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11th December 2014Dental Protection appoints 17 new dento-legal advisers

Dental Protection has appointed 17 additional part-time dento-legal advisers in response to the increased demand for our services. This will bring the total of full-time and part-time advisers to 68 as we head into the New Year. The new advisers met together for the first time at the end of November for a two-day training session in central London.

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Kevin Lewis, Dental Director, said:

“This is an exciting time for Dental Protection as we expand and develop to meet the needs of our members and provide them with high quality support and advice. Many of our part-time dento-legal advisers continue to work in the dental profession and six of the latest intake are also registered specialists. Most importantly, they all understand the different day to day challenges and pressures that face dentists in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

“They will be joining the existing team of 51 dento-legal advisers who are all experienced dentists with legal expertise, providing expert guidance and support to members. Dental Protection provides support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we look forward in continuing
to provide expert guidance to 64,000 members in the United Kingdom and around the world.”


12th November 2014Belfast based Dental technician required - start summer 2015

For more information please visit http://www.dta-uk.org/jobs.php (member login required)


12th November 2014FGDP(UK) makes antimicrobial standards free to view online

In support of European Antibiotic Awareness Day on the 18th November, the FGDP(UK) has made the entire text of “Antimicrobial Prescribing For General Dental Practitioners” freely available to view on the FGDP(UK) website (www.fgdp.org.uk) until the end of November 2014.

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The FGDP(UK) is committed to combating the rise of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and believes that appropriate evidence-based prescribing is a key weapon in the fight against AMR. By making the FGDP(UK)’s prescribing standards available to consult during November, the FGDP(UK) hopes to increase the awareness of good practice throughout the profession.



For full information, please visit www.fgdp.org.uk


29th October 2014BDIA Tech Show 2015

The dates for the BDIA Tech Show 2015 have been announced.

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For the dates and registration information please visit http://www.dta-uk.org/events.php


27th October 2014Dental Protection's 14th Premier Symposium Date Announced

Dental Protection is pleased to announce that the fourteenth annual Premier Symposium will take place on Saturday 29th November

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For more information visit the Events page (http://www.dta-uk.org/events.php)


17th October 2014Fitness to Practise Panel Members Required

Fitness to Practise Panel members play a critical role in our work to protect patients. We are now seeking to appoint members to these crucial roles

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The General Dental Council is the regulatory body for over 108,000 dental professionals in the UK. Fitness to Practise Panel members play a critical role in our work to protect patients. We have the power to take action by removing or restricting a dental professional’s registration if they fall short of the high standards expected. Panel members sit in public hearings and consider cases where a dental professional’s fitness to practise may be impaired due to their conduct, performance, or health.


Panel members also hear applications for restoration to the registers and appeals against registration decisions. We are now seeking to appoint members of the public (lay), dentists and dental care professionals to these crucial roles. To be successful as a panel member, you will have excellent analytical skills and judgement and be a skilled communicator. You will enjoy working as part of a team and making reasoned and, on occasion, very challenging decisions. We are looking for individuals who are committed to helping us ensure patient safety and who approach their work with integrity and objectivity.


If you are interested in finding out more about these rewarding opportunities, please visit our recruitment website where you will be able to access full information about the roles.


Applications must be made online through this website. Please call our recruitment consultants GatenbySanderson on 0113 205 6090 only if you require the information pack in another format.


Closing date: Noon on Tuesday 18th November 2014.
The GDC is committed to promoting equality and diversity


10th October 2014BSDSM dental sleep medicine course attracts industry sponsors

The British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine (BSDSM) is holding an introductory course for dentists and dental technicians called 'The Management of Snoring and Sleep Apnoea in Dental Practice' on Saturday 18 October in London.

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Up to half of the adult population are likely to have a snoring or sleep apnoea problem and by attending this course participants will learn how to help them. Being able to offer dental sleep medicine can give a practice a unique selling point and, because ENT physicians, respiratory physicians, and sleep physicians are looking for trained dentists to provide appliances, there's an opportunity to develop a referral practice working with medical colleagues.

This course gives a broader knowledge base than most commercial courses and the BSDSM Pre-Treatment Screening Protocol is recognised by Dental Protection Limited, the DDU and the Association of Respiratory Physiology and Technology.


The event is supported by leading sleep medicine suppliers JJThompson, SomnoMed, ResMed, Hanham Dental Laboratory, Remote A and GDS MedTech.


Mrs A John, Managing Director at JJ Thompson, says: "Due to the continued success and quality of the BSDSM’s introductory courses J J Thompson Ltd. is once again pleased to give its support."


Bruno Sicre, International Product manager, Dental Sleep Business at ResMed says: "ResMed, as a global leader in sleep disordered breathing, is very pleased to support this BSDSM course, which provides an excellent introduction to dental sleep medicine.


The BSDSM Management of Snoring and Sleep Apnoea in Dental Practice course is on Saturday 18 October at Holiday Inn Regent’s Park, Carburton Street, London W1W 5EE.

It runs from 9.30am to 5.30pm and qualifies for six hours of verifiable CPD.

The cost is £298 for BSDSM members and £350 for non-members. Delegates will receive a comprehensive course manual, as well as the BSDSM screening protocol.


For more information and online booking go to: http://dentalsleepmed.org.uk/wp/shop/


30th September 2014Senior Technician in Dental Technology Job Vacancy

Cardiff Metropolitan University are looking to appoint a Senior Technician in Dental Technology on a Permanent, Full Time basis.

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Further information and an application form can be found at http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/jobs/Pages/Support%20Vacancies.aspx


For an informal chat, please contact 029 2041 6899 to speak to the department.


Closing Date: 6th October 2014



8th September 2014Dental Protection responds to ARF consultation

Dental Protection has responded in detail to the GDC’s recent consultation on its proposals to increase the Annual retention Fee (ARF) by 64%.

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The GDC has justified the unprecedented scale of the increase in the ARF primarily on the basis of the increase in the number of ‘complaints’ that it has to deal with. In calculating its likely operating costs, the GDC has also predicted that this volume of incoming ‘complaints’ will continue to rise for the foreseeable future, and appears to have assumed that the number of Fitness to Practise (FtP) investigations will need to rise at least in proportion to this. The only conclusion that one can draw from this is that the GDC sees no need for any reassessment of its approach, and no potential for improving what has become an increasingly dysfunctional and unnecessarily costly system.

Dental Protection fundamentally disagrees with the GDC’s flawed starting position. In explaining Dental Protection’s concerns, Kevin Lewis, Dental Director commented:

“The GDC has not been entirely transparent in its public statements, to some extent reflected in the consultation document, as regards the growth in ‘complaints’. It would be more accurate and less misleading to refer to the number of matters reported to the GDC. It is inappropriate to imply that these matters are mostly, or wholly complaints initiated by patients about the quality of the care and treatment they have received. Individual pieces of information which reach the GDC are very often not complaints at all, but matters which can and should have been acted upon by other parties or organisations. They become Fitness to Practise matters by default.

Referrals to the GDC are often an abdication of the responsibility by a third party with the intention of shifting the associated costs and risk of challenge, and we do not believe that the GDC has taken a sufficiently firm line in its dealings with many of these organisations.
In this and other respects, the GDC’s assumptions, which seek to justify the proposed increase, touch upon areas that we have regularly discussed with the GDC. Having expressed our concerns in this regard on so many occasions, it is disappointing that the GDC still seems to see no alternative but to continue on the path on which it has embarked (despite criticisms not only across the width of the dental profession but also from the GDC’s own regulator, the PSA), rather than to question why no other healthcare regulator in the UK shares the GDC’s approach where Fitness to Practise matters are concerned”.

Dental Protection has the further advantage of dealing with many other dental regulators around the world on almost a daily basis, and has previously expressed the view that the regulatory activity by the GDC in the area of FtP is wholly disproportionate and without parallel internationally, and nor does it meet the stated aim of “right touch” regulation.

In our experience, no other dental regulator in the world is so far removed from the principles of ‘right touch’ regulation where Fitness to Practise is concerned. The GDC regularly investigates matters that would not concern any other dental regulator in the world that we work with. Given recent events, it is simply unsustainable for the GDC to believe that it alone has the balance right.

Dental Protection has drawn the GDC’s attention to a long list of areas where there are available opportunities to contain the cost of its FtP procedures, and believes that the recent advertising campaign by the GDC may even have compounded the problem.

Kevin Lewis added, “The failure of the GDC, when designing these advertisements, to encourage patients to use the in-house complaints procedures that the GDC requires every registrant to make available for their patients to use, has raised genuine concern that the GDC may have lost touch with what it is tasked to achieve.

It is perverse for the GDC to require registrants to make available, and to operate, effective in-house procedures for managing patient complaints, and then to waste registrants’ ARF payments on a proactive advertising campaign which deters patients from using these in-house procedures, instead directing them to complain to the Dental Complaints Service or GDC. This wastes ARF income both in the cost of the advertisements and in the cost of processing complaints that could and should have been resolved in-house by registrants at no cost to the GDC. It is little wonder that the dental profession has become exasperated by its regulator.”


27th August 2014Download the BDIA Dental Showcase mobile app now!

With just a few weeks until BDIA Dental Showcase takes place at ExCeL London, from 9-11 October, BDIA is delighted to announce the launch of its interactive mobile app, specially designed to help you plan your day at Dental Showcase 2014!

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BDIA Dental Showcase is the UK’s flagship dental exhibition and with over 300 exhibitor stands and more than 100 mini and on stand lectures, this free app can help you make the very most of your visit. Enhancing your experience before, during and after this year’s show, our exciting app puts a whole host of useful features and information at your fingertips:

  • Search exhibitors and create a list of your favourites to ensure you see all the latest equipment, products, technologies and solutions of specific interest to you
  • Create your own personalised event itinerary by adding sessions from the Mini and On-stand exhibitor lecture programme to your favourites
  • Find your way around with the event map to ensure you see as much of the latest equipment, products, technologies and solutions as possible
  • New exhibitors and lectures are constantly being added to the packed agenda – keep up-to-date with the live social media feed!

The app is available to download for iPhone and Android and there is also a mobile web version available. The app is very easy to use, completely free-of-charge and an ideal way to access of the information you’ll need in one place. All in all it’s the best way to plan your day!


For iPhone and Android phones:
Visit your iTunes App Store or Google Play on your smartphone and search for “Dental Showcase 2014”, then simply download.

For all other internet-enabled mobile phones:
Visit http://customers.genie-connect.com/bdiadentalshowcase2014 via your phone.


Register online now to receive your free advanced ticket to BDIA Dental Showcase 2014 at www.dentalshowcase.com. Alternatively, call 01494 729959, email: register@dentalshowcase.com or text your name, postal address, occupation and GDC number to 07786 206276. On-the-day entry fee is £10 per person.



PEOPLE WITH DIABETES are at ‘significantly’ greater risk of developing head and neck cancer, according to new research.


The study discovered that groups of patients with diabetes are almost 50 per cent more likely to develop the disease compared to those without diabetes.1

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From those cancers identified, it was cancer of the mouth and throat that were the most common areas diagnosed, with diabetics aged 40-65 discovered to be the most at risk.


In the UK, 3.2 million people have diabetes. A further 630,000 people are predicted to have Type 2 diabetes which has not yet been diagnosed. Left untreated, diabetes can cause many health problems, including damaged blood vessels, nerves and organs.

Latest statistics reveal mouth cancer cases have ballooned to more than 6,700 while deaths exceeded 2,000 for the first time. It is one of the few types of cancer predicted to increase within the next decade.


More people die from mouth cancer than from cervical and testicular cancer combined. Without early detection, the five year survival rate for mouth cancer is only 50 per cent. If it is caught early, survival rates over five years can dramatically improve to up to 90 per cent as well as the quality of life for survivors being significantly increased.


It is for this reason oral health charity the British Dental Health Foundation campaigns tirelessly to raise awareness of mouth cancer. Chief Executive Dr Nigel Carter OBE, thinks the research could help to identify at-risk groups.


Dr Carter said: “This could be a very significant piece of research, and one that could help to save many lives. Diabetes has previously been linked to poor oral health, yet this is the first time it has been linked to mouth cancer.


“This makes regular dental visits an absolute must. If your dentists know that you are diabetic, they will check your mouth accordingly, especially if it could help to catch mouth cancer.


“It is important, not just for diabetics but for everyone to be aware of what the signs and symptoms of the disease are. Ulcers which do not heal within three weeks, red and white patches in the mouth and unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth could be early warning signs of mouth cancer. If you experience any of these visit your dentist immediately.


“Tobacco use, drinking alcohol to excess, poor diet and the human papillomavirus (HPV), often transmitted via oral sex, are all lifestyle choices that will increase the risk of developing the disease. If diabetes is another potential risk factor, amending your lifestyle to make sure you take yourself out of harm’s way is more important than ever to be mouth aware.


“Our message to everyone is clear – if in doubt, get checked out.”


1. TSENG K S et al (2014) ‘Risk of Head and Neck Cancer in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus’, JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. Published online July 24, 2014. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2014.1258


24th July 2014Flexible Working Factsheet

The DTA Flexible working factsheet is now available for members on this website.  It can be found under 'Guidance Documents' in the members' area or by going to www.dta-uk.org/advice.php


22nd July 2014BDIA Launches devices initiative

The BDIA is delighted to announce the launch of its Counterfeit and substandard Instruments and Devices Initiative (CsIDI), an industry wide activity to:
- Promote awareness of the dangers of poor quality, counterfeit and illegal dental instruments and devices,
- Provide a quick and simple method of reporting these to the relevant bodies,
- Promote purchasing only from reputable manufacturers and suppliers such as BDIA member companies.

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The growth of internet sales channels and globalisation of dental manufacturing has provided an opportunity for unscrupulous operators to sell poor quality, substandard or even counterfeit or illegal products. Therefore, it is vitally important that dental professionals make the decision to purchase from sources that ensure quality and efficacy.

Tony Reed, BDIA Executive Director, comments, “By purchasing only from reputable suppliers the end user can be assured of a high quality product that meets all the necessary requirements and that will not endanger the user or the patient, nor risk punitive actions from the courts or regulatory bodies”.

By working closely with the British Dental Association (BDA), the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF), the Tooth Whitening Information Group (TWIG), and across the dental profession, the BDIA aims to facilitate the reportingof those selling unacceptable and illegal products and promote responsible purchasing throughout the dental supply chain.

Mick Armstrong, Chair of the BDA Principal Executive Committee, fully supports the initiative, commenting, “The BDA encourages all dentists to source equipment from legitimate, reputable manufacturers and suppliers who can demonstrate that the necessary legal requirements are being met. That will ensure both the quality of equipment purchased, and that dentists, their colleagues and patients are protected”.

The BDIA is launching CsIDI with full the backing of the MHRA and Tracy Murray, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Compliance & Enforcement at MHRA, comments, “Working closely with the BDIA to raise awareness of counterfeit and substandard devices and to report incidents is a major step in addressing this growing problem across the dental sector.”

The overall message of the initiative is very simple; substandard and counterfeit instruments and devices are potentially dangerous to patients and users and the BDIA recommends that all purchases, however small, are made from a reputable supplier and that all suspect instruments, devices and whitening products are reported to the appropriate authorities at the earliest opportunity. All reporting can be done via a simple, dedicated web page on the BDIA website – www.bdia.org.uk


11th July 2014Dental Protection’s signposts route for ARF protest

The proposed increase in the Annual Retention Fee (ARF) would see the cost for dentists rising from £576 to £945, and the GDC is currently consulting on its proposal.

Although sharing the concerns of those alarmed by the size of the increase, Dental Protection is warning dental professionals to tread carefully when making public their reaction and also to think before considering withholding their ARF as both actions would threaten their registration and ability to practise lawfully.

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The Dentists Act requires that the ARF is paid in full on or before 31 December (for dentists) and there are no exceptions. It would be unwise to follow the “can’t pay - won’t pay” protest groups because a failure to pay in full will result in automatic de-registration and a delay (plus a loss of income) until one could be restored to the register. Continuing to practise or to have an interest in the ownership of a practice while unregistered would be the illegal practise of dentistry and/or unlawful involvement in the business of dentistry and could in both respects result in a criminal prosecution and invalidate any professional indemnity held by the dentist in question.

Dental Protection will be responding to the GDC’s consultation on the proposed increase in ARF for both dentists and DCPs and would encourage all registrants to do the same, either as an individual and/or collectively as part of a wider group (LDC/BDA Section, etc). Public remarks about the GDC’s decision should be measured and directed through normal professional channels, avoiding any personal allegation of bringing the profession into disrepute (notes 4 and 5).

Dental Protection also suggests that the GDC could contain spiralling costs by more effective and proportionate Fitness to Practise (FtP) procedures, which account for around 80% of this year’s budget and are therefore the main reason for the ARF increase being necessary.


Kevin Lewis, Dental Director for Dental Protection said: “Dental Protection has for some time been highlighting the many problems within the GDC’s Fitness to Practise regime. This latest announcement serves only to highlight them.

Not only are there deep concerns regarding the management of cases up to and through the Investigating Committee(IC), and the unnecessary complexity and length of many Professional Conduct Committee hearings, the incorrect use of the present legal tests has also created many inappropriate referrals to the Interim Orders Committee(IOC) and Professional Conduct Committee. The IOC committee is only required to intervene when there is a clear and urgent need to protect the public and there should be very few circumstances when such urgent action becomes necessary.

Within weeks of the GDC’s own regulator (the PSA) announcing that it is once again investigating the GDC and its IC procedures in the wake of further ‘whistle-blower’ allegations, reports of the GDC’s recent activity in the dental press have not helped the profession’s growing loss of confidence in its regulator. The angry debate prompted by the proposed 64% increase in the annual retention fee has created an unfortunate juxtaposition when viewed against a recent GDC campaign in the national press, encouraging private dental patients to make greater use of the Dental Complaints Service



1. Dental Protection Limited (registered in England No. 2374160) is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Medical Protection Society Limited (MPS) which is registered in England (No.36142). Both companies have their registered office at 33 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PS.
2. ‘DPL membership’, ‘DPL member’, ‘Dental Member’ and ‘Dental Protection member’ refer to a dental member of MPS. Dental Protection Limited serves and supports the dental members of MPS, with access to the full range of benefits of membership which are all discretionary and set out in MPS’s Memorandum and Articles of Association. MPS is not an insurance company.
3. Web address www.dentalprotection.org
4. Standards for the Dental Team para 9.1.3
5. GDC Guidance on Social Media.


11th July 2014'Articulate' Issue 2 now available

Our bi-monthly publication 'Articulate' is now available to members: http://www.dta-uk.org/articulate.php


11th July 2014Association of Dental Administrators and Managers (ADAM) appoints Niki Boersma as President

At the Association’s Annual General Meeting on 27th June at the offices of the British Dental Association in Wimpole Street, London, Niki Boersma was appointed President of the Association of Dental Administrators and Managers (ADAM).

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Niki is Practice Manager at Identity Individual Dental Care in Billingham, Stockton on Tees and lives in Thirsk, North Yorkshire where she and her husband Mark and run a Guest House.

On her appointment as President Niki said:

I’m delighted to be appointed as President of ADAM.


I first started to get involved with what was then BDPMA when I took on the role of Practice Manager in a Nottingham practice in 2001. From that very first meeting I found the opportunity to get together with other practice managers to be invaluable.


My future plans for the Association include creating more of those opportunities; it can be a challenging and sometimes lonely job as a practice manager, so being able to meet with like-minded individuals, share experiences, and learn from each other is always time well spent!


30th June 2014Your input required!

DTA Council member Emma Clutton is currently undertaking a Masters by Research at MMU. Her aim is to gain an understanding into what causes dermatitis within our occupation. She is also looking at what current preventive techniques are used within dental laboratories / hospitals / clinics.

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Emma would really appreciate it if you could complete this short survey.  It shouldn't take any longer than 2 minutes of your time. If you could share the link with your colleagues that would be wonderful. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GWWFXJB



26th June 2014Impact of sugar on tooth decay remains a major health concern, says FGDP(UK)

It is important that the effect of sugar intake on tooth decay is considered alongside obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease as a major public health challenge, according to the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK).

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This comes as Public Health England (PHE) today published its plans to help the population to reduce dietary sugar1. The FGDP(UK), which was part of the group that helped to inform the plans, stresses the need to consider food policy as part of the key determinants of oral health, particularly with respect to the consumption of sugary drinks by children. This was also highlighted in the FGDP(UK)’s June 2014 response to NHS England’s Call to Action on improving oral health2].


Tooth decay, the softening and eventual loss of tooth enamel resulting in cavities, is caused by acid produced when sugar and oral bacteria combine. A systematic review of studies over a 60-year period, undertaken on behalf of the World Health Organization and published earlier this year3, supported the link between the level of sugar consumed and the development of dental cavities. It concluded that the risk of tooth decay is lower when sugar intake is less than 10% of calorie intake, compared with more than 10%.


Charlotte Worker, policy spokesperson at the FGDP(UK), said, “Tooth decay remains a significant health concern despite the widespread use of fluoride toothpaste in the UK. We support PHE’s initiative to place sugar reduction high on the public health agenda. We also welcome the fact that the PHE’s report recognises good oral health as being an integral part of ensuring good overall health for all age groups.”


