Sunday, 31 January 2016

Make A Dentist Conference 2016

Kicking off 2016 with a bang at the start of this month with the Make A Dentist Conference!

Dr Zaki Kanaan speaking at the conference.

What is Make A Dentist?

Make A Dentist is a charitable organisation originally set up in 2009 by the Dental students of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. 

The organisation aims to collect and send equipment as well as volunteers to Dentistry students in Zimbabwe. I attended the social event make in the summer - the masquerade ball which was great fun! This is their second year of holding the annual conference and this year the event SOLD OUT!

To find out more about the charity see their website here

What was the line up this year?

This year's line up had a great list of speakers from all areas of dentistry; there was so much information crammed into the afternoon! The speakers included:

Dr Anoop Maini - GDP Orthodontics, Friend or Foe?
Dr Attiq Rahman - Ethical Cosmetic Dentistry
Dr Raj Ahlowalia - Next Level Dentistry, the Keys to Longevity and Success
Dr Zaki Kanaan - Top Tips for Successful Tooth Whitening
Dr Andrew Chandrapal - The Art of Anterior Composites
Dr Harry Singh - Achieving Financial Freedom
Dr Bertie Napier - Dental Photography

A fantastic line-up of speakers!

Top Tips from the Speakers

1. Litigation against GDPs providing orthodontics has increased by 400% in the past few years (Anoop Maini). 

This is most a result of poor assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning. As GDPs, without in depth orthodontic training we should only consider aligning the anterior dentition i.e. Anterior Alignment Orthodontics (AAO). Pre-assessment records should include:
  • 15 photographic views
  • Study models
  • An orthodontic assessment sheet
  • Diagnosis, problem list and treatment plan

2. 99% of your veneer preparation should remain in enamel (Attiq Rahman).

I'm sure many of you like myself have been taught a typical reduction should be 0.3-0.5mm, but actually how thick is enamel? Cervical third: 0.3mm Facial third: 0.5mm Incisal third: 0.7mm. So if you were to prep 0.5mm cervically, you would lose all enamel at the margin! When planning veneers, here are some tips:
  • The teeth MUST be aligned
  • Use a chairside wax-up to visualise the end result and to help guide the technician
  • Prep through your provisionals (this is helpful if the veneers you are planning are additive)
  • DO NOT place a depth groove cervically as you will lose the enamel

3. When treating tetracycline staining with whitening, go for low strength Carbamide Peroxide (10%) over a long period of time, up to 6 months (Zaki Kanaan).

Treating in this way is the least invasive treatment although you will never get rid of the banding but the incisal half tends to lighten. When treating other developmental defects such as fluorosis/mottling, your protocol should be as follows (from least to most invasive):
  • Whitening
  • ICON
  • Microabrasion
  • Macroabrasion
  • Bonding
  • Veneer
  • Crown

4. Always take the shade of teeth pre-operatively (Andrew Chandrapal).

This can be done at the assessment appointment if you like, but always before isolation! Use a constant light source and composite 'buttons' on contra-lateral teeth may also be of use. Do not forget to inform the patient of dehydration sway. The dehydration of isolation and treatment tends to lighten teeth and therefore colour only stabilises after a few days - if you don't tell your patient this they will think your shade is wrong!

These are just a few of the tips I got from the afternoon! Thanks to all the speakers as well as the MAD committee who put on the event - can't wait to see what the 2017 conference has to offer!

Did you go the conference? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, 25 January 2016

Why did I choose DCT over becoming an Associate? Dental Careers Guide Article

Following on from my article about Dental Core Training, I've recently posted an Article on the Dental Careers Guide on why this may be an option for you over becoming an Associate.

After Dental Foundation Training you are let into the wild world of Dentistry by yourself... well that's one possibility but for those of you looking to learn further in a training environment or are thinking about specialising, Dental Core Training i.e. DCT (previously DF2 or SHO) may be for you!

Although it's only around half way through your first year as a qualified dentist you should be thinking about your next options especially since applications start at the end of this week!

In the article I discuss some of the reasons why I chose DCT (although remember this doesn't mean you can't ALSO be an associate. I work weekends in practice as well!).

To read the full article, see here

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016


Some of you may have read my post on Dental Spotlight a few months ago (click here to read) - but what is Dental Spotlight?

Read a guest post by Akta Prabhaker, founder of DENTAL SPOTLIGHT

Dental Spotlight is a blog that puts individuals within the dental world “under the spotlight”

It forms a collection of stories and journeys about how these individuals or groups have gotten to where they are today, their ‘pearls of wisdom’, ‘cusp of fame moments’ and what they hope for in the future, with the aim of inspiring others.

The idea behind Dental Spotlight began at dental school. I had known for the longest time that I wanted to study dentistry and that path seemed quite straightforward to me but I had never thought about my future after dental school. Looking around at my tutors, consultants and dentists outside of Guy’s Hospital doing incredibly well, it made me wonder what came next. Whereas at secondary school you get so much information about your career options, I felt there wasn’t as much information available about career pathways in dental school. 

I have always loved writing and the concept of blogging, so I knew I could combine this in order to make a dental blog based on what information I thought was lacking somewhat. The name of the blog arose with a vision I had for the logo with a dentist under the dental light- I quite literally wanted to put others in the spotlight and share their stories. Dental Spotlight was born!

Dental Spotlight was born in my third year of dental school. The hardest part was putting a website together having had no experience in web design, graphic design or Wordpress, so it took me just under a year until there were any blog posts available! I found that dentists and others in the field were very willing to talk about their careers, so finding people to ‘profile’ was pretty easy and I’m really proud of the content that’s on the blog so far- we’ve covered academics, young dentists, a dental editor, a practice owner, a dental admissions tutor and even a dental app founder. There’s a lot of variation, and certainly going forward, I want to ensure that the blog posts are never too repetitive. I will always go out and write about people who I myself would want to read about.

Dental Spotlight has taught me two key things about being a student at dental school:

Firstly, talk to people! I've never come across a single person in dentistry who isn't willing to talk about their careers and share their advice, and this is what makes the dental community very special. I would also say that the blog has made me realise that, even though our dental studies can get the better of us and take over, university is not just about carving out your career path, it’s also about finding yourself, exploring your passions and coming up with new ideas. That’s my “pearl of wisdom” for any dental student and I really hope that Dental Spotlight may inspire students and others in the dentistry even more.

Thanks Akta for your fantastic guest post! Looking forward to the blogs of 2016! To see more visit the Dental Spotlight website. 

Leave your comments in the section below!

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Dental Core Training - Why Should I Go Back to Hospital?

Dental Core Training applications are coming up. I've already had a few queries about it from those interested in applying... so why should you choose this over an associate job?

What is DCT?

Dental Core Training (DCT), previously DF2 or SHO is a year after completion of Dental Foundation Training (DFT) where you are placed in a training environment (most commonly a dental hospital or OMFS department).

These posts are meant to increase your skills in specific areas with hands-on treatment under supervision. It can help you develop our skills as a dentist but is also the first stepping stone onto the ladder of specialisation (see my previous post here about career pathways).

What posts are available?

There are lots of different posts available, here are just a few examples:
  • MaxFax 
  • Paediatrics
  • Oral Surgery 
  • Community
  • Restorative
  • Oral Medicine
  • General Duties
There are posts where you can rotate throughout the specialities. Overall there are around 400 posts available nationwide. See your individual Deanery websites to see what posts are available or see the COPDEND website

Why might you consider DