dental Council (GDC) will gather to decide on the future of the disputed Annual Retention Read More
  • BDASix points to reject ARF hike

    The British Dental Association (BDA) has written to the General Dental Council (GDC) to call on it to reject all three proposed options for a rise in the annual retention fee (ARF) ahead of its meeting on Thursday. It has outlined six reasons for members to vote against the three tabled Read More
  • Warningover change to National Insurance

     The way that National Insurance Contributions are paid by the self-employed is set to change in the  2015-2016 tax year. Bob Cummings, tax specialist for NASDAL, said the change was announced in the 2014 budget and is still going through parliament. However, the current six monthly billing system will cease Read More
  • Southamptonfluoridation plans scrapped

    Public Health England (PHE) has abandoned plans to fluoridate the water supply in Southampton as the measure has not received backing from the City Council. PHE chief executive Duncan Selbie said: "Water fluoridation would make a big difference to the dental health of Southampton children, particularly those in the most Read More
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The GDPUK Blog

  • The Untouchables v The Scapegoat

    No one with anything to do with dentistry could have escaped from the news in Nottinghamshire this week about the cross infection standards at a practice there over the years. This is my neck of the woods, so I can perhaps write with a little more insight than others who are out of the area.The comp ...

    by Simon Thackeray
    Monday, 17 November 2014
  • Referrals

    Shifting the blame. A guide to dental referrals


    by DentistGoneBadd
    Monday, 17 November 2014
  • Reaching Comet 67P - Great achievement by the human race

    What a great testament to the powers of humanity is the Rosetta comet chaser and viewing project. Not only a great success for the co-operative that is the European Space Agency, but for mankind., and an advertisement for human teamwork. Launched way back in March 2004, this craft has used a few sli ...

    by Tony Jacobs
    Friday, 14 November 2014
  • Politicians please note: Lay regulators do not work

    Disastrous events have and will still occur in dentistry, despite being, in the UK, the most over-regulated profession. But my question in this "open-letter" blog is not just about the right touch of the regulators, but about who runs and who controls the regulators. In the good old days, the reg ...

    by Tony Jacobs
    Thursday, 13 November 2014
  • Crystal balls

    Welcome to the new world then   Have you cancelled your Direct Debit?   Load your quill pen. Cancel your Direct debit and write a cheque for £890 :  for the GDC need your money in order for Mr “What is Regulation?” Moyes to stay at his club and for the GD ...

    by Enamel Prism
    Wednesday, 12 November 2014
  • The Tongue

    The Tongue - Why?


    by DentistGoneBadd
    Monday, 10 November 2014
  • Acronyms



    by DentistGoneBadd
    Monday, 03 November 2014
  • Are we comfortable with that?

    I wasn’t going to write any more GDC related blogs for a while, as I don't want to be seen as a one trick pony, but the situation with the GDC is the singular most important thing to have affected our existence as a profession, and continues to have more twists and turns than a white knuckle roller ...

    by Simon Thackeray
    Friday, 31 October 2014
  • Epidemiology - Will that come up in Finals?



    by DentistGoneBadd
    Monday, 27 October 2014
  • GDC – Last chance saloon ?

     But last chance for whom?Good morning worker bees. Get you cheque books ready.  It looks like £890 is the scrap of ARF meat being fed to the lambs that are called the Council, led by Cruella deVil’s partner in professional fur-fights, Chairman Bill.You should have all received yet another ...

    by Enamel Prism
    Monday, 27 October 2014
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  • Trauma to primary teeth is relatively common. As the developing permanent teeth are closely related and trauma to primary teeth could adversely affect the permanent successor. This review looked for studies to assess this relationship. Only 17 low quality studies were identified and while they suggest a relationship the low quality means that the findings should be interpreted with caution. The post Primary tooth trauma may be associated with developmental disorders in the permanent successors suggests review appeared first on The Dental Elf.

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