The FGDP(UK) has joined forces with other organisations and individuals concerned with the effects of sugar on health in support of the work of Action on Sugar. The group would like to see added sugar contribute to no more than 5% of total energy intake, which echoes advice given to the English Government by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition in a draft report, also published today4. Among the key aims for Action on Sugar is to reach a consensus among food and drink manufacturers to gradually reduce added sugar in processed foods and beverages.




1 Public Health England. Sugar reduction: responding to the challenge. A discussion paper. Published 26 June 2014.

2 Response to Improving Dental Care & Oral Health – A Call to Action: NHS England. Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK). May 2014. See: http://tinyurl.com/FGDPpolicy (accessed 26 June 2014).

3 Moynihan PJ and Kelly SAM. Effect on caries of restricting sugars intake: Systematic review to inform WHO guidelines. J Dent Res. 2014; 93: 8.

4 Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition. Draft report on carbohydrates and health. Published 26 June 2014.


16th June 2014DTA Member made an MBE in the 2014 Queens Birthday Honours

The Dental Technologists Association (DTA) is delighted to confirm that Tony Griffin was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2014 Queens Birthday Honours in recognition of his services to Dental Technology.

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Tony is Past President of DTA and Past Chairman of DTEAB; he is also Honorary Treasurer and an Elected Council member of DTA. Tony has dedicated his professional life to helping establish Clinical Dental Technology and supporting Dental Technology and Dental Nursing within the healthcare provision of the dental team.


Tony worked for over 30 years in a variety of management roles starting at People's College of Further Education, Nottingham and with direct links to De Montfort University, Leicester. More recently he has developed a portfolio career that includes a national quality assurance role along with other paidand voluntary work.


DTA President Mike McGlynn said: ’This is terrific news for Tony and is well deserved recognition of his hard work and commitment to dental technology over many years. We are fortunate to be able to call upon Tony’s wealth of experience here at DTA and are delighted that his services to our profession have been given a royal seal of approval!


Tony added: ‘I have been fortunate to have had and I am still having a very interesting career with many opportunities to work in support of improving health in the UK and also to be able to work with a wide range of educational initiatives to encourage learning. Being the recipient of an MBE was a delightful surprise’.


10th June 2014‘Millions’ avoiding dentist to keep social life afloat

MILLIONS OF BRITS are prioritising their social life ahead of their oral health, potentially endangering their health in the process.


New survey data[1] reveals almost one in five (18 per cent) would cancel their dental appointment to go to the pub, order a takeaway, buy clothes, go to the cinema or go bowling.

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More than 2,000 people were questioned as part of the nation's annual reminder about the importance of oral health, National Smile Month. The campaign, which runs from 19 May to 19 June, encourages everyone to brush their teeth for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, cut down on how often they have sugary foods and drinks and to visit their dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, urges people to discover why placing social life ahead of regular visits to the dentist isn’t a smart move.


Dr Carter said: “Visiting the dentist regularly, as often as they recommend, is a cornerstone of good oral health practice. If people are choosing to overlook that and perhaps harm their oral health further by snacking at the cinema, drinking too much alcohol or indulging in a poor diet, they are risking further complications by just skipping one appointment.


“In the last two years poor oral health has been linked to a number of conditions, some of which are life-threatening. Breast cancer, strokes, diabetes, hospital-acquired infections, erectile dysfunction, pneumonia, bowel cancer, endocarditis, oral cancer, dementia, pancreatic cancer, psoriasis and pregnancy complications have all been associated with varying degrees of poor oral health.


“Gum disease in particular has been associated with serious health issues. It affects most people at some point in their lives, so there is no excuse for ignoring good dental hygiene. The good news is that poor oral health is nearly always preventable, so it is important that people make caring for their teeth a top priority. Regular check-ups are really important to give the dentist a chance to assess your oral health and, if necessary, give your teeth a scale and polish.


“A shopping trip might be more fun, but the financial savings of prevention – to your mouth and to your wallet – are much higher than if you put off oral health treatment until it's too late. Visits to the dentist can identify problems in the early stages, before they develop into something more severe. If you forego basic check-ups due to cost, there's every chance when something goes wrong and you do need to visit the dentist you'll have to pay a much larger amount upfront.”




