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Back strains: A common problem for dental nurses

Dental nurses offer care and comfort, but they often end up with a pain in the back for their efforts.Chronic back pain may result in severe discomfort while treating patients or could even require a period of absence from work. Both of these have obvious social and financial implications

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Using medical emergency equipment in dental practice

Dental practices must have immediate access to basic equipment for the management of medical emergencies. All dental nurses should have an understanding of how to use this equipment. This article describes the equipment that should be available as well as the indications and techniques for use

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Writing for publication. Part 3: Case reports and conferences

This series of articles is designed to help you, the dental nurse, think seriously about writing for professional publication. It explores motivation, creating interest, structure and different styles of articles. At the end of the series you should feel confident to start writing your first article

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Toothbrushing: What advice should we give our patients?

This article will examine and summarise the evidence to support the advice that dental nurses should give their patients on toothbrushing. Key areas include: role of oral hygiene with regard to gum health and caries control, frequency and timing of brushing, use of fluoride toothpaste and rinsing be

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Writing for publication. Part 2: Structure and interest

This series of articles is designed to help you, the dental nurse, think seriously about writing for professional publication. It explores motivation, creating interest, structure and different styles of articles. At the end of the series you should feel confident to start writing your first article

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Medical emergency drugs in the dental practice setting

A medical emergency can occur at any time in a dental practice. As such, a dental nurse needs to have a thorough understanding of medical emergency drugs that may need to be administered during such an event. This article discusses indications, mode of action, method of administration and dose of ea

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Demystifying research: Turning a research idea into a project

Are you thinking about undertaking research? Do you require some basic information on what it involves and how to get started? If you do, this article is for you. Hayley Lawrence explores the process of undertaking research, from the initial idea to completing the project

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How to boost employee and team engagement

Engaged staff are more productive, more focused on customers, work more safely and more loyal to their employer. Sheila Scott sets out how to build engagement in your team

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The significance of teamwork during a medical emergency

Teamwork is essential when dealing with a medical emergency. A dental nurse needs to understand not only her role, but also the role of others in the dental practice. It is essential that a dental nurse is prepared and trained in identifying and treating medical emergencies, says Trudie Dawson

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Professional skills. Part 4: helping staff to be positive

This series of articles explores various ways of supporting staff who work in the fast-moving and ever-changing dental health services. John Fowler, an experienced lecturer and author, explores how you can use solution-focused techniques in dental nursing practice