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12th July 2018Dental Technology Apprenticeship

Boost your business through an Apprenticeship


Lambeth College offer apprenticeships aligned to the government’s 2017 apprenticeship reform (including levy implementation). Apprenticeships are an effective way to innovate and up-skill your workforce to increase loyalty and improve productivity. Training is available for your new and existing staff.

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Our offer includes:


• Modern training facilities
• Quality training delivered by experienced industry professionals
• Dedicated employers advisory service/account management
• Access to government training funding and incentive payments
• Bespoke training needs analysis
• Free screening/selection process
• Regular feedback of apprenticeship progress


Job Role

The course is approved by the General Dental Council. Our learners study the theory and manufacture of dental appliances. The lessons take place in well-equipped dental laboratories on our campus at Clapham Common.

With the support of our well qualified and experienced specialist teachers, you will learn the theoretical aspect and practical work of prosthodontics, basic orthodontics and crown & bridge work. During year 1, you will complete 5 units, covering: dental anatomy, dental materials, health & safety, Law and Ethics.

Assessment of the course is carried out through written assignments and practical work.


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Buyers would have to collect or arrange pickup of items from the Home Counties area.


6th July 2018Exciting small business opportunity for an established and forward thinking professional organisation within the dental profession

The successful applicant(s) will be the primary contact for Dental Technologists Association members, providing all front and back office functions, and supporting the DTA Executive team in the management of key stakeholder relationships.


For further information and details of how to submit your Expression of Interest please email the DTA office by ‪20 July 2018 to application@dta-uk.org


Please note the closing date for submission of an Expression of Interest is ‪23:00hrs on 25 July 2018


This information can also be found on the Jobs page of this website



This course will allow you to develop the theoretical and practical knowledge in all aspects of work carried out as a dental technician. It leads to a recognised General Dental Council approved qualification which will enable you to register with the GDC and carry out the profession of a dental technician.

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What does it involve?
The qualification is delivered over 3 years on a part time day-release basis from your employment. You will study the theoretical and practical techniques of the fabrication of dental appliances in
• Prosthetics - full and partial dentures
• Fixed Prosthodontics - crowns and bridges
• Orthodontics - alignment and straightening of teeth using various appliances
You will also study the associated areas of dental anatomy; dental biomaterial science; medical emergencies and first aid; legislation, professionalism and ethics.

How is it assessed?
Assessment for the BTEC qualification is based on the achievement of specified learning outcomes. A grade is awarded at Pass, Merit or Distinction level. Written and practical elements assess:
• Application of knowledge and understanding
• Development of practical and technical skills
• Personal development for occupational roles
• Application of generic skills


What can I do next?
After completing the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dental Technology, you may choose various pathways to continue professional development. Registration with the General Dental Council is essential in order to practice as a Dental Technician. You may progress into Higher Education; there are several institutions in the UK delivering the BSc (Hons) in Dental Technology.

What are the entry requirements for the course?
You will need 5 GCSEs at Grade 9 to 4/A* to C, including Science, English Language and maths at Grade 9 t 4/A* to C or A relevant Level 2 vocational qualification plus English Language and Maths at GCSE Grade 9 to 4/A* to C
Functional Skills Level 2 will be accepted as an equivalent to GCSE Grade 9 to 4/A* to C.
You must be in employment or actively seeking employment in a Dental Laboratory.
In addition, the General Dental Council states: You are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and must be in good physical and mental health for the protection of patients.


Course Fees
The fee for the course is £7395 for the full three years. Please see below for remitted fees:


16-18 as at 31 August 2018:

Fees remitted


19-23 at the Start of the Course:

Fees may be remitted if this is your first full level 3 qualification. Otherwise you'll be charged the full amount of the course fees but you may be eligible to apply for the Advanced Learner Loan.


24 and Over at the Start of the Course:
You will need to pay for the full amount of your course fees but you may be eligible to apply for the Advanced Learning Loan.

How do I apply?
You can apply online by visiting the college website: https://www.nottinghamcollege.ac.uk/course-detail?i=3536


The college Dental Laboratory is at our Maid Marian Way Campus in the city centre and is easily accessible by public transport.
Nottingham College
Maid Marian Way


If you would like any further information or wish to arrange an interview for a place on the course, please contact the course leader Jayne Judson on 07717764880 or emailjayne.judson@nottinghamcollege.ac.uk



5th July 2018Dental Technology at Matthew Boulton College (Birmingham Metropolitan College)

Foundation Degree in Dental Technology partnered with the University of Worcester - Recruiting now for September 2018

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Key Features


You can study full-time over 2 years or part-time over 3 years. The taught component of the course will normally be delivered over 3 days per week across 2 semesters per year (1 and a half days per week for part-time students with remittance for experience)

  • Authentic work-based learning is an integral part of the course design - with an on-going application of theory and practice, where one environment supports learning in the other
  • Designed in partnership with employers this foundation degree meets the National Occupational Standards for the sector
  • When you complete the course you will be able to register with the General Dental Council
  • You'll also have opportunities to study CAD/CAM applications to dental technology, materials science, and anatomy & physiology
  • When you complete the course you will be able to register with the General Dental Council

Entry requirements

24 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of 1 A Level (or equivalent Level 3 qualification) and a maximum of 3 A levels

4 GCSEs (Grade C/4 or above) including English and Mathematics

All students will be required to sit an English diagnostic assessment equivalent to Level 2. This is to establish if students require support and is used as supportive tool only.


What will you study


Part-time* Year 1

Oral Anatomy and Physiology and Basic Appliance Design
Basic Dental Technology Techniques
Introductory Dental Biomaterials Science

Year 2
Employment Practice A
Dental Technology Techniques for Fixed Prosthodontics
Preparing for Practice and Future Employment

Year 3

Dental Technology Techniques for Removable Prosthodontics
Employment Practice B


The programme will be taught through lecturers, seminars, e-learning, workshops and work based learning (WBL). It also includes practical project and portfolio work by students.


Students will be required to complete a total of 400 hours of work based learning across the programme. This may be achieved through a minimum of one work placement for the duration of the programme. It is the student’s responsibility to find an appropriate work placement at a Dental Laboratory in the public or private sector. Students are allocated a work place mentor and a work placement officer. It is the work placement officer’s responsibility to formally assess the work placement logbook and the work place mentor will confirm the suitability of each appliance for presentation to the customer


It is important that the programme provides a foundation of skills; knowledge and understanding which students can carry on through to other programmes. Opportunities for learning across the programme will be provided through in-class sessions supported by online resources, exercises and tutorials. The resources provided through class room delivery will form the basis for meeting the learning outcomes supported by further reading.



Wide variety of assessment types, including practical assessment and examinations, coursework assignments, reflective practice and portfolio work, project work, presentations, case studies and reports.



*The course is also available as a 2 year full-time course


5th July 2018Phenomenal educational programme at DTS 2018

Once again, the Dental Technicians Guild (DTG) did a sterling job of programming the education in the DTS Lecture Theatre at the Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) 2018. Chaired by Phil Reddington, two days of high-calibre learning opportunities were delivered covering all genres of dental technology by some of the world’s most talented dental technicians and clinicians.

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DTS Theatre

Delegates enjoyed sessions from renowned professionals such as Mark Bladen, Robert Arval, Roy Davies, Stephan Picha and John Wibberley, as well as Dr Finlay Sutton, Derren Neve, Andreas Leimbach and Dr Marc Römer. There was a friendly atmosphere throughout and the lectures were extremely well attended.