To arrange an interview with Dr Nigel Carter, please contact:

Communications Manager: David Arnold
01788 539789


PR & Press Officer: David Westgarth
01788 539792


1. British Dental Health Foundation, National Smile Month (2014). Research carried out by Atomik Research, sample size 2,026.

2. National Smile Month was established in 1977 and is the UK’s biggest annual oral health campaign. The campaign is sponsored by headline sponsors Wrigley, Invisalign, Listerine and Oral-B. The campaign runs from 19 May to 19 June is also being supported by Philips, Bupa, Denplan, Tepe and Healthcare Learning.

Together, with thousands of individuals and organisations, National Smile Month promotes three key messages, all of which go a long way in helping us develop and maintain a healthy mouth. They are:

• Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
• Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
• Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend

3. The British Dental Health Foundation is an independent charity that along with its global arm, the International Dental Health Foundation, is dedicated to improving the oral health of the public by providing free and impartial dental advice, by running educational campaigns like National Smile Month and by informing and influencing the public, profession and government on issues such as mouth cancer awareness and water fluoridation. Visit www.dentalhealth.org for more information.

4. Please visit the Foundation’s Twitter account @smilemonth and add our Facebook fan–page: ‘National Smile Month’. For information and free expert advice on oral health issues call the National Dental Helpline on 0845 063 1188.

Visit www.smilemonth.org for more information.


2nd June 2014BDIA Tech Show – Up close and personal

The recent BDIA Tech Show was a new venture for the Association, run in partnership with the Dental Technologists Association (DTA).

Hundreds of technicians, laboratory owners and CDTs sampled the unique mixture of over sixty live demonstrations and talks, hands on master classes, a trade exhibition and lectures from world class speakers at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on 16-17 May 2014.

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Tech Show offered arguably the widest scope of any technician facing event in the UK for many years and Edmund Proffitt, BDIA Policy and Public Affairs Director, commented, “Our Tech Demo Zones proved extremely popular, giving technicians a chance to get up close and personal to the demos, providing visitors with a real feeling of involvement”.

Tech Show’s key note lectures and master classes were delivered by Dr John Besford and Ruth Bourke on the first day, themed around advances in prosthetics and Dr Christian Coachman started off the second day which focussed on advances in restorative dentistry.


Mike McGlynn, DTA President, stated, “We were delighted to be part of Tech Show which offered so many fascinating and insightful sessions to visitors, combined with the opportunity to meet their favourite suppliers, watch the product demonstrations and learn about many new products and systems”.

Tech Show exhibitors took full advantage of this unique event with a range of new product launches and an impressive array of stands and product displays, including the milling, digital printing and imaging technologies that are revolutionising and changing the face of laboratory work.

Technicians attending the show gave positive feedback on the day and Tony Reed, BDIA Executive Director, commented, “Tech Show indicates that there are clear distinctions between what different members of the dental team want and require from dental shows. Our Tech Show experience demonstrated that technicians are interested in close-up, practical demonstrations with interactive activities and hands-on involvement”.


30th May 2014Dental Technicians in all disciplines required

Dental Technicians in all disciplines are needed to join our growing, enthusiastic team in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside (10 mins from J6 of M40)....

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19th May 2014Oasis Healthcare consolidates leadership position in dental market with the acquisition of Apex Dental Care

Oasis Healthcare has further strengthened its position as the UK’s largest provider of private dental care services and a major provider to the NHS through acquiring Apex Dental Care for an undisclosed sum. The deal closely follows the acquisition of Smiles Dental in April 2014.


The additions of Apex and Smiles to the Oasis portfolio will increase the company’s turnover by 40% from £160 million to over £225 million, through the provision of quality NHS, private and specialist dental care to over 3 million patients. Its practice network will have grown by over 50% from 204 to over 310 in 6 weeks.

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Founded in 2007, Apex has 31 practices located across England and offers a wide range of care options to their patients. Apex is focused on delivering clinical excellence, in both NHS and private dental care, which complements Oasis’s commitment to working with the Department of Health to increase access to quality dental care. This has involved establishing a number of NHS pilots that are currently being trialled within Oasis practices, and one within the Apex estate.


Justin Ash, CEO at Oasis Healthcare Group, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Apex team to Oasis. Both companies share the same commitment to providing high quality, easily accessible dental care and have developed a patient-led culture.


