Old-school face-to-face interaction still goes a long way – and as a dental nurse, you know this best.

Digital communication may be the norm these days – employers and employees from all industries use Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to connect with others. But the upcoming Dental Showcase in October is a key way to put a face to the names of those contacts you have accumulated online. And, of course, meet some more.

This year, the 2018 BDIA Dental Showcase is taking place from 4-6 October at London’s ExCeL. As the largest dental exhibition in the UK, it is the best place to be to get to grips with the latest technology and products from today’s top dental innovators. But reasons for your attendance stretch far beyond the exhibition itself:

1 It gets you out of the surgery

As a dental nurse, you know what it is like to have a job that means you predominantly stay put in one working environment. Although not necessarily a bad thing, it’s always good to get out and about once in a while, and have a break from your ordinary working conditions. What’s more, it gives you an opportunity to reconnect with your colleagues. A dental practice can be a highly stressful environment and, consequently, work relationships can become strained. Removing the team from the ‘day-to-day’ can work wonders and gives everybody a break from the ordinary.

2 It’s great to network for that next big career step

Being a dental nurse means having access to infinite possibilities and pathways that can further your role. Whether it’s continuing professional development or an exciting business venture, Dental Showcase is a wonderful networking opportunity where you can meet those who will help springboard you forward. There is unlikely to be a better or bigger gathering of some of the industry’s top names. So, what better way to get your name out there? Attend armed with a stack of business cards and an abundance of enthusiasm and confidence.

3 Dentistry can be lonely – catch up with your peers

The life of a dental nurse can be a lonely one. The Dental Showcase can be a great way to talk about your role and the variety of experiences – both the good and the bad – that come with it. Life doesn’t have to be all about work and nor should it be. The importance of catching up with your friends and peers should not be underestimated, as it helps to add an element of normality to the job. Opportunities for socialising, however, don’t come along that often, so take this one with both hands and enjoy it!

4 Be inspired

Although many dental nurses are content with staying more or less in the same role throughout their career, many others aspire to reach for more. Dental Showcase is a great way to hear from others who have climbed their way nearer to the top and to garner some inspiration for your own ambitions. As mentioned, online interactions only go so far – so get yourself out there and find something or someone that inspires you to be the best you can be.

5 Check out your competition

Admit it – nosing around your competition is an imperative part of a well-run practice. After all, how else are you supposed to be the best of the best? You can safely snoop around at Dental Showcase to see what’s tickling the fancy of that practice on the other side of town. This not only means you stay in the game, but it also ensures you stay current and relevant in the industry.

6 Experience new innovations and equipment

Perhaps the most obvious benefit of attending the showcase – see first hand the spectrum of innovations and the industry’s newest technological ventures. From dental chairs to toothbrushes, all up-and-coming products will line the exhibition hall for you to experience and consider – live demonstrations included. This is one of the best ways for you to see what might be missing in your practice, or discover what it needs to take it to the next level.

7 Top-up your education

Dental nursing is all about keeping your education up-to-date and enhancing your skills. Dental Showcase will provide a spectrum of CPD opportunities in the form of lectures and hands-on demonstrations, so take advantage of these. As a dental nurse, it’s important to grab any educational offerings that will help you to be better, more confident, and acquire more skills.

To register, or for more information, visit dentalshowcase.com