GKT appoints new dean

Dr Dianne Rekow, Senior Vice Provost of Engineering and Technology at New York University (NYU) and Provost of Polytechnic Institute of NYU, has been appointed as the next Dean of the GKT Dental Institute, King’s College has announced. She will succeed Professor Nairn Wilson, who is due to retire at the end of this year, and will take up the position from 1 January 2012.

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Pop star Ke$ha wears fans’ teeth

The pop star Keysha (aka Ke$ha) has taken to wearing a necklace made of her human teeth. It all started when a fan sent her a tooth, so she made it into a necklace then added a few of her own baby teeth. She now has a collection of around 500 of such ‘gifts’. Two of her recent albums were called ‘Animal’ and ‘Cannibal’.

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Straight Talk Seminars launches manual

Straight Talk Seminars has launched worldwide the new Inman Aligner Clinical Manual. It is an in-depth reference publication on the Inman Aligner orthodontic system. It is available to practitioners in Europe, the US, Australia and the Middle East. It comprises 160 pages of step-by-step guidance on the technique with illustrations of each case with sharp, high-resolution graphics.

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Government announces start of pilots

The Government announced that 68 dental practices are now starting the new dental contract pilot studies. The trials will look at ways of increasing patient access and promoting preventative dental treatments like fluoride varnish. Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: “It is vital that patients receive high quality dental care and we are committed to promoting good oral health and preventing dental decay, especially in children.”
The BDA said the dental pilots were a ‘positive step’.

 

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Yorkshire dentist censured for poor hygiene

A South Yorkshire dentist whose practice was shut down for ignoring hygiene rules has had ‘stringent conditions’ placed on him by the GDC. Mohammed Siddiqui, of Rotherham, was told that he will only be able to practise within the NHS and is subject to 21 stringent conditions for three years. He admitted 23 charges of poor dental practice at a conduct committee hearing.

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BDA seeks committee nominations

The British Dental Association is calling on dentists to nominate themselves for membership of the General Dental Practice Committee and 12 others representing practitioners working in general practice (including those who are wholly private), as well as other branches of the profession. It is not necessary to be a BDA member to stand for election.

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Check before you agree to clawback says NASDAL

Some dentists may be tempted to return the exact amount of clawback demanded by their Primary Care Trust (PCT). But National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers (NASDAL) member Johnny Minford strongly advises all dentists to check before they pay.

The National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers (NASDAL) was formerly known as NASDA, but changed its name to reflect the increasing number of lawyers who are members.

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BDA Museum buys ‘dentist’ picture

The BDA Museum has bought ‘The Dentist’, by renowned portrait artist, Sir John Lavery. Painted in 1929, it features dentist Conrad Ackner in situ treating his patient, the artist’s wife, Lady Lavery. An appeal for help in raising the £60,000 required for the purchase saw donations flood in from individuals and BDA branches as well as a subsidy by national charities.

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