“Adding both Apex and Smiles to the Oasis portfolio rapidly transforms the size and scope of Oasis and underlines the rapid progress we are making in building a strong, trusted and customer focused dental brand in a fragmented market. Our ambitions for growth do not stop here and we have a strong pipeline of acquisitions and new builds.”


The acquisitions of Apex and Smiles follow the appointment in September 2013 of Sir Stuart Rose to chair the Oasis board as it creates a truly consumer-focused dental chain.


Ben Chaing, CEO at Apex Dental said: “We are pleased that Oasis will be taking forward the Apex practices and teams. Following initial discussions with the Oasis team it soon became apparent that we shared the same vision for how the dental market should evolve. By combining Apex’s dental practices with Oasis the group will be well placed to continue improving the breadth and quality of our service to patients with the benefit of an expanded network and an even stronger clinical support team.”


The UK dental market has expanded during the course of the last decade, reaching an estimated £5.7 billion in 20121. Oasis’s acquisition of Apex comes at a time when the dental sector is expected to experience further growth over the next five years.


Founded in 1996, Oasis currently operates over 205 dental practices across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, with over 850 dentists offering exceptional care to more than two million patients. Its practices offer a full range of NHS and private dental care and specialist services.


In its commitment to increase access to quality dental care (visit www.oasisdentalcare.co.uk for more information), Oasis introduced its ‘Oasis Basics’ service, offering affordable, fixed price dentistry, which is a realistic alternative to those who don’t have access to NHS dental care.


16th May 2014DTA announce two Fellowship Awards

In recognition of their considerable contribution to dental technology over a number of years DTA is delighted to award a Fellowship to both John Stacey and David Smith.

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John is a Past President and currently an observer of DTA Council and spent his dental technology career in the RAF.

David Smith is the sole dental technician on the GDC Council and Managing Director of Phoenix Dental Castings based in Exeter.

Both are respected individuals within our profession and their recognition is well deserved. The awards were presented at the Tech Show on 16 May 2014.


14th May 2014BDTA Tech Show comes to Coventry on 16 and 17 May

BDTA Tech ShowDon’t forget to say hello to DTA on stand C09 at the Ricoh Arena Coventry


For more information please visit http://www.dentaltechshow.com/visit.html


30th April 2014GDC Consultation on Indicative Sanctions Guidance for the Professional Conduct Committee

The GDC have drafted new guidance for its Professional Conduct Committee. The aim of the document is to provide guidance to panels that are considering what sanction to impose, following a finding that a registrant's fitness to practise is impaired.

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We are running an open consultation about the clarity and usability of the document, and would be particularly grateful to receive your views on it.


The consultation runs from 1 May 2014 to 30 June 2014 and is accessible via the link below:


Indicative Sanctions Guidance consultation


2nd May 2014General Dental Council CPD rules consultation statement

The General Dental Council (GDC) has issued a statement following the recent consultation on proposed new rules for continuing professional development (CPD).


Based on those that responded, the statement sets out that:

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  • 60.7% agreed with the proposed high level CPD learning outcomes;
  • 79.5% agreed with the proposed requirement to undertake a minimum of 10 hours CPD in each consecutive period of 2 years;
  • 73.5% agreed with the proposed CPD documentary evidence required;
  • 84.5% agreed with the proposed approach to CPD for those holding TemporaryRegistration with the GDC.


The CPD rules consultation ran from December 2013 and closed on 21 March 2014.


Just over 600 responses were received from a range of individuals and stakeholders, including dental professionals, postgraduate dental deaneries and professional associations.


The full statement can be found on the GDC website.


The GDC will take the range of comments made in response to the consultation into account in making a final decision about enhanced CPD,which we anticipate making later in 2014.


21st April 2014Dental Complaints Service Annual Review published

The Dental Complaints Service (DCS) is a team of trained advisors who aim to help private dental patients and dental professionals settle complaints about private dental care.


We provide a free, impartial service and are funded by the General Dental Council, the organisation that regulates dental professionals in the UK.

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Receiving more than 9,800 calls in 2013, we have reduced the average time it takes to resolve a complaint from 7 to 6.5 days.


You can find out more about the work of the DCS in our recently published Annual Review, which is available in both English and Welsh.


We also have a leaflet which explains how we help to settle complaints about private dental care. You can download the leaflet in English or Welsh, or order printed copies via the General Dental Council website.


For more information please read the DCS Annual Review (pdf - opens in new window)