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  • BDAslams GDC performance

    The British Dental Association (BDA) has issued a strong response to the Professional Standards Authority’s (PSA) recent annual report on the General Dental Council (GDC). BDA Chair Mick Armstrong, said: “Yet again GDC registrants must acknowledge that they are being regulated by the worst health regulator in the UK.  It Read More
  • GDClabelled worst of all regulators

    The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) has published its annual report on the regulators it oversees (including the GDC). It found that the GDC did not meet not meet eight (of ten) of the Standards of Good Regulation. The report says: “As in previous years, we have identified continuing concerns about Read More
  • KevinLewis speaks out on Which report about access to NHS dentists

    Kevin Lewis said it  was deeply disappointing to see public confidence in their dentists being undermined yet again. He commented: “Nobody would support cases where patients are being deliberately misled, but it is not acceptable to assume that this must be the case, simply because a dental practice – perhaps Read More
  • Dentalworld mourns Brian Lux

    GDPUK is sad to announce the sudden passing of Brian Lux, well known across all fields of dentistry, his work with the GDPA, and latterly for his column in Dental Practice.Brian passed away suddenly on Friday June 19th. Read More
  • Cochranepublishes lukewarm report on fluoridation

    Cochrane has carried out a review to assess the effects of water fluoridation (artificial or natural) for the prevention of tooth decay. The authors conclude that ‘there is very little contemporary evidence, meeting the review's inclusion criteria, that has evaluated the effectiveness of water fluoridation for the prevention of caries.’See Read More
  • Wollastonelected to chair Health Committee

    Dr Sarah Wollaston MP has been re-elected as chair of the House of Commons Health Select Committee. She received 532 votes on the first ballot against David Tredinnick MP who received 64. She has been chair of the committee since 2013, when she succeeded form Health Secretary Stephen Dorrell. Read More
  • Whichfinds NHS dentists’ not offering NHS appointments

    In recent research Which? found that three in ten (31%) practices turned down their researchers because they didn’t have availability. Of those that did offer them an appointment, 29% couldn’t see us within two weeks, with one surgery saying we could book but we’d be facing a wait of eight Read More
  • Firstprosecution of a tooth whitening trainer

    The General Dental Council (GDC), has secured its first prosecution of an illegal tooth whitening training provider. Martyn Collier, sole director of 'Smile Like the Stars Training Limited', was found guilty at Cwmbran Magistrates' Court of two offences of tooth whitening. He was sentenced to a three year conditional discharge Read More
  • Demandand not profitabitality dominates dental practice values

    The prices achieved by some dental practices are more indicative of high demand than the profits that can be achieved. This is the view of Johnny Minford, specialist dental accountant, speaking after the release of NASDAL’s latest goodwill survey for the quarter ending April 30, carried out by NASDAL member Read More
  • GDPCChair speaks of concerns over funding and contract reform

    Addressing 300 dentists at the conference, the chair of the BDA's General Dental Practice Committee (GDPC), Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, said there is a huge mismatch between people’s demand for NHS treatment and dentists’ ability to deliver this care, when funding is limited to treating just over half of the population in England. Read More
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The GDPUK Blog

  • The GDC - is it ALL bad?

    The GDC - they got this right


    by DentistGoneBadd
    Saturday, 27 June 2015
  • GDC: Hired Gun with a Smoking Gun

    The Hired Gun with a smoking gun….We all know the GDC has spent the last few years on its own little self-righteous planet, and even given its recent pitiful showing in front of the Health Select Committee there appears to be no sign they are planning to return to normality in the near future.Indeed ...

    by Simon Thackeray
    Wednesday, 24 June 2015
  • Teeth - the forgotten victims

    The Forgotten Victims


    by DentistGoneBadd
    Saturday, 20 June 2015
  • A no-nonsense guide to Endodontics

    'No Nonsense' Endo


    by DentistGoneBadd
    Sunday, 14 June 2015
  • What’s in a “C” , Oh GDC

    That third letter has a lot to answer for. What DOES it stand for I wonder? Competent?Well, the GDC are adamant. In their role as a “Council” They are improving immensely, and have refuted the FGDP’s assertion [1] that they have not "learnt any lessons" after their 2014 ‘Annus Horribilus” [2]Gi ...

    by Enamel Prism
    Thursday, 11 June 2015
  • Recording the Non-Verifiable

    Acronyms should be catchy in dentistry, shouldn't they? Surely that's a rule? GDC, BDA, DPL, CQC, NVQ, CPD . . . It also seems to be a rule that they have to be three letter acronyms but maybe the exception proves the point! I have been puzzled by the newer demand to note non-verifiable education ...

    by Tony Jacobs
    Sunday, 07 June 2015
  • Patients - You've got to laugh.

