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21st February 2020The Dental Technology Showcase - Tailored to the profession

The Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) will concentrate on four key themes for 2020, ensuring that it meets the needs of dental technicians and lab owners.

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Digital dentistry

Our educational programme and trade floor will highlight the true value of digital innovations from 3D printers to CAM/CAM technologies.


Next generation
We aim to inspire the next generation of dental technicians so that we can support and help to build a strong future for the profession.


Indoor air quality
We’ll look at how the safety of dental technicians can be optimised with solutions designed to improve air quality in the lab.


Financial infrastructure
To make more technologies more affordable for more people, we have partnered with MediFinance to offer payment plans on a wide range of solutions.


DTS 2020 – Friday 15 & Saturday 16 May – NEC in Birmingham, co-located with the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show. Visit www.the-dts.co.uk, call 020 7348 5270 or email dts@closerstillmedia.com


18th February 2020A wealth of information at the click of your mouse

As a DTA member, have you taken advantage of the wealth of information found in the ‘Useful articles’ section of the members’ area of DTA’s website?

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There are literally hundreds of articles, published in previous editions of The Technologist (TT) that date back to 2009 on topics covering the whole spectrum of your core CPD criteria. From dental laboratory tailored HR advice from our regular ‘expert’, Richard Mander, to infection control best practice guidance from Rebecca Taylor, Professor of Microbiology at the School of Healthcare Science, Manchester Metropolitan University.


Refresh your knowledge of digital taxation and pensions, evaluate the ethical aspects of your professional approach with an array of articles from safeguarding and complaints, to honesty, and of course, review the hundreds of technical features, including prosthetics, C&B, orthodontic digital, and so much more.


Explore the members area of the DTA website now.


12th February 2020Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice

Information for the public on the outbreak of coronavirus in China, including the current situation in the UK and information about the virus and its symptoms is being updated daily at 2pm on the government website.


It has been reported that nine patients in England have tested positive for coronavirus. The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, has announced “regulations have been put in place to reduce the risk of further human-to-human transmission in this country by keeping individuals in isolation where public health professionals believe there is a reasonable risk an individual may have the virus.”

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The Chief Medical Office for England has issued advice in conjunction with National Infection Service and National Medical Director.

“It is essential that an accurate travel history is obtained from all patients with acute respiratory infections to help identify potential cases.

We are now recommending that all travellers who develop relevant symptoms, however mild, within 14 days of returning from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau should self-isolate at home immediately and call NHS 111. We are already recommending that travellers from Wuhan and Hubei Province should self-isolate for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, due to the increased risk from that area.
Primary care practices are asked to identify possible cases, isolate them immediately, and ask the patient to call NHS111 from their mobile (or GP landline if a mobile is unavailable). Primary care settings are not expected to undertake any clinical assessment or sampling. Guidance for primary care can be found here.” 

Important links
Daily update from the Department of Health and Social Care daily update
Guidance for primary care
letter from NHSE/I
Guidance from Public Health England on how to identify and manage a suspected case of 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease


6th February 2020DTA Response to Illegal Manufacturing of Dental Appliances

The DTA has worked hard to ensure that there’s a ‘level playing’ field in terms of compliance with the MDD, MDR and indeed all other regulations. Something that relates not just to the importation of dental appliances but also the in-clinic manufacture of anything from a whitening tray to a crown. This has involved high profile activities, such as instigating the Kingsholm Group in harmony with other key stakeholders along with informative articles for our members. But perhaps even more importantly a constant stream of behind the scenes lobbying against illegal practice with the regulatory authorities. Something that we cannot always share, but regardless the DTA is always fighting against illegal activity.

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As ever the best way of making our voice heard is to represent the broadest coalition of Dental Technicians. So we urge all Dental Technicians to consider joining the DTA, the professional organisation for all Dental Technicians.


Help us to promote professional dental technology by sharing the DTA article ‘In-clinic manufacturing of Custom Made Dental Devices’ to all dental professionals.


28th January 2020The GDC Publish their Costed Corporate Plan 2020

The plan has been published as part of their new approach to strategic planning and, alongside the Corporate Strategy 2020-2022: Right time, right place, right touch, promotes a greater understanding of the relationship between their regulatory activity and fees.

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The Costed Corporate Plan 2020 includes detailed work programme, set out across their five strategic aims and their overall approach is captured by our strategy’s title:

  • Right time: illustrates our focus on developing our approach to upstream regulation.
  • Right place: reflects our work to support issues resolution by the correct organisation and to promote local complaint resolution, wherever possible.
  • Right touch: highlights our commitment to ensuring our enforcement activity and decision-making is evidence based and proportionate.

View the GDC Costed Corporate Plan 2020 on their website.


24th January 2020MDR Brexit Update from MHRA

On the 23 January 2020 the MHRA published some new information on how to prepare for Brexit stating that their role in regulating medical devices remains integral and preparations to implement proposed new Regulations for Medical Devices continue.

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“Following the outcome of the EU referendum, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is working closely with the Government to analyse the best options and opportunities available for the safe and effective regulation of medicines and medical devices in the UK.


While negotiations continue, the UK remains a full and active member of the EU, with all the rights and obligations of EU membership firmly in place. Working with our partners, stakeholders and customers, our focus remains: protecting health and improving lives.”


Read more on the government website.


17th January 2020The GDC announce the launch of a pilot for changes to the Rule 4 stage of the Fitness to Practise process

On 16 January the GDC announced the launch of a pilot for changes to the Rule 4 stage of the Fitness to Practise process. The pilot has been introduced in response to feedback from dental professionals and their representatives consulted last year.



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The Rule 4 stage allows for dental professions to submit their comments or observations in response to the concern that has been raised about them. Dental professionals subject to investigations do not have to provide observations, but most do.


The changes being piloted will allow dental professions, who are subject to fitness to practise investigations, to request a 14-day extension to the current 28-day time limit to submit their observations. Further, the GDC will be disclosing the clinical assessment when it is received, to assist with the formulation of detailed and informed observations.


The changes are only being applied in clinical cases of a certain type. The criteria for case inclusion in the pilot can be found on the GDC website.


GDC Executive Director, Fitness to Practise Transition, Tom Scott, said:


“We understand, and are sympathetic to, the time pressures faced by dental professionals and their representatives in the fitness to practise process. Extending the time frame in certain cases to ensure we receive the best possible evidence aligns with our view that we need to be fully informed of all relevant facts as early as possible.”


The GDC say that "Although the proposals were met with overall support, we also saw calls for the extension to apply to all cases and not just those of a clinical nature. However, in addition to enabling a measurable and well-defined pilot, we also need to consider impact on patient safety and timeliness of case progression. Therefore, at least for the pilot, the extension will remain focused on single patient clinical concerns. It’s also important to note that the pilot is complementary to the existing arrangements for extensions."


The GDC consultation outcome report is on their website.


23rd December 2019New report into state of oral health in care homes

A new report into state of oral health in care homes explores the barriers that prevent good oral hygiene. Time and lack of resources have been found to be one of the major factors in causing poor oral health in care homes.

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To date, 52.3 per cent of Wales 650 care homes have been targeted to participate in the programme. Participants receive training and support in delivering a high standard of oral care.


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21st December 2019Adjusting to new technologies

The modern dental laboratory is almost unrecognisable from the same environment of ten years ago. With digital innovations becoming the norm, changes in workflows and technology have reformed the way that these businesses work.

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However, unlike technology – which continues to update and improve – people cannot learn in an instant, and therefore adjusting to the digital age and any new systems can bring some difficulty. As such, it’s worthwhile exploring options that can help technicians to embrace these systems and workflows so that your laboratory can continue to innovate and look to the future.

A tricky transition
In many ways it seems odd that changing systems within the workplace can cause problems for people, especially as new technology tends to come with so many benefits. The reason behind this is likely due to emotions.

There are a number of ways that people react to change. Whilst some emotions, such as excitement, can be beneficial, there are also inevitable feelings such as threat, fear and anxiety that may cause people to react badly to any new systems or technology.

Try before you buy
As with all innovations, digital technologies have a learning curve that is necessary for technicians to master. Every system is unique, and equipment such as a new milling machine or a new design software can take time to truly get to grips with.


This raises the quandary of how to ensure that the technology you invest in will be they aren’t fitting in well with your workflows. This is the perfect opportunity to experiment with different options, finding one that suits the majority of your team. This may delay the process at first; however, it will be worth it in the long run if it keeps your team motivated and doesn’t cause them constant frustration.

Once you have settled on a piece of equipment, it’s also worthwhile seeing whether the manufacturer hosts any training courses related to how the technologies work. These courses are a fantastic way to quickly master the basic functions of any new design software or milling machines, and also ensure that every team member understands the equipment fully, allowing them to start using it right away without any guesswork.

Demonstrate the benefits
It’s likely that one of the biggest hurdles you’ll have to overcome when introducing new technology is the pervasive attitude that the old system was somehow better.

One way to overcome this is to demonstrate the benefits of the system to them in person. If training courses for the equipment are not readily available, it makes sense to show people the capabilities of the system and how these will directly benefit them. Does the new milling machine have the capability to work with new materials?

Or does the new design software have more powerful CAD/CAM tools to help improve design accuracy? By pointing out how these features can help make things easier for your team, they are likely to be far more accepting, even if they have been using the previous equipment for years.


A two-way technological relationship
Of course, one way to ensure that your team continues to benefit from new technology is to ensure that the equipment used by collaborating dentists is compatible. Technicians know how frustrating it is to have to find new design software to cope with the different file types sent by various digital intraoral scanners, and therefore it’s worth recommending open systems to dentists such as the CS 3600 from Carestream Dental.
As this scanner sends files in an open STL format, this means that technicians can use the design software of their choice, so you won’t have to continuously introduce new systems and go through the learning curve each time.

A learning process
Investing in new systems is always going to cause some difficulties in the time it takes for staff to adapt to them. However, by seeking out training courses, demonstrating the benefits of new systems and encouraging dentists to choose technology which means that new systems will not have to be invested in often, you can help your team to embrace new solutions quickly and, most importantly, start to get the most out of them straight away.

For more information,
contact Carestream Dental on 0800 169 9692 or visit www.carestreamdental.co.uk



By David, at Carestream Dental


19th December 2019'Sugar overload' warning for festive hot drinks

A study has found that some of the most popular seasonal drinks, including lattes and hot chocolates, sold by some High Street coffee chains, can contain up to 23 spoonfuls of sugar per cup.

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Action on Sugar, which analysed more than 200 drinks, said consumers may be unknowingly opting for extra sugar because of a lack of labelling and the perception vegan options were healthier, when actually some shops used pre-sweetened alternatives to cow's milk.


The most shocking finding from the study was the amount of sugar in the "venti" (a pint) Starbucks Signature Caramel Hot Chocolate made with oat milk but topped with whipped cream.


It contains 23 teaspoons (93.7g) of sugar and 758 calories, which Action on Sugar says is as much as three cans of Coca-Cola or four white chocolate and strawberry muffins.


Read the full article for more of the findings and guidance on how much sugar we should be consuming. >>



18th December 2019Brushing teeth three times a day could reduce risk of heart failure, claims study

An article published by The Independent explores the impact of brushing your teeth three times a day. A new study has claimed that brushing your teeth more than twice a day could reduce your risk of suffering heart failure by more than 10 per cent.

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The study, which was published in journal European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, found that three per cent of the individuals developed atrial fibrillation over the course of the study, while approximately five per cent experienced heart failure.


However, scientists say the study has its limitations and that it is 'too early to recommend tooth brushing for prevention of heart failure', as more research is needed. - The Independent.


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6th December 2019The ideal camera for the entire spectrum of digital dental photography: Eyespecial C-III by SHOF

SHOFU’s new EyeSpecial C-III is very pleasant to use in daily practice, thanks to its easy handling and excellent image quality. And it can be used for lots of purposes e.g. taking mock-up images of planned anterior restorations that patients can take home on USB sticks right away; after all, anticipation is the greatest pleasure. By visualising the functional and aesthetic quality of a planned treatment result in the decision phase, the EyeSpecial C-III can greatly enhance dentist-patient communication.

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The EyeSpecial C-III creates excellent high resolution images for all indications and applications of dental photography. This compact camera, for one-handed use with intuitive LCD touchscreen control, features a 12-megapixel CMOS sensor for fast imaging at high frame rates, outperforming even its predecessor, the EyeSpecial C-II.


SHOFU’s next-generation camera, which weighs only 590 grams, and can be easily disinfected with wipes, sets new standards for photography in dental practices by combining exceptional user-friendliness with outstanding versatility.

Delegating routine photography to dental assistants? No problem. Eight shooting modes with preset parameters for exposure time, aperture and flash allow users to easily take the desired image, intraoperatively documenting treatment steps as an image sequence: That is exactly what the ‘Surgery’ mode is designed for. Taking perfect pictures of distal tooth aspects: with the integrated mirror, the ‘Mirror’ mode correctly photographs distal areas and automatically reverses the image taken. Further improving the reliability of shade communication with the dental laboratory: ‘Isolate Shade’ combines a true colour image with a copy displaying soft tissues in grey. In addition, ‘Low Glare’ makes incisal transparencies of reference teeth much easier to read for technicians. And the EyeSpecial C-III features even more special modes for intraoral and extraoral images.


Besides, the shooting modes may be modified by additional, easy-to-configure settings to meet individual preferences. This
smart concept, into which even radiographs can be integrated, helps to make day-to-day data exchange with the lab clear and easy.


For further information, please contact Shofu UK on 01732 783 580 or sales@shofu.co.uk


3rd December 2019The GDC respond to The Telegraph “spying row” article

Last month we shared an article published by The Telegraph that revealed dentists have become embroiled in a "spying" row with regulator, GDC, which has reportedly ‘spent thousands of pounds on private investigators who have posed as patients’ families.’ 

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Stefan Czerniawski, who joined the GDC as the Strategy Executive Director in October 2019, has responded to the article to explain how the GDC uses ‘undercover’ investigators. He confirmed that the GDC don’t do random inspections or mystery shopping. Sometimes they receive allegations which are very hard to gather evidence, yet would give rise to real concern if they were well founded, and it is those instances that undercover investigators are necessary.


Stefan reported that “Since the beginning of 2017 there has not been a single investigation of a fitness to practise concern about a dentist which included an undercover visit. Over the same period, there were just 12 undercover visits contributing to investigations of dental care professionals. That’s 0.2% of the new fitness to practise concerns we have received since the beginning of 2017. So, to turn that round, in 99.8% of cases, undercover visits play no part in the investigation.”


The DTA executive team raised this important issue with the GDC at the end of September. Our concerns with regard to the methodology used by both private and internal GDC investigators appeared to be taken seriously and we have monitored the situation since.


Read the full blog piece on the GDC website >>


25th November 2019Efficient management of money

A new year brings exciting possibilities. Will 2020 see you investing in the growth of your business, starting a new venture, buying new equipment, career planning or determining your exit strategy and retirement?

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Whatever your plans, managing your money as efficiently as possible is essential. Every business needs to continually invest to keep pace with progress, maintain high standards and operate as efficiently as possible. For some businesses, this investment may be largely in personnel or somewhat intangible things like marketing or advertising. For others, this may involve equipment and state-of-the-art technology.

Dentistry falls largely into the latter category, although of course, investing in people and marketing is also very important. Over the last 25 years the nature of dental laboratory equipment has improved and grown at a very rapid rate with new technologies and systems of delivering dental appliances to the patient becoming ever more complex and consequently more expensive. In the 1980s, it was possible to fully equip a
dental laboratory for not much more than £20,000; today that figure could be over £100,000, depending on the level of technology employed.


Financing such investment has always presented the dental technician with a heavy financial burden given that even under a fully funded NHS dental service, the provision of equipment and indeed all the structural costs of the laboratory, are solely the technician’s responsibility. In today’s modern, ever more private treatment-orientated world, this burden just keeps increasing.

The introduction of leasing in the 1970s was of considerable value to dentists and dental technicians and continues to be so today, allowing for the immediate use of desired equipment without the need for any capital outlay. Regular monthly, fully tax allowable payments assist with budgeting and can be spread over periods from one to seven years. The tax treatment of leasing has always made this a popular option for laboratories, giving the total tax allowance at the individual’s highest tax rate within the term of the agreement. It also allows for equipment
to be updated according to its useful life without the perception of ownership deflecting solid business sense. With today’s tax system, HP is also favourably treated, giving 100% capital allowance in the first year – a powerful incentive to invest now and not delay, and perhaps suffer from a change in tax policy.

The providers of such finance for the dental industry are numerous, and needless to say cover a wide spectrum of experience, expertise and cost. Loans, leasing and HP for all dental laboratory equipment are available at very competitive terms backed up by expert advice and knowledge from some of the most experienced financial advisors in the market. Obtaining specialist advice is always a good policy and Medifinance is there to provide just that with a team of industry experts and a full range of personal and business financial services.


23rd November 2019General Dental Council Survey

General Dental Council survey to identify the boundaries of acceptable professional behaviour for members of the dental team.

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As part of that work, we invite you to complete a 2 (or 3-)stage online survey. The staged process allows us to explore areas of agreement amongst participants.


We are looking for responses from a wide range of UK-based people, including the general public, dental professionals, dental educators, dental students and policy makers.


Please access the survey via the following link : cardiff.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/gdc-delphi-study


It will just take around 10 minutes to complete. In the main, all questions are optional. The survey will close at midnight on Saturday 30th November.


Please share this email and link with your friends and colleagues.


Thank you for your participation.


21st November 2019Join us at the Dental Technology Showcase 2020

We are excited to be at the 2020 Dental Technology Showcase alongside over 60 other exhibitors, including some of the trades biggest brand names.

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This CPD training and education conference and exhibition, which runs over two days, is free to attend and will be a busy couple of days with lectures, exhibits and hands on education opportunities.


Save the date: Friday 15th and Saturday 16th May 2020, at the NEC in Birmingham, co-located with the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show.


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Find new areas of interest at DTS 2020

If you’re ready for the next stage in your career, discover fresh ideas and pathways into new areas at the Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) 2020.

There will be two days of education dedicated to all members of the dental lab community, with many leading speakers introducing new concepts and sharing their experience of new materials and technologies. You’ll also be able to pick up practical advice about which training courses might suit you best, enabling you to progress your skills in areas of interest to you.

Find your next step at DTS 2020.


Buy smart

Technology is one of the driving forces behind advancement in dentistry today. Make sure you choose the right equipment for your business by getting up-to-date with the latest in the market at the DTS 2020.

Whether you’re interested in 3D printers, milling machines or more, the lab-dedicated trade floor will host an array of leading manufacturers keen to demonstrate their cutting-edge innovations. Speak to the experts and seek bespoke advice to find out which technologies would suit your workflows best.

Further still, there will be education and enhanced CPD available for the whole lab team, so make sure you don’t miss out!


Facilitating investment

The Dental Technology Showcase 2020 will be all about demonstrating the value of innovative technologies in the market right now. It will also facilitate the purchase of equipment for lab owners to encourage optimal return on investment.

In addition to the bespoke information and advice available from trade experts, delegates will have access to payment options through MediFinance – a trusted finance group DTS has partnered with for the next event. The aim is to make the investment of innovations that will accelerate lab businesses more viable for owners.

Update, refresh and boost your business

It is just as important to work on the daily running of your laboratory as it is to deliver quality services to dentists. The DTS 2020 will provide fresh ideas and all the latest information on how you can optimise your business.

With two days of tailored education and an extensive trade exhibition, there will be an array of experts on hand to offer bespoke advice and guidance. You’ll also have the opportunity to network with like-minded lab owners and dental technicians to share experiences with and learn more about innovative business concepts from.

To register your interest in the event, visit www.the-dts.co.uk call 020 7348 5270
or email dts@closerstillmedia.com 



19th November 2019Dental organisations support World Antibiotic Awareness Week

National dental organisations are supporting World Antibiotic Awareness Week by reminding the dental profession about the importance of using antibiotics judiciously.

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The Faculty of General Dental Practice UK, the Association of Clinical Oral Microbiologists, the Association of Dental Hospitals, the British Association of Oral Surgeons and the dental sub-group of the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group have all welcomed the steady reduction in the number of antibiotic prescriptions issued in NHS primary dental care since 2011 - including a 9% reduction over the last year - but say more can be done to further reduce inappropriate prescribing in dentistry.

Antibiotic-resistant infections are expected to increase markedly over the next 20 years due to over-prescribing, leading to even simple surgical procedures becoming high-risk due to the potential for post-surgical infection with resistant micro-organisms.

With an estimated one in six patients prescribed antibiotics each year as part of their NHS dental treatment, dentistry accounts for around 5-7% of NHS antibiotic prescriptions, including 60% of metronidazole prescriptions in primary care. The organisations say the profession can do more to help keep antibiotics working by ensuring that every prescription is justified according to clinical need and national guidelines.

Dentists are also encouraged to update their knowledge by participating in a national survey of antibiotic prescribing, and taking the antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) e-learning modules, both of which provide free verifiable CPD.

A free dental AMS toolkit endorsed by the organisations provides patient information highlighting that antibiotics do not cure toothache, advice for dentists on the use of analgesics, and an antimicrobial prescribing self-audit tool.

The profession is also encouraged to take the dental pledges at http://antibioticguardian.com and to use the hashtags #AntibioticGuardian and #keepantibioticsworking on social media.

Antibiotic-resistant infections already cause an estimated 25,000 deaths each year in Europe, and the UK organisations are also collaborating with the French Society of Oral Surgeons to support the shared international goal of reducing inappropriate prescribing in dentistry.


12th November 2019Advancing Dental Care Workshops

Do the current dental education and training models supply a workforce with the skills to respond to the changing oral health needs of patients and services?

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The purpose of these events is to provide an opportunity for you to hear the findings to date, test thinking and input into refining reform. Attendees will also be able to develop and discuss options for flexible training for the dental workforce. The Advancing Dental Care (ADC) aim is to develop an education and training infrastructure that can respond to the changing needs of patients and services. 


By exploring more flexible dental training pathways, Health Education England’s ambition is to enhance recruitment and retention within the NHS; address geographical and skills shortages; and support dental workforce optimisation.


Who should attend? Anyone working/teaching or training in any role in the dental professions or provision of dental services or quality of care provided.


Where and when?


North West

  • 13th November 2019 - 5:00-8:00 - Double Tree Hotel, Warrington Road, Chester CH2 3PD. Book here

South West

  • 10th December 2019 - 6:00-9:30 - Future Inn, Bond Street, Bristol, BS1 3EN. Book here
  • 9th January 2020 - 6:00-9:30 - Peninsula Dental School, Research Way, Plymouth, PL6 8BT. Book here

Midlands and East

  • 12th November 2019 - 6:30-8:30 - Holiday Inn, Lakeview Road, Impington, Cambridge, CB24 9PH. Book by emailing claire.tulloch@hee.nhs.uk 

Thames Valley and Wessex

  • 26th November 2019 - 6:00-9:00 - Copthorne Hotel, Cippenham Lane, Slough, SL1 2YE. Book by emailing vicky.beal@hee.nhs.uk
  • 28th November 2019 - 6:00-9:00 - Holiday Inn, Leigh Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9PG. Book by emailing vicky.beal@hee.nhs.uk 

Yorkshire and Humber

  • 4th December 2019 - 1:00-4:00 - MalMaison, 1 Swinegate, Leeds, LS1 4AG. Book here

London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex

  • 18th December 2019 - 5:30-7:30 - Stewart House, Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DN. Book here




5th November 2019The Telegraph reveals “spying row” between dentists and GDC

A recent article published by The Telegraph finds that dentists have become embroiled in a "spying" row with regulator, GDC, which has reportedly ‘spent thousands of pounds on private investigators who have posed as patients’ families.’

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The Professional Standards Authority has said that, as part of a review of the GDC, it will explore the information revealed by the Telegraph, but said it would not comment on specific cases.


The Telegraph article, published 3rd November 2019, finds that the General Dental Council (GDC) has spent over £15,000 on covert services. When approached, the General Dental Council would not confirm use of these services and told the Telegraph that it uses this approach ‘rarely’.


The DTA executive team raised this important issue with the GDC at the end of September. Our concerns with regard to the methodology used by both private and internal GDC investigators appeared to be taken seriously and we have monitored the situation since. The DTA reminds all members that they should always act within their scope of practice and only perform tasks that they are fully indemnified to undertake.


Read the full article from The Telegraph here >>




4th November 2019Donate to Prostate Cancer UK

Throughout 2020 DTA will be supporting the Prostate Cancer UK charity and we encourage you to donate £1 when you pay your subscription to DTA in December.

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Prostate cancer mainly affects men over 50 and the risk increases with age. The risk is even higher for black men and men with a family history of prostate cancer.

Gabriella Bailey, Head of Community Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We’re so grateful that DTA have chosen to help raise vital funds for Prostate Cancer UK throughout 2020. The money raised will help us fund research for real change, from more effective testing to better treatments.

“Currently one man dies every 45 minutes from prostate cancer in the UK. That’s more than 11,500 men a year and by 2030, prostate cancer is set to become the most commonly diagnosed cancer of all in the UK. We need to turn the game around for men and make prostate cancer a disease that the next generation of men do not fear. We thank DTA for joining the fight.”

You can do more than just donate, there are numerous events throughout the UK that you can get involved in including walks, runs, cycling, golf or if you’re really adventurous how about a skydive? Visit www.prostatecanceruk.org to find out more.


Last year DTA members kindly donated £344 to Den-Tech charity, help us to raise more in 2020 to donate to Prostate Cancer UK.


31st October 2019GDC sets new ARF levels

Earlier this year, the GDC consulted on its proposed Corporate Strategy 2020–2022 and, later in the year, will be publishing their resulting strategy. This will set out their ambitious programme of work and the forecasted costs over the lifetime of the plan.

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DTA has been lobbying the GDC for a reduction in ARF fees and the GDC has recently announced new lower levels for the Annual Retention Fee (ARF) for all dental professionals. They are:

■ £680 for dentists
■ £114 for dental care professionals

These lower ARF levels reflect the expected costs of regulating dentists and dental care professionals over the next three years. The GDC suggests the reduced fees are possible due to their reduced operating costs, robust financial controls and significant changes to the organisation. In addition, they reflect the GDC’s aim to remove cross subsidy between different registrant groups wherever practicable, including the introduction of an assessment fee for new applicants which is planned for next year.


The new levels apply to the next rounds of ARF collection, which for dentists is by 31 December 2019, and for dental care professionals is by 31 July 2020. They will remain in place, barring any unforeseen exceptional circumstances, for the next three years, providing increased certainty for dental professionals.


For further information on the GDC’s fee setting policy, the GDC Corporate Strategy or annual renewal for dental professionals, please visit the GDC website at www.gdc-uk.org


29th October 2019Mouthguards: Fabrication Techniques and Novel Research - Free Workshop

DTA have teamed up with Dental Trauma UK and Manchester Metropolitan University to provide this free workshop. The workshop will enable Dental Care Professionals to enhance their knowledge within the field of sports custom-made mouthguards.

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Workshop details


When: Monday 2nd December 2019 or Friday 10th January 2020
Where: Manchester Metropolitan University
Register: http://bit.ly/mgwrkshp


The event is aimed at raising awareness of personal protective equipment in order to decrease the rate of injuries within sport. The workshops will include interactive activities and speakers who have extensive knowledge within the field of custom-made mouthguards. The workshops will also include invited speakers to share their professional experience and propose methods for mouthguard fabrication.


The learning outcome for attendees is to be able to identify and have knowledge of different techniques for fabrication of custom mouthguards.


To register for one of the workshops visit http://bit.ly/mgwrkshp. You will receive more information about the event once you have registered for your preferred date.


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