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ECPD and you

Next year will see a seismic shift in dental education and professional development.

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Volunteers needed

Dental nurse volunteers are needed in the Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde area to help out at the 'All I Want for Christmas' day organised by Horizon (Delphi Medical/Blackpool Council) for people in recovery.

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Enhancing your experience

Revealed at last week’s Dental Showcase, this newly redesigned website offers quick and easy access to essential information and features as well as the online CPD modules.

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5 ways to mark MCAM

Mouth Cancer Action Month is only a couple of weeks away. This vitally important campaign is your opportunity to build awareness of mouth cancer and help to stop the impact of this terrible disease by making sure people are aware of its signs, symptoms and causes.

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Stress triggers in dentistry

Dentistry is a profession full of stressful triggers but there are ways to deal with negative thoughts and feelings and make positive changes

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How to improve patient recall numbers

Ensuring patients return to the practice is a challenging aspect of practice management. This article provides tips on how to improve patient recall numbers using simple, yet effective, strategies

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The effects of alcohol on dental and systemic health

In this article, Ali Lowe discusses the effects that alcohol can have on dental health—high pH levels and hidden sugar can have detrimental effects on teeth. Alcohol can also have an effect on systemic health, including liver damage, dementia, stroke and oral cancer

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The evolving role of the dental nurse

With the inception of the GDC's Scope of Practice document in April 2009, the dental nurse's roles and responsibilities have expanded considerably. This has allowed them to develop further knowledge and skills in clinical practice

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Compliance with decontamination regulations

The HTM 01-05 regulations are intended to minimise the risk of cross-infection and contamination in dental practices. Dental nurses are often responsible for cleaning, sterilising and storing instruments, so need to understand them

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Provision of dental care within a secure setting

The demand for dental care in secure settings is rising in conjunction with a steady rise in the overall prison population. Patients often have a history of drug-taking and alcohol abuse, underlying poor nutrition and heavy smoking. Maintaining good oral health is, therefore, a challenge

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New dental nursing certificate in endodontics

A certificate in endodontic nursing has been needed for a long time. Not only for increasing knowledge and chairside skills in endodontic nursing but also for recognition of nurses who assist endodontists or general dentists with a special interest in endodontics