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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.


23rd October 2019Mouth Cancer Action Month

This year in the UK, around 8,300 people will be given the life-changing news that they have mouth cancer. These numbers continue to rise while the disease claims more lives than cervical and testicular cancer combined (The Oral Health Foundation).


This November you can join the Mouth Cancer Action Month campaign and help raise awareness of the symptoms of mouth cancer and the importance of early detection.

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Mouth Cancer Action Month is supported by the Mouth Cancer Foundation and the British Dental Health Foundation.


How to get involved


The Mouth Cancer Foundation have lots of useful information that you can share with colleagues, family and friends. Absolutely anyone can support the campaign for better oral health. Click here to learn more about mouth cancer >>


The Oral Health Foundation have produced a range of merchandise and resources to help you spread the word. From posters and umbrellas to blue lipstick, you can find all you need to help raise awareness. Click here for resources and merchandise >>


Social Media


You can get involved with the campaign on social media. This is a great way to show your support and help highlight the risks and symptoms of mouth cancer. Use #mouthcanceraction and #mouthaware to join the conversation.


If you fancy taking things a step further, why not post a #bluelipselfie. Share your photo on social media using the hashtag and find other professionals who are supporting the campaign.


Also, look out for posts and tweets from DTA as we support this important cause this November.


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30th September 2019T Level and Industry Placements

Offering placements enables you to pass on your skills to the future generation. There are many benefits to offering industry placements both for employers and students. Find out more by booking a place at one of the informative events below.

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What are T Levels?


‘T Levels are new courses coming in September 2020, which will follow GCSEs and will be equivalent to 3 A Levels. These 2-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work’ (gov.uk).


T Levels and Industry Placements - are they for me?

If you’re keen to learn more about T Levels and what they can do for you and your business, there are various events you can attend.

The following events will focus on raising awareness of T Levels, as well as encouraging discussion about employer benefits. The events aim to inspire employers to think about offering Industry Placements.

The dates and venues for the events are as follows:

  • Tuesday 1 October 2019: Liverpool, Mercure Liverpool Atlantic Tower Hotel
  • Thursday 10 October 2019: Repertory Theatre and the Library of Birmingham
  • Thursday 24 October 2019: Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

To book your place click here >>


If you still need help deciding, there are a number of places you can go for guidance and to learn about the benefits of T Levels for both employers and students. For information on the process and how to get started click here >>


By offering placements to students you are not only creating valuable opportunities for young people, but also shaping your future workforce. You can feel content in the knowledge that you are providing skills and high quality training to the future generation.


4th September 2019Update your PDP and starting a new year of CPD

A new year of CPD activity begins from 1 August 2019 to 31 July 2020 and with it some changes to the DTA CPD area resulting from member feedback. Your personal development plan (PDP) for 2018–2019 is still there but you need to review and update it with your changes for 2019–2020.

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Reflection is a big part of the GDC’s Enhanced CPD and with it a developed DTA CPD area. Last year we introduced two tick box questions for reflection at the end of every CPD activity. We’ve developed it further with an additional four open questions to help you reflect on what you have just learnt, your personal experience and how this applies to your field of practice. If you complete these questions at the time of doing your CPD, your reflection will be uploaded to your individual CPD Certificate and will be automatically transferred into your DTA log book.


Additional four questions for reflection:
1 What did you learn from this activity and was it helpful?
2 How will you apply this learning to your field of practice?
3 Have you identified changes that you will make to your daily work?
4 What benefits will colleagues or patients gain from your recent learning?


Based on aspects of the KOLB CYCLE1


Where you undertake learning and have quality certificates from other providers, the DTA CPD area allows you to upload these CPD certificates and your reflection for recording in your personal log book.


We hope these changes enhance the DTA’s provision of CPD to all our members, and as always, your feedback is welcome.


1 Kolb Learning Styles [Accessed May 2019]


4th September 2019The countdown to DTS 2020 begins

With a successful DTS 2019 enjoyed by all members of the dental lab community, the countdown has now begun for 2020.

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Professionals can expect more of the same high quality education, with renowned speakers visiting from across the UK and abroad. There will also be another lab-dedicated trade exhibition where leading manufacturers will demonstrate their latest materials and innovations.

Whether you’re looking to update your knowledge, develop your skills or source new technology, DTS 2020 will be the perfect place to do all of the above. Save the dates today!


DTS 2020 – Friday 15th and Saturday 16th 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


19th August 2019Full Time Vacancies - Belfast

Vacancies are available for:

Prosthetic Technicians

Orthodontic Technicians

Model Technicians

Dental Laboratory Assistants

School Leavers

Despatch Clerk

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A well-established, multi award winning, full service laboratory providing prostheses and services to the dental market throughout Ireland requires a Prosthetic Technician and an Orthodontic Technician to work in our close knit team within the Removable Prosthodontics Department.


For more information, please visit our Jobs page on this website.


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