    Patients - You have to laugh


    by DentistGoneBadd
    Saturday, 30 May 2015
  • An Open letter to the New Chief Dental Officer

    Dear Colonel Hurley,The profession would like to congratulate you on your appointment to the post of Chief Dental Officer. As someone with a reputation for professional change management, then your appointment is seen as a welcome one by many.The profession has not recently been blessed with a CDO w ...

    by Simon Thackeray
    Wednesday, 27 May 2015
  • Crowns by @DentistGoneBadd

    Crowns - Avoiding the Pitfalls


    by DentistGoneBadd
    Monday, 25 May 2015
  • Dental Governance on a Human Scale?

    I have been reading coverage and watching interviews about the latest book by Steve Hilton. Apparently, he is the favourite political guru of David Cameron and therefore his ideas are ones we might expect to be implemented in the next five years. You might find a perusal of @stevehiltonguru on Twitt ...

    by Tony Jacobs
    Wednesday, 20 May 2015
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  • This review included 8 RCTs with some evidence to show that manual therapy improves pain and maximum mouth opening in patients with TMD. However, the limited number of studies and the heterogeneity of the interventions require further studies with standardised evaluations and better study designs. The post Manual therapy for temporomandibular disorders appeared first on The Dental Elf.

  • The review of sleep bruxism was only able to identify 12 small low quality RCTs covering a range of treatments. Most evidence was available for oral appliances but there is no sufficient evidence to state that the occlusal splint is effective for treating sleep bruxism. The post Sleep bruxism: little evidence for management appeared first on The Dental Elf.

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  • Join over 200 dentists and have your say on the NHS Confidence Survey NOW

    The second NHS Confidence Monitor - a survey designed to capture how confident the profession are in the future of NHS dentistry - is open until the end of June for dentists to take part and share the ...

    Thursday, 11 June 2015
  • Denplan research finds dentists dissatisfied with the current NHS contract and lacking knowledge around the pilots and prototypes

    Denplan has released its latest research (commissioned through Facts International), based on a survey asking NHS dentists* for their views on a variety of issues related to NHS dentistry.   ...

    Tuesday, 09 June 2015
  • Valuations – a science or an art?

    Written by Luke Moore of Dental Elite  Dental practice valuations are often shrouded in mystery but they needn’t be; here we give you an insight into the process behind the numbers. It’ ...

    Monday, 01 June 2015
  • Facial Aesthetics – Education, Confidence and Marketing

    Facial Aesthetics – Education, Confidence and Marketing | Dr Nadine Skipp

    Principal and Founder of AURA Centre of Dental Excellence and Facial Aesthetics in Kingston upon Thames, Dr Nadine Skipp asks, ‘Where to begin?’ when taking up the provision of facial aesthetics.It’s ...

    Sunday, 31 May 2015
  • Balancing the Digital Dentistry Stool | Chris Barrow

    Balancing the Digital Dentistry Stool | Chris Barrow

    The concept of digital dentistry is a three-legged stool. In no particular order, those legs are digital equipment, the tools used to make teeth; digital smile design, the way you treatment plan; and ...

    Sunday, 31 May 2015
  • BACD Conference 2015

    Posterior-guided occlusion at the BACD Conference 2015

    November this year sees the 12th BACD Conference play host to some of the world’s foremost dentists. Delegates will have the chance to learn from leading national and international experts across a ra ...

    Sunday, 31 May 2015
  • Providing implant surgery with dental referrals

    Providing popular implant surgery with dental referrals | Tim Bradstock-Smith

    Tim Bradstock-Smith from The London Smile Clinic shares his thoughts on the increasingly popular field of implant surgery and how dental referrals can help you and your practice...Although traditional ...

    Sunday, 31 May 2015
  • Moving With The Times - Get Your Dental Marketing Right!

    Moving with the times - get your dental marketing right! | Tim Caudrelier

    There is no doubt that the dental practice landscape has evolved dramatically over the last 20 years, and we are seeing this shift continue as changes to contracts, authorities and organisations affec ...

    Sunday, 31 May 2015
  • ClearSmile Braces - Clear Braces from IAS Academy

    IAS Academy celebrate the launch of ClearSmile Brace

    Friday 28th March was an exciting day for the team behind the IAS Academy, as it brought with it the launch of the very first hands-on training course for the ClearSmile Brace.A select group of forwar ...

    Sunday, 31 May 2015
  • Michael Lansdell shares tax tips for dentistry

    Car ownership - tax tips for dental professionals | Michael Lansdell

    There are many costs when owning a vehicle such as fuel, repairs and maintenance, insurance, car tax, roadside assistance, depreciation, parking and lease payments. This leaves many dentists questioni ...

    Sunday, 31 May 2015
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