Bench demonstrations also took place over the Friday and Saturday at the Damaged Goods stand where even more highly skilled dental technicians from the DTG team gave up their time to educate others and share their skills. There really was something for every dental laboratory team member.


If you would like to join the Dental Technicians Guild go to: www.dentaltechniciansguild.com and don’t forget to put the dates for DTS 2019 in your diary today.


DTS 2019 will be held on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May

at the NEC in Birmingham, co-located with the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show.

For further details, visit www.the-dts.co.uk, call 020 7348 5270
or email dts@closerstillmedia.com


5th July 2018Dedicated to Digital & Innovation - DTS 2018

At the Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) 2018, the Digital & Innovation Theatre was dedicated to the latest and greatest advances in the field of digital dentistry.


Among the most popular sessions were those presented by Marcus Rickard, Wayne Hall, Marcos White and Oliver Ambridge. They covered topics like GDPR compliance, the benefits of digital workflows and modal free crowns.

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Delegate feedback included:


“The lecture was very good – it is a very complicated subject. Being thrown into and arranging the necessary contracts for GDPR is very daunting. The session was useful and provided clarity.” – Teresa Morton, dental technician, Marcus Richard delegate.


“I enjoyed Oliver’s presentation very much because it was not too basic and assumed that delegates had a certain level of digital knowledge.” – Piotr Wozniak, CAD/CAM specialist, Oliver Ambridge delegate.


The trade floor was also buzzing with activity as delegates browsed the lab-dedicated stands to find out what’s new in the profession. Companies demonstrating their latest innovations included 3Shape, Carestream Dental, Panadent, Straumann, Techceram, Tri-Tech 3D and WHW.


Make sure you don’t miss next year’s DTS for more of the same!


DTS 2019 – Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May – NEC in Birmingham, co-located with the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show.


5th July 2018UK Dental Technician Salaries - 2018 Survey

• Are you being paid in line with other technicians at your level?


• Would you like to know how your salary compares to other technicians with similar experience to yourself?

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Whether you are looking for a new job or a pay rise, it helps to understand what the typical salaries are and what your potential earnings could be.


Marshall Hunt Recruitment are conducting a research project to find the national average salaries of dental technicians working in the United Kingdom, and to also evaluate employee satisfaction with regards to compensation, training and development within British dental laboratories.


To participate in the survey, simply click this link:




The survey takes approximately 2 minutes to complete, and all participants can choose to receive a copy of the survey results completely free of charge.


Responses will be confidential as the survey does not collect identifying information such as your name, email address or IP address. The survey questions will be about your job title, experience and salary.


The surveys closing date is 30th September 2018, so be sure to get your answers in by then to be in with a chance to receive your survey results COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE.


Note: Your participation in the research study is voluntary. You may choose not to participate.


If you decide to participate in this research survey, you can withdraw at any time. If you decide not to participate in this study, or if you withdraw from participating at any time, all information that you have given will be deleted.


The survey is compliant with GDPR policy.


4th July 2018DTA President's July blog is now available

The DTA President's July blog is now available and can be found here


3rd July 2018DTA Holiday Entitlement Information Sheet

A new guidance document about Holiday Entitlement is available for members on the Guidance Documents page of this website

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If can be found in the Human Resources :: Other section on the Guidance Documents page


3rd July 2018Timesaving, esthetic and trusted

Want to cut down time spent working on restorations without compromising results?


NobelProcera full-contour zirconia restorations from Nobel Biocare are the timesaving way to provide natural-looking results.

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NobelProcera full-contour zirconiaAvailable as both crowns and bridges, the restorations arrive in their final shape and only require finishing touches, saving you valuable work time. Furthermore, their high level of strength reduces the chances of chipping and other damage, meaning there’s a lower risk of needing remakes.


Full-contour zirconia offers high versatility, and in cases that require a very high level of esthetics you can choose to cut back the restoration and build the final shape with veneering. This ensures individualized esthetics for the patient, which when combined with the natural-looking elements of the material means that the restoration will be realistic and unique.


With over 11 million units sold, NobelProcera full-contour zirconia crowns and bridges from Nobel Biocare remain a trusted solution for laboratories worldwide.


Contact Nobel Biocare to see why technicians around the world make NobelProcera full-contour zirconia their material of choice.

For more information, contact Nobel Biocare on 0208 756 3300, or visit www.nobelbiocare.com


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Lava Plus high translucency zirconia system from 3M Oral Care offers accurate and true colours without compromising strength or translucency. It is the first zirconia with inherent tooth-like fluorescence*

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For more information, call 0800 626 578 or visit www.3M.co.uk/Dental


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Barnet and Southgate College also launches online apprenticeship in dental nursing


Barnet and Southgate College and the City of London Dental School have announced a new collaboration which places them at the forefront of UK dental technology training; the delivery of digital technology focused courses will not only benefit patients in the region, but will also benefit employers and those wishing to advance their dental career or qualifications. The Dental Sciences Centre at the College opened in September 2017, as part of an extensive refurbishment of the Southgate Campus and includes state-of-the-art resources such as a decontamination room, processing and casting labs, as well as three dedicated specialist laboratories equipped with the latest industry-standard equipment.

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Professor Stewart HardingProfessor Stewart Harding from the City of London Dental School said: “We look forward to working with Barnet and Southgate College; the facilities here really are state-of-the-art and the College is at the forefront of dental training in the region, if not the UK. In the next five years the dental technician’s world and dentistry will take a paradigm shift into digital technology and current messy artisan techniques will slowly become obsolete.


For example, we currently take impressions of a patient’s teeth, which are then sent off to a dental laboratory that then create a plaster cast and dental appliance which is then sent back to the practice, but this can now all be done digitally with a 3D laser scanner, which we will have on campus, to enable students to use as part of their training. Dental technicians will inevitably need to hone their digital skills and our partnership proposes to do just this.


The higher lever apprenticeships at the College prove that it’s no longer necessary to go to university to progress within the industry. The partnership also delivers much needed support for dental employers, as the speciality of courses focuses on niche skills and training. The higher apprenticeship for dental technicians is designed to meet the General Dental Council (GDC) standards and will enable successful apprentices to register as a Dental Care Professional (DCP). The long term goal of the partnership is that we provide fully trained dental technicians, with the option of progressing onto MSc qualifications. Ultimately our dental technicians will become highly skilled dental designers.”


Barnet and Southgate College is the only further education college in the UK with a specialist centre for Dentistry. Serving students such as 24 year old, dental technologist Jordan Diggines-Wallis, who is already reaping the benefits of training at the Southgate Campus dental facility.


Jordan is on the Level 5 higher apprenticeship and said: “I work for a dental lab in Bedford, they arranged for me to start the higher level dental apprenticeship at Barnet and Southgate College. It’s great that the facilities and equipment are the same as at work, if not nicer and brand spanking new! This means I’ve really settled into my training. It’s nice to see the machinery that I recognise and I look forward to using all the equipment that I’ve never used before as well. When you tell people that you’re studying dental technology, most people don’t really know what it is. But I’d say if you’re creative and intellectual and want to use both of those skills then a dental technology course is the one for you and it’s very good. My training is very integrated; what I learn at College I take back to work and what I learn at work I bring back into College and apply here. Everyone on the course is lovely and the tutors are really nice. In fact, I look forward to coming into College each week, it’s a lot of information to take in as you only come in one day a week and the rest of the week you’re still working.


I started this course at university, but then decided to start the apprenticeship. I had to take a step back and see that getting the work experience as part of my placement is what is most important and I really enjoy my job, as I actually get to see the relevance of what I’m learning. I also started to accrue some debt from being at Uni, which was a massive contributing factor of doing an apprenticeship, alongside improved job prospects. The fact I’m currently on placement within a laboratory is positive and providing I do well on my course there’ll be a job vacancy offered to me. I’ve been thinking about continuing to a full degree after my apprenticeship at Barnet and Southgate College and after that the natural progression would be for me to open my own lab and to possibly focus on something as a speciality, the prospect of that is really exciting for me.”


As part of the collaboration the College also unveils a brand new online apprenticeship in dental nursing; suitable for those already in work or about to start working in a dental practice. As the course is wholly delivered online via a blended learning package it is ideal for those wishing to complete a Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing, whilst working or juggling other commitments. On completion of the qualification students will also receive the Dental Nurse Apprenticeship Standard and they will be able to register with the General Dental Council (GDC) and work as a dental nurse, or continue to train in a number of other roles including: a dental hygienist, orthodontic therapist, laboratory technician, dental practice manager or senior dental nurse.


David Byrne, Principal of Barnet and Southgate College said: “We’re proud to be the only FE College in the UK with a specialist centre for Dentistry. We offer a wide range of dental courses and the hi-tech training we deliver moves away from the messy, artisan craft of dental manufacturing to the cleaner tech driven world of CAD design and 3D printing, which will change technical education within the dental industry bringing it firmly into the 21st century and beyond.”


Dental interview and drop-in dates for 2018 at the Dental Sciences Centre, Barnet and Southgate College, Southgate Campus, London, N14 6BS:


Thursday 28 June 2018: 9am to 5pm
Thursday 18 July 2018: 9am to 5pm


For more information please call: 020 8266 4000.

Email: info@barnetsouthgate.ac.uk




26th June 2018GDPR and Digital Partial Dentures

A report from Adrian Rollings the Health Education England West Midlands Dental Technician and Clinical Dental Support Group Facilitator.


The Health Education England West Midlands Dental Technician and Clinical Dental Technician support group held its second meeting of the year on Saturday 16 June. This was done in some style as it was the first at the groups prestigious new venue, the new Birmingham Dental Hospital.

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GDPR and Partial DenturesThe first presentation was delivered by Practice Manager Amy Aldrich and covered GDPR. Amy had already assisted several dental laboratories with compliance so was an ideal speaker. Her approach was grounded in common sense, particularly in terms of data storage and the transfer of goods between laboratory and clinic. In fact, it was refreshing to have somebody providing ‘solutions’ and this made the topic far less intimidating.


The world of CAD CAM and digital technology has largely ignored the removable prosthetics sector until recently. However, there is now a move to digitising these traditional processes. So, the second presentation provided by Phil Silver and Nathalie Mazurof Solvay on Ultaire AKPTM was timely.


Phil highlighted the patient benefit of these materials, detailed the underpinning research and described the hierarchy of biocompatible dental polymers. Meanwhile Nathalie provided a complimentary overview of the 3 Shape digital RPD design and manufacturing processes. She also provided a number of case studies that demonstrated the practical benefit to patients compared to conventional metal based options.


Both presentations were warmly received and as ever there was plenty of lively discussion. Nobody was left in any doubt as to the importance of GDPR compliance or that digital dentistry and new generation polymer materials are here now and here to stay!


The group meets three times per year on a Saturday morning and provides an excellent opportunity to share experiences with local peers and keep up to date with technological and legislative advancements. The topic for the autumn meeting will be dental photography, covering both the clinical aspects and photographing laboratory work and models. This will be the first session under the new eCPD rules for DCP’s, so we will also make a timely review of eCPD and where we are at with our Personal Development Plans. Given the topic area places will be limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.


20th June 2018Think Suppler, Think BDIA Member

The British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) has launched a new initiative,‘Think Supplier, Think BDIA Member’ to remind the dental profession of the benefits of purchasing from BDIA member companies.

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Since 1923 BDIA members have been working closely with the dental profession to provide the quality, innovative and dependable equipment and services that are needed, day in day out. Bound by a comprehensive Professional Code of Practice*, bespoke training and a common vision to provide the profession with the best possible service, the Association is urging all those involved in purchasing dental equipment to ‘Think Supplier, Think BDIA Member’


BDIA President, Sonia Tracey of W & H (UK) urges the dental profession, “When it comes to purchasing products, remember that BDIA members have committed to their industry Code of Practice requiring the supply of high quality products and services, supported by adequate stocks, spares, maintenance and technical information for the expected life of the product, so when you think supplier, think BDIA member.”

Edmund Proffitt, BDIA Chief Executive adds, “Building on the awareness of our award-winning campaign against counterfeit dental products, we are urging the profession to think about the benefits of purchasing from those suppliers who have signed up to the industry association with its comprehensive Code of Practice and the reassurances that commitment provides to customers”.


The campaign will feature a series of advertisements in the dental press, followed up with editorial features and pages on the new BDIA website, www.bdia.org.uk.


The BDIA was formed in 95 years ago to bring together like minded dental manufacturers, suppliers and service providers. Now over 120 companies share the vision to provide quality, accountable, competent and trustworthy services to the dental profession.

*The BDIA Code of Practice and details of the BDIA Certificate: Introduction to Dentistry are all available on the BDIA website – www.bdia.org.uk


20th June 2018General Dental Council | New Enhanced CPD for dental care professionals from 1 August 2018

All dental care professionals (DCPs) will be now required to move to Enhanced CPD on 1 August 2018 to maintain their General Dental Council (GDC) registration.


For those professionals who reach the end of their five-year CPD cycle this year, the new cycle will be started on the Enhanced CPD scheme.

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Why the changes?

After consultation with dental professionals about developing a new enhanced continuing professional development (ECPD) system, a plea was heard for CPD to achieve much more than it has in recent years. This included recognising the importance of professionals driving their own development and learning.

We listened to what registrants felt would be a good fit for their developmental needs and applied this to how we formulated ECPD.

What are the main changes being introduced?

Central to the new system is the introduction of a Personal Development Plan (PDP). This is designed to help professionals plan and record their CPD activities, and their associated GDC developmental outcomes. It also aims to provide a framework for professionals to reflect on their learning and how it applies to their work.

The move to the new system will also mean important changes to the number of hours and types of development activities that can be undertaken. For some registrant types, there will be an increase in the number of verifiable hours. For all registrant types, there is a requirement to spread these hours more evenly over the five-year cycle.

From 1 August, the Enhanced CPD requirements will be 75 hours of verifiable CPD for dental therapists, dental hygienists, orthodontic therapists and clinical dental technicians and 50 hours of verifiable CPD for dental nurses and dental technicians.

There is now a requirement to make an annual statement of CPD hours completed, even if zero hours have been completed for that year, but non-verifiable CPD no longer has to be declared.

What if I’m not at the end of my CPD cycle?

As previously mentioned, around 50% of all DCPs will reach the end of their five-year CPD cycle this year and will start a new cycle on the Enhanced CPD scheme. Others, who are mid-cycle, will need to complete CPD based on both the 2008 and the Enhanced CPD schemes. A pro rata hour-based approach is being applied to those in transition.

Specific information has been created for those transitioning to Enhanced CPD, including a transition tool to help you calculate your required hours.

When their current CPD cycle ends, the next cycle will be solely based on Enhanced CPD.

What if I need further help?

As Enhanced CPD requires significant changes to the way you plan, do, reflect and record CPD, we want to support you as much as we can. You will find plenty of resources to help you including detailed guidance, a PDP plan template, an activity log template and plenty of examples in the Enhanced CPD section of our website.

If more information is needed, there is an extensive list of FAQs on Enhanced CPD available on our website.

Please remember, it is the responsibility of all DCPs to calculate CPD in line with the new Enhanced CPD requirements. You can use your eGDC account to see a personalised hours calculation for your cycle. You will need your ID verification code to use eGDC, this can be found on all correspondence from us. A request for your ID verification code can be made when signing up to eGDC.

Visit eGDC for further information or to sign up.

What do I need to remember about Enhanced CPD?

Please remember the requirements of Enhanced CPD from 1 August, you will need to:

Meet the hourly requirements.
Do it regularly, at least 10 hours every two years.
Keep a personal development plan.
Keep a record of CPD completed.
Make an annual statement.

And, please visit our website if you need further guidance or support.


20th June 2018New Dean and Vice-Deans at FGDP

Ian Mills has been inaugurated as the new Dean of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK), and Onkar Dhanoya and Mark Richardson have been elected as its new Vice-Deans.

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Ian Mills - Dean of FGDP

Ian, who works in general dental practice in North Devon, has now been sworn in following his election in February, and succeeds Dr Mick Horton as Dean. Qualifying as a dentist from Glasgow University in 1987, he spent the early part of his career working in maxillofacial surgery. After moving into general practice, he joined FGDP in 1994, completing its Diploma in Implant Dentistry, representing the South West region on the board and becoming a Vice-Dean in 2016. He has been an elected member of the BDA General Dental Practice Committee (GDPC), a member of Devon LDC, and on the Professional Executive Committee of North Devon Primary Care Trust, and is also a Fellow of FGDP(UK), the Higher Education Academy and the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. In addition to his clinical practice, he works at Peninsula Dental School as a clinical supervisor, group facilitator and honorary lecturer.


New Vice Deans - Mark Richardson and Onkar DhanoyaOnkar has been principal dentist at Honour Health (formerly Osborne Dental Group) since 1986, providing treatments including dental implants, facial aesthetics and orthodontics at its three practices across the North East. Graduating from Newcastle University in 1985, he represents the Yorkshire and Northern region on the FGDP(UK) board, and holds Fellowships both of the FGDP(UK) and the International College of Dentists. Chair of North Tyne LDC, and President of the BDA’s Northern Counties branch, he has been a clinical teacher at Newcastle Dental Hospital since 1995.


After graduating from Dundee University in 1988, Mark joined the RAF, of which he is now a Group Captain and the Chief Dental Officer. He is also the Armed Forces Clinical Adviser on Paedodontic Dentistry, in which he holds an MSc, and has completed an MSc in Medical Education and attained MGDS RCS. In 2007 he became an examiner for the MFGDP, in 2013 a Core Group MJDF examiner, and he is also a Facilitator for FGDP(UK) Fellowship. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, a CQC Specialist Advisor, and has been the FGDP board member for the Wessex & Oxford region since 2016.


Mr Mills commented:

“On behalf of all members of the Faculty, I congratulate Onkar and Mark on their election as Vice-Deans, and offer our wholehearted thanks and appreciation to Mick for his hard work and strong leadership over the last three years. Under his Deanship, FGDP has increased its influence, strengthened its world class education and re-vitalised its Fellowship programme, fit for the future ahead of us.


“It is a great responsibility to lead the UK’s only professional body dedicated to general dental practice, and a huge privilege to be able to draw upon the immense talents, knowledge and expertise of our members as we move forward together to establish a new College of General Dentistry as the academic home of GDPs.”


14th June 2018Dental Protection: Good record keeping key in phase-down of dental amalgam

Dental Protection is reminding dentists in the UK to maintain good clinical records and obtain full consent if a decision is made to use amalgam as a restorative material, ahead of changes to EU Regulations on its use.

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The EU Mercury Regulation is intended to protect the environment from the adverse effects of mercury pollution. It reflects the aims of the Minamata Treaty to reduce the use of dental amalgam in the medium to long term, and to eventually phase it out altogether.


From 1 July 2018 amalgam is not to be used in primary teeth, children under 15 years and during pregnancy/breastfeeding - except if deemed necessary on the ground of ‘specific medical needs’. This should be interpreted as including the specific dental needs of the patient.


By 1 July 2019 the UK and other EU member states will be required to have a national plan on the phasing down of the use of dental amalgam.


Dental Protection advises members to take extra care in obtaining consent and record keeping, to help in defending any future claims, complaints or regulatory investigations that may arise from the use of amalgam in the restricted groups.


Dr Raj Rattan, Dental Director at Dental Protection said: “Complaints and claims may arise despite a dentist’s efforts to ensure that patients are satisfied with their treatment. Therefore, in situations such as these extra care needs to be taken.


“If a dentist deems it appropriate to use amalgam in a patient in one of the restricted groups, they must communicate the rationale to the patient, or the person who has parental responsibility for them, explain why the decision is in the patient’s best interest, and provide information about the material risks and benefits of amalgam in that particular situation. Valid consent must then be obtained ensuring they are aware of the restriction in specific patient groups.


“In order for the patient or their guardian‘s consent to be valid, they should be given the opportunity and time to ask questions about the proposed treatment to make an informed shared decision.


“Once the decision has been agreed, the justification for placing the amalgam should then be recorded in the patient’s clinical records, along with any discussions about the options, risks, benefits and costs as part of the consent process.


“Records should state clearly on what basis the decision to use amalgam in one of the restricted groups was taken, and that it was made with the patient or guardian’s full knowledge and understanding.”


The use of amalgam is so far not restricted in patients who do not fall into the identified groups. However, patients with knowledge of the restriction may express anxieties about the use of dental amalgam in their own mouths.


In these circumstances Dental Protection advises members to discuss the position of the EU Regulation with the patient, explain the risks and benefits, discuss any alternatives and ensure proper consent is obtained before proceeding with the treatment. Details of this discussion should be recorded in the patient’s records.


Dr Raj Rattan added: “Without proper consent and comprehensive, well-kept records, a dentist will be heavily disadvantaged in defending any allegations made down the line. Detailed records of treatment will influence whether a case can be defended or whether it will need to be settled. Dental Protection can provide members with further advice and guidance.”


11th June 2018ACAS - National e-connect newsletter - Employment Relations Update

Fairness in the workplace is a vital part of a successful business. Our new guidance for employers and employees explains what religion or belief discrimination is, how to avoid discrimination and what the law says.

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In this issue:


  • World Cup guidance
  • Sexual harassment in the workplace
  • Is your work good for you?
  • Free letters, forms and templates
  • Drugs and alcohol in the workplace
  • Upcoming events


Link to ACAS Newsletter Website


11th June 2018FEPPD Symposium - Brussels

"The realities for the dental technician in the EU market – present and future perspectives" - 26th April 2018


Members of professional organisations and other interested parties came from across Europe to participate in the Symposium.


The various areas of interest and current events were addressed, including legal, scientific and obviously the political aspect... with regard to the impact of European regulations on dental laboratories.

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FEPPD SymposiumThe FEPPD, the organisations we represent and dental technicians throughout Europe have always been committed to working for patient health and safety. We are not only performers, dental technicians love what they do, love their work and strive to satisfy the patient’s needs both aesthetically and functionally.


Each organisation, and the FEPPD, is aware that if we want to make further progress, patients or future patients must know how their dental prosthesis is manufactured, how it is manufactured in cooperation with the dental surgeon and that it is indeed a qualified professional who has been trained and continues to be trained, who manufactures dental prostheses.


Behind the dentist's prescription, the dental technician uses a whole set of advanced techniques to create the patient's new smile.


It was for these reasons that the FEPPD agreed to organise and host this important event and the European Association of Dental Technicians Day on 1 June.


Throughout Europe, there are passionate dental technicians who, with their professional organisations, give time to defend and promote their profession. The FEPPD Board and I would like to thank all the speakers who participated in this Symposium and who came to share, during the day, their vision of the future.


We all love our profession and we all wish to exercise it in the best conditions. These speakers may have different opinions on what the future will be, how to guide our profession and our daily practice, but what emerges from this Symposium is the passion for what we are doing, even with the forthcoming changes.


Laurent Munerot
FEPPD President


Picture: Zammit, Munerot, Mordento, Zilliotti


11th June 2018June issue of Articulate now available

The June issue of Articulate is now available for members in the Our Publications section of this website


30th May 2018Pioneering innovations, proven track record and second-to-none service

“We have been working with Nobel Biocare restorative components for nearly 25 years. Over the past twelve years we have scanned, designed and ordered the full range of NobelProcera® products – abutments, implant bridges, copings and bars, in all the available materials.”


John Russell, owner of 2nd Nature Dental Design laboratory in Belfast, comments on his long-term working relationship with Nobel Biocare.

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“The finish on the milled components is superb; the titanium bars, in particular, are of exceptional quality. Everything fits first time. Nobel Biocare was milling CAD solutions years before anybody else offered these services, all based on a sound scientific, manufacturing background.


“Any time I’ve had to call the Nobel Biocare office, the team’s service and product knowledge has been second-to-none. Technical support for the scanners and software has been excellent and very friendly. Calls are usually answered right away and if the technical representative is unavailable, you can expect a returned call, normally within the hour.


“Nobel Biocare pioneered implantology and was a fore runner in digital technology. They have a proven track record and provide innovative solutions for all aspects of patient care and restoration. I would absolutely recommend them.”


8th June 2018DTA President's June blog is now available

The DTA President's June blog can be found by going to www.dta-uk.org/presidents-blog.php


31st May 201870,000 more toddlers to get their first dental check-up as NHS England targets childhood dental health

This week NHS England have published a press release relating to Starting Well Core, an initiative to increase dental access and preventive care for children aged 0-2 years.

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NHS England is calling on dentists to see an additional 70,000 pre-school children as part of a drive in the health service’s 70th year, to help young families to get into the habit of good dental health.


Latest data show that over 140 children per day, some just one year old, are having decayed teeth removed. These are now being tackled head on with a newly launched awareness programme supporting 24,000 dentists across England to see more children from a young age.


Click here to read the full article on NHS England website (new window/tab)


29th May 2018Success again for the Dental Technicians Guild

For 2018, the main Lecture Theatre at the Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) was once again programmed by the Dental Technicians Guild (DTG) and chaired by Phil Reddington.  On Friday morning he enthusiastically welcomed delegates and introduced the educational programme, saying: “I am honoured to be introducing some phenomenally talented technicians who are here to share their knowledge and tell us what they do. All genres of dental technology will be covered with digital, new materials and innovation as well as old school knowledge.”

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Two days of high-calibre learning opportunities were delivered from world leaders in the dental technology field, which began with a presentation from Mark Bladen entitled “Aesthetics – the LiSi effect.” Here Mark explained the composition and strength as well as the fluorescence and translucencies of the latest, high-density lithium disilicate ceramic pressing material. He demonstrated the excellent workability of the GC Initial™ LiSi pressable ceramic with case studies and shared tips for pressing, staining, building up ceramics, firing and glazing and how to take advantage of the material’s natural optical properties.


The morning continued with a session from Roy Davies who gave the “lowdown on digital dentures” before Robert Arval took to the stage to offer “A scientific review of high performance polymers and lithium disilcates.” Although Robert described himself as “just a dental technician” he demonstrated his passion for discovering how things work and why they work. His detailed presentation gave delegates an insight into how lithium disilicate glass ceramic is made, its highly intertwined microstructure, its strength and hardness and its long-term clinical performance. After the lecture Terri-Louise Irvine said “It was very informative especially with the treatment before the cementation of the crowns and veneers. There was a lot of useful information, a good, worthwhile lecture.”


On Friday afternoon delegates were treated to a contemporary presentation from Master dental technician Andreas Leimbach and dentist Marc Römer. Music and video introduced these passionate professionals who work in synergy to provide high-end telescopic restorations on a daily basis. They advised delegates that times are changing but not to be afraid of the future and demonstrated how clinicians and technicians can come together and learn together to create a simple, reliable workflow to produce the most successful results for patients. Other speakers included Derren Neve who delivered a presentation called “Valplast – flexible, aesthetic, functional partial dentures” whilst Master dental technician, Stefan Picha focused on function as the guarantee for long term success and discussed what needs to be considered in a full arch restoration.


Day two in the DTS Lecture Theatre began with the highly regarded clinical dental technician, John Wibberley. He gave a lecture called “Teeth and gums fixed and removable” and discussed cosmetic and aesthetic outcomes and defined the differences between the two. He shared his suggestions on how to improve outcomes and showed delegates how to make dentures appear natural by looking carefully at the characteristics and contours of the teeth. He also noted the benefits of modern technology and how digital can help to produce dynamic results.


Saturday morning continued with a lively co-presentation from clinical dental technician, Jonathan Hughes and Dentist, Dr Craig Parker. After working with Ultaire™ AKP, the latest high performance polymer from Solvay Dental 360™ for a year, they described the concepts for using this metal-free alternative for fabricating removable partial dentures (RPD) within the digital workflow. Saturday afternoon commenced with a lecture from Dr Finlay Sutton entitled “Improving denture aesthetics – making dentures look like natural, real teeth” where delegates were shown how to measure the inter-pupil distance in relation to the upper central incisors to ensure that the teeth fit the face, how to mimic pink tissue and ways to add tooth character. After the session dental technician, Saba Zaherdoust said: “It was a good lecture covering some vital points about making dentures and how they should be designed to fit the patient’s face. I found the tooth characterisation part particularly interesting.”


Finally, Ricardo Soares, prosthetic technician rounded off the education programme with a presentation called “Make it look invisible, the signature denture concept.” He gave a detailed technical guide to his ‘Signature denture’ and complemented his session with an array of informative case photographs. Ricardo also encouraged delegates to ask for help if they need it. He described how he became involved in the Dental Technicians Guild (DTG) when he first arrived in the UK from Portugal and how this supportive group of dental technicians have helped him and encouraged him right from the beginning. “They have always been happy to share their knowledge and experience and I am always learning.” he said.


There is no doubt that the DTG did a sterling job of programming the education at the DTS Lecture Theatre again this year. There were also bench demonstrations over both days at the Damaged Goods stand where even more highly skilled dental technicians from the DTG team gave up their time to educate others and share their skills. Ben Ede for example, showed delegates how to build up an anterior crown with predictable results, Lisa Johnson demonstrated Gc gradia composite layering and finishing and George Morgan showed composite tips, to name but a few. There really was something for everyone.


Plans are now underway for next years’ Dental Technology Showcase so make sure you put the dates in your diary now. If you are interested in joining the Dental Technicians Guild go to: www.dentaltechniciansguild.com


DTS 2019 will be held on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May

at the NEC in Birmingham, co-located with the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show.
For further details, visit www.the-dts.co.uk, call 020 7348 5270
or email dts@closerstillmedia.com


15th May 2018#Dentistry24 is finally here

Dental professionals across the globe are invited to tweet using #Dentistry24 to celebrate the good work of the dental profession on 24th May 2018.

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T#dentistry24his is a unique opportunity to share the positive impact and experiences of the profession on one day.


Following on from the success of #Pharmacy24 which generated over 25 million twitter impressions, we are hoping to replicate or even surpass this for dentistry.


Dental professionals and the wider dental sector are encouraged to get involved and share their hard work; great patient care, examples of team work, collaborative projects, innovative ideas, cutting-edge research, charitable work, volunteering or even a kind patient comment! Use the 24th of May to communicate and learn from dental colleagues and widen your dental community across the globe.


#dentistry24 is also a channel for the profession to show its human side - use the ‘I am ....’ theme to showcase the many interesting and diverse interests and talents of the profession when not ‘doing dentistry’.


Who will be involved? Everyone! This is open to anyone involved with dentistry; dentists, nurses, therapists, hygienists, technicians, suppliers, students, primary, secondary, tertiary care, all specialities and everything in between!


Are you ready to learn and network with colleagues? Join the #dentistry24 network now!


11th May 2018"TEETH"

Wellcome Collection | 17 May – 16 September 2018

From vampires and tooth fairies to barber-surgeons and professional dentists, Wellcome Collection’s summer exhibition will trace the evolution of our relationship with our teeth and what they say about us. Opening in May 2018, TEETH will feature over 150 objects, including cartoons and caricatures, protective amulets, toothpaste advertisements and a range of chairs, drills and training tools.

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TEETH will be the first exhibition to chart the history of the profession that has shaped the way we live with, or without, our teeth. It will draw on the rich collections assembled by Henry Wellcome, alongside loans from key Northern European collections including the substantial holdings of the British Dental Association in London.


Exploring the origins of dentistry, and the emergence of the smile, the exhibition will feature the first scientific treatise on teeth. Le Chirugien-Dentiste (the Surgeon-Dentist), 1728, by Pierre Fauchard, will be displayed with examples of early techniques, tools and dentures made from hippopotamus ivory.


Examples of tooth care for the wealthy will include the hygiene set used by Queen Victoria’s dentist, dentures belonging to King William IV and Napoleon’s toothbrush. The barber-surgeons and blacksmiths who performed extractions for the less privileged will be depicted in paintings, with caricatures by Thomas Rowlandson contrasting the suffering of the poor with the ostentatious smiles of the wealthy as they display new, gleaming dentures.


Emerging technologies in the 19th and 20th centuries led to a more industrialised approach to tooth care. The exhibition will chart the changing availability and affordability of consumer products such as toothpastes and brushes, as well as the evolution of dental drills, the use of x-rays and the advent of anaesthetic. Giant mouths and oversized teaching tools from the collections of the University Of Utrecht, Netherlands, will reveal techniques for training dentists, who had to practise on large models before moving to the intricacy of working inside a human mouth.


TEETH will explore the idea of oral hygiene as a right and a responsibility. Poster campaigns, films and animations will show the ways in which we have been encouraged to look after our teeth, with protective routines to prevent decay. The exhibition will also look at how adverts for tooth care have had to compete against those for sugar-rich products.


Fears and anxieties around teeth and dentistry have long existed. Ancient Roman votives and 19th century amulets thought to protect against pain will be shown alongside images of St Apollonia, the patron saint of tooth pain who was martyred after having her teeth shattered. The very particular relationship children have with the gaining and losing of teeth will be revealed, showing how different families assist the work of the tooth fairy, and how parents, dentists and new technologies can help combat anxiety.


As the only visible part of the human skeleton, teeth are intrinsically linked to identity, both individual and cultural. From the lengths some will go to for a Hollywood smile, to the providing of vital forensic clues in the aftermath of warfare or natural catastrophe, our teeth say a lot about who we are. The exhibition will consider the language we use around teeth, such as gnashing them, gritting them or lying through them, and will examine the tensions surrounding tooth-care, whether for health, comfort or confidence.


TEETH will run from 17 May to 16 September 2018 and is curated by James Peto, with Emily Scott-Dearing. The exhibition is inspired by The Smile Stealers by Richard Barnett, published by Thames & Hudson in association with Wellcome Collection.



11th May 2018New DTA GDPR Document Available

A new document, "DTA - GDPR Guidance" is now available for members

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To read this document please log in and go to the Guidance Documents page and select the GDPR section


4th May 2018Notice on the restrictions of use and disposal of dental amalgam

You may be aware that a new European Union Regulation 2017/852 on mercury) has been published regarding the use and disposal of mercury. Specifically Article 10 of the regulation introduces provisions that will need to be implemented by all dental professionals in the UK...

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Dear Colleague,


For information: Notice on the restrictions of use and disposal of dental amalgam


You may be aware that a new European Union Regulation 2017/852 on mercury) has been published regarding the use and disposal of mercury. Specifically Article 10 of the regulation introduces provisions that will need to be implemented by all dental professionals in the UK:


Article 10[1])- With effect from 01 January 2019, dental amalgam must only be used in pre-dosed encapsulated form.

Article 10[2]- From 1 July 2018, dental amalgam shall not be used for dental treatment of:
o Pregnant or breastfeeding women
o Children under 15 years
o Deciduous teeth
except when deemed strictly necessary by the dental practitioner based on the specific medical needs of the patient.

Article 10[4]- With effect from 01 January 2019 dental facilities must be equipped with an amalgam separator, and by 01 January 2021, all separators must retain at least 95% of amalgam particles. (This latter requirement applies to any new separators installed from January 2018 onwards).

Article 10[6]- With effect from 01 January 2018 - Dental practitioners shall ensure that their amalgam waste, including amalgam residues, particles and fillings, and teeth, or parts thereof, contaminated by dental amalgam, is handled and collected by an authorised waste management establishment or undertaking.
It is recognised that three of the provisions (Article 10 [1], Article 10[4] and Article 10[6]) are already accommodated by the majority of practices in England:

  • Amalgam waste should be handled by authorised waste management establishments.
  • Similarly, for dental facilities in England, separators capturing 95% of particles are presently a prerequisite.
  • Health and high quality care for all, now and for future generations
  • Exclusive pre-dosed amalgam is widely available in the UK; usage within dental practice has been ubiquitous for some time.


In relation to Article 10[2] the provision on restricting amalgam in certain patient groups; consultation and careful consideration continues to be given to how implementation may be best supported at practice level. Further guidance is in development with the Chief Dental Officers for Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland and will be published in due course.


Yours sincerely,
Sara J Hurley, Chief Dental Officer England


4th May 2018ACAS - National e-connect newsletter

Articles include:

Information about GDPR

Bank holidays

Mental health awareness

Absence management

Drugs and alcohol in the workplace

Take part in the Equal Lives survey

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4th May 2018An ideal alternative to explore - Ultaire™ AKP

Ultaire™ AKP is a new high performance polymer that has been custom developed by Solvay Dental 360™ specifically for the fabrication of removable partial denture (RPD) frames

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Speaking from Hughes Dental Laboratory in Harrogate, owner and CDT Jonathan Hughes, provided his professional opinion of the material:

“Ultaire™ AKP is a very versatile material that offers a viable alternative to metal. It enables us to engage to deeper undercuts, which is ideal for lingually inclined dentition and it can provide an ideal solution for tricky cases, particularly where other prosthesis have failed in the past.


For technicians, Ultaire™ AKP is a much cleaner material to work with compared to colbalt/chrome and flexible materials. It is also easy to trim and when designed correctly, takes very little time to fit down.


“Ultaire™ AKP has an elastic modulus of 3500 MPa and a flexural strength of 148 MPa, which means that it is resistant to deformation and provides a strong, stable and retentive RPD framework for patients. In addition, Ultaire™ AKP is also much nicer to occlude against compared to metal backings, and according to the feedback I have received, the sensation is preferable to chrome on the mucosa.


“Technicians may not be used to seeing Ultaire™ AKP routinely just yet, but this does not mean that we should not explore the numerous design concepts it enables, experiment a bit and use the material to our advantage.”


For more information about Solvay Dental 360™, Ultaire™ AKP and Dentivera™ milling discs, please visit www.solvaydental360.com


4th May 2018Tailored training for technicians

Looking to learn new skills, discover new software and network with like-minded individuals?


Nobel Biocare’s tailored training courses for dental technicians provide a convenient opportunity for all three.

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Offering educational sessions and training that explore a broad range of CAD/CAM prosthetics, workflows and services, these sessions are designed to maximize your efficiency, save time for your laboratory and add flexibility to your skill set.


Specialists will guide you through the use of innovative technology such as the DTX Studio™ design software, providing detailed instructions that will help you learn its functionalities. After mastering this software through hands-on exercises and demonstrations you will then also learn to make individualized abutments, crowns, bridges and more.


Contact Nobel Biocare to find a training course near you today.


For more information, contact Nobel Biocare on 0208 756 3300, or visit www.nobelbiocare.com


2nd May 20182 New Job Vacancies Available

There are two new job vacancies advertised on the Jobs Page on this website.

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The vacancies are:


1. Education Associate vacancies at the General Dental Council


2. Great opportunity to set up a brand new dental laboratory - Hampshire


For more information and contact details, please visit the Jobs Page on this website


2nd May 2018DTA President's May blog is now available

This month's President's blog is now available to read online. Please go to https://www.dta-uk.org/presidents-blog.php for his latest news.


25th April 2018DTA & GDPR

As I'm sure you are aware, the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will come into effect from 25 May 2018

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10th April 2018Part-time training opportunity for trainee dental technicians - University of Aberdeen

Our specialist DipHE in Dental Technology provides trainee dental technicians with the knowledge and technical experience to enable them to manufacture, repair and provide advice on custom-made dental appliances

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For more information and contact details, please visit the Jobs page on this website


10th April 2018RCPCH children's oral health campaign - "Abolish postcode lottery to good dental health", say children’s doctors

Survey by The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and Mumsnet reveals difficulty accessing free oral health care and lack of awareness of dental checks for 1 year olds

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Children’s doctors are today calling for councils to give every child an equal opportunity to good dental health as a survey of 1,000 Mumsnetusers reveals around one quarter had problems accessing free NHS dental care.Only half of those who responded also said they were aware of official advice recommending they take their child to the dentist before their first birthday.

The survey conducted by Mumsnet for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) assessed parents’ knowledge of children’s oral health and experience of accessing dental care. It found:

- Only 50% knew that the NHS recommends taking your child to a dentist before their first birthday
- 23% had problems accessing free NHS dental care, either for themselves during pregnancy and in the early days of motherhood, or for their children

Over a third (41%) of five-year-olds every year are diagnosed with tooth decay1 and tooth decay is the most common single reason why children aged five to nine require admission to hospital.

It has prompted callsfrom the RCPCH for areas where there are significant oral health problems to prioritise children’s oral health in their Health and Wellbeing strategies and use tried and tested schemes like supervised tooth brushing in nurseries and Brushing for Life packs – packs which contain toothbrushes, fluoride toothpaste and information ondental hygiene –to improve outcomes and reduce health inequalities.

It is known that:
• Every 10 minutes a child in England has a rotten tooth removed in hospital
• Five-year-olds living in the most deprived areas of England are at least three times more likely to experience severe tooth decay than children living in the most affluent areas -limited access to healthy, nutritious food and missing out on healthcare is to blame
Dr Elizabeth O'Sullivan of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) said:

“Tooth decay is a horrible condition which causes toothache,cavities to develop in the teeth and sometimes abscesses. To treat it, children often have to have their decayed tooth extracted and this is an expensive business,costing the NHS around £50m for those under the age of 19. The prospect of having an operation is often scary for children and the risks associated with them should not be underplayed.

“Currently, there is a postcode lottery in children’s oral health with some areas providing high quality interventions and awareness campaigns while others do not. This means there are pockets of children up and down the country missing out on services that are provided free of charge to othersin neighbouring towns and cities. Surely it is easier to prevent poor dental health rather than try and treat it when it’s too late. That’s why we are calling for all local authorities to show they take children’s dental health seriously by prioritising oral health in Health and Wellbeing Strategies in areas where the oral health of children and young people is a significant problem..”

Rowan Davies, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Mumsnet, said: ‘Finding out that your child has bad oral health or needs a filling can be a really disappointing and even embarrassing moment for parents; it’s even worse if the problem has been compounded by difficulty accessing care. Together with a good diet and regular brushing, the availability of affordable dentistry is an important part of the puzzle.’

There are a number of successful child oral health schemes already provided by local authorities including:

• Derbyshire (Derby Teaching Hospital): A dentist is now based in the hospital working alongside professionals to promote child oral health – it is thought to be the first position of its kind in the UK.


Working with medical students from University of Nottingham, Colgate, Derbyshire Salaried Primary Dental Care and the children’s outpatients’ team, the ‘Bin the Bottle, Dump the Dummy’ campaign successfully engaged with over 200 families to raise awareness, teach and sign-post children and families to good dental hygiene.


An advert airing on Capital Radio has been developedto sign-post listeners to local information on dental health services. This advert is also going to be played on the tannoy system in the children’s emergency and outpatient department.


• London Borough of Hillingdon:Hillingdon Dental Health Educator along with a dentist also attended several community centres including Hayes Town Mosque at the beginning of the year to provide dental health advice to the men, women and children who use the facilities. They also ran ‘Bottle-to-cup’ events encouraging parents to swap their baby’s (1yrs+) bottle for beakers or cups.


• Milton Keynes: The council run SMILE training for practitioners and anyone else who comes into contact with children and young people. The two-hour training is delivered with dietitians and covers tooth care and healthy eating, raising awareness of the importance of good oral health.


• Blackpool (Blackpool Better Start Partnership):a supervised tooth brushing scheme has been in place in children’s centres since 2016, aimed at improving oral health skills in 2–4 year olds. In March 2017, the Better Start programme rolled out a toolkit for nurseries and child minders to initiate supervised tooth brushing in their own settings which includes fluoride toothpaste, tooth brush storage containers and timers along with guidance on tooth brushing, tooth brush songs and healthy snack guidance


The RCPCH is inviting local authorities and communities to send in examples of their effective children’s oral health interventions, which the College will add to an interactive map, to promote and share good practice and innovative ideas. The RCPCH is also recommending:

• Individuals
- swap fizzy drinks for water
- brush your child’s teeth twice daily for two minutes at a time with fluoride toothpaste
- ensure your child visits the dentist by their 1st birthday


• National Government
- recurrent costs of Community Water Fluoridation (CWF) Schemes should be removed from Local Authority responsibility and instead covered by NHS England


• Local authorities
- Oral Health Community Champions should be adopted by all local authorities in England to help raise awareness of good oral health in the community
- Areas where there are significant oral health problems should prioritise children’s oral health in their Health and Wellbeing strategies.



9th April 2018Sugar Tax a 'game-changer'

The Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP(UK)) has welcomed the new sugar tax as a ‘game-changer’ for oral health, and says the latest data on childhood tooth extractions highlight its necessity.

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The Faculty was among the organisations which campaigned for the Soft Drinks Industry Levy, which comes into force today and taxes manufacturers 18 pence per litre for drinks with total sugar content above 5 grams per 100ml, and 24 pence per litre for those above 8 grams per 100ml.


A quarter of 5 year olds have tooth decay, and the latest release of figures by Public Health England shows that tooth extraction remains the number one cause of hospitalisation among 5-9 year olds, with over 35,000 children admitted each year for the procedure and 60,000 school days missed as a result.


A typical 330ml can of fizzy drink contains 35g (nine teaspoons) of sugar, well in excess of the recommended maximum total intakes of 19g a day for 4 to 6 year olds, 24g for 7 to 10 year olds, and 30g for those aged 11 or over. However, reformulation since the new tax was announced is already estimated to have removed 45 million kilograms of sugar from the UK’s annual drinks consumption, and such has been the desire of firms to avoid it that the Treasury has had to revise down its forecast annual revenue by more than half.


However with tooth decay costing the NHS £3.4bn a year, FGDP(UK) says the £240m raised by the levy should be spent on oral health promotion. The Faculty has also called for the tax to be extended to milk-based drinks, and for further restrictions on the marketing and price promotion of high sugar food and drink.


Dr Mick Horton, Dean of FGDP(UK), said:


“British adults consume three times as much sugar as we should be, and drinks remain our children’s biggest dietary source of sugar. While the latest official figures on hospital admissions of children for tooth extraction are cause enough for concern, they are only the tip of the iceberg, as tooth decay affects millions and the vast majority of treatment for this almost entirely preventable disease takes place in general dental practice.


“The Sugar Tax is a game-changer which will reinforce the message that diet is of critical importance to oral and wider health, and dentists will be delighted to finally see it in effect. Hitting the manufacturers where it hurts has already proved effective, and having to pay extra for the highest sugar drinks should also persuade more consumers to make healthier choices.”


5th April 2018DTS Press Releases

Below are some New DTS releases:


  • Marcus Rickard (GDPR)
  • Line Up
  • Enhanced CPD
  • Learning


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GDPR – moving towards compliance!


Marcus Rickard – a barrister, member of a top regulatory Chambers in London and member of New Leaf Advisory (www.newleafadvisory.co.uk) – will be helping delegates move towards compliance under GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) at the Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) 2018. He says:


“I’ll be discussing GDPR from a barrister’s perspective, demonstrating its applicability to dental laboratories and dental practices. I hope to do some myth-busting, clarifying what professionals need to do and providing some straightforward advice on what is a complicated area.


“During my lecture, I’ll also introduce a possible solution via Transactor V8 lab software, working in conjunction with Cable Dental Software, which is designed to minimise and anonymise data, aiding GDPR compliance and best practice. It also keeps all case information within one distinct, secure portal and removes the need for various different communication platforms, which can result in a clumsy, antiquated and time-consuming data collection process.”


For confidence in your GDPR compliance and to discover what solutions are available to make your life easier, don’t miss Marcus in the Digital & Innovation Theatre. Register free for DTS online!


For more information on Transactor lab software, visit www.transactorsystems.com
To discover Cable Dental software, visit www.cabledental.co.uk



A line-up like no other

In order to provide the highest standard of education, the Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) 2018 has once again brought together a fantastic speaker line-up for all delegates to enjoy.


Among the speakers in the DTS Lecture Theatre – which has been programmed by the Dental Technicians Guild (DTG) – will be John Wibberley, Stefan Picha, Dr Finlay Sutton, George Morgan and Phil Reddington. They will cover everything from dentures to high performance polymer materials and enhancing aesthetics of prostheses.


The Orthodontic Technicians Association (OTA) and British Association of Clinical Dental Technology (BACDT) will be supporting sessions that cover systemic disease in older people, the evolution of light curing, occlusal management and oral cancer, among other topics. Speakers here will include Professor StJohn Crean, Stephen Prime, Derren Neve, Matt Burnell, Steve Taylor, Finlay Sutton, Jonathan Hughes, Craig Parker and Andrea Johnson, among many others.


Inspired learning and shared knowledge

The Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) has carved itself a reputation for inspiring presentations delivered by world-class speakers and this year will be no exception.


Returning to the programme for 2018 is John Wibberley, who will again be speaking at the popular DTS Lecture Theatre.

He says:


“I will be presenting a three-year follow up on a f/f denture case, for which I customised both teeth and gums with composite. I want to share with attendees a look at what happened and why.


“I am also going to present the laboratory and clinical stages for f/f immediate load cases, showing both treatment planning and diagnostics. Finally, I will present all the different restorations we use for our fixed final restorations.


“Even if you are not doing dentures, or fixed restorations on full arches, anyone who attends will benefit from hearing about the techniques and protocols we use every day in the lab. There is something here for everyone!”



Enhanced learning opportunities

The Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) 2018 is the perfect place for dental technicians and clinical dental technicians to gain verifiable CPD.


The huge variety of lectures means there is something for everyone, ensuring an informative and highly relevant learning experience for all. These include the DTS Lecture Theatre programmed by the DTG, the OTA Seminars and CDT Conference.


Particularly important in light of the new enhanced CPD rules, every delegate will receive a CPD certificate following the event to demonstrate the hours accrued.


What’s more, DTS 2018 is completely free to attend, so there’s absolutely no reason not to attend!


To make the most of all the educational opportunities at DTS 2018 and to truly tailor your learning to your own needs and interests, register for your free delegate passes online today.



DTS 2018 will be held on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May at the NEC in Birmingham, co-located with the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show.

For further details, visit www.the-dts.co.uk, call 020 7348 5270 or email dts@closerstillmedia.com


5th April 2018More than a decade of successful partnership

“Nobel Biocare products and solutions offer our laboratory a superb way of streamlining our processes and working closely with our customers to achieve great results for the patient.”

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Jonathan Allport-Parkinson from Allport & Vincent Dental Laboratory in Oxford has been working with Nobel Biocare over the past 13 years. He currently uses the NobelProcera 2G scanner, is an advocate of the NobelClinician planning software and has also recently invested in the Studio DTX software, designed in collaboration with KaVo Kerr.


He continues:

“We have received excellent support from our Nobel Biocare Territory Manager and NobelProcera Specialist. They have supported the lab and really helped us in promoting our services to new dental practices with a similar mindset to us – all the things you'd expect from a leading manufacturer of quality products.


“Not only have the team supported us in the training of Nobel Biocare products, they have also found opportunities for us to present our capabilities in front of new audiences, such as the Nobel Biocare Study Club Programme

“I would absolutely recommend Nobel Biocare and its systems to others.”


For more information, contact Nobel Biocare on 0208 756 3300, or visit www.nobelbiocare.com



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