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  • Poorestin society have eight fewer teeth

    The poorest people in society have eight fewer teeth by their seventies than the richest, one of the biggest studies of its type ever undertaken has revealed. Lead author, Professor Jimmy Steele: “It’s probably not a big surprise that poorer people have worse dental health than the richest, but the Read More
  • HealthMinister questioned about GDC

    Nick de Bois, Conservative MP for Enfield North, asked what representations he had had from the BDA about the ‘recent practices’ of the GDC. Minister Daniel Poulter outlined the contacts he and colleagues had had with the Association. Read More
  • 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
  • Dentistsdefeat NHS England in contract battle

    Two Northampton dentists have successfully challenged NHS England’s guidance relating to incorporation of their NHS contracts.  NASDAL members, Accountant Alan Suggett and solicitor Ray Goodman both congratulate the dentists and their barrister on their success in achieving changes to their contracts. However, they say that the guidance remains unfair and 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
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The GDPUK Blog

  • Im on Holiday

    @DentistGoneBadd is on Holiday


    by DentistGoneBadd
    Tuesday, 25 November 2014
  • Upsetting the Applecart

    Pantomime season with a Grimm warning        I’ve had a busy couple of days and upset some applecart’s; perhaps I should apologise if I have bruised any fruit?On Friday the 21st, I spent an interesting day in Corpus Christi College, in Cambridge with my fellow NADA (National ...

    by Keith Hayes
    Monday, 24 November 2014
  • 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
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    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
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  • This review compared root fracture rates of metal and fibre root canal posts and found not difference. While 14 studies were included only 7 were randomised trials and all were of low quality so higher quality studies are needed. The post Root canal posts: review suggests no difference in root fracture incidence between metal-and fibre posts appeared first on The Dental Elf.

  • Obstructive sleep apnoea-hypopnoea (OSAH) affects 2-7% of adults. This trial compared 3 mandibular advancement devices with no treatment for mild disease and found benefits over the short term for a range of outcomes including Apnoea-Hypopnoea Index, the Epworth Sleepiness Scale and cost-effectiveness. The post Mandibular advancement devices: Trial suggests they can benefit patients with mild obstructive sleep apnoea-hypopnoea appeared first on The Dental Elf.

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  • Winter Boogie Wonderland at Chill Factore

    Want to break free from convention this Christmas? Come and spoil your dental team in the Winter Boogie Wonderland. Our resident DJ will take centre stage so you can end your party on the dance floor. ...

    Tuesday, 25 November 2014
  • Recognition of Excellence in Implantology

    The Diploma in Advanced dental Implantology has been designed for clinicians looking to work at the very forefront of the field.The two-year training will be held by the prestigious Faculty of Dentist ...

    Tuesday, 25 November 2014
  • Your dental check-up could save your life.

    Sadly, today we hear about cases of cancer more and more frequently but amidst all of this there is one type of cancer that still does not have the level of awareness that it needs: mouth cancer. Figu ...

    Tuesday, 25 November 2014
  • 3M ESPE Filtek Posterior Bulk Fill Impresses

    Dr Kate Winstone, co-owner of New Ash Green Dental Care in Kent, commented on 3M ESPE Filtek Posterior Bulk Fill: “The real issue for me and I suspect for many others, is the difficult restoratio ...

    Monday, 24 November 2014
  • UK dental company makes Top 100

     Genix Healthcare Limited has been identified as one of the City & Guilds Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers for 2014. The company received the prestigious accolade at the annual National ...

    Friday, 21 November 2014
  • Life LIKE Aesthetics

     The ACC Liverpool played host to this year’s exciting BACD Annual Conference, and the heart of the Albert Docks offered a perfect backdrop. This year really provided for all attendance, with wor ...

    Wednesday, 19 November 2014
  • Support Bobby’s Walk with the Sterling Foundation

     Bobby’s Walk is one man’s five-month, 2,600-mile trek across India, which aims to raise £1,500,000 for Save the Children and other deserving charities. India Association Chairman, 79-year-o ...

    Monday, 17 November 2014
  • Gaining Prestige on the internet

    Prestige Dental is delighted to announce the launch of its new website at an easy way to find out more and to purchase Prestige’s range of products it is well worth a ...

    Monday, 17 November 2014
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    New from The Dental Directory: Doctor’s® BrushPicks® are toothpicks for a healthy smile.Using Doctor’s® BrushPicks® everyday will produce a notable improvement in your patient’s oral health in only tw ...

    Tuesday, 11 November 2014
  • Bill Carr Joins Snowbird Finance

    Fast Growing Healthcare Finance Company Strengthens Resources with New Business Development ManagerSnowbird Finance Ltd - ( announced today that Bill Carr is joining the business ...

    Tuesday, 11 November 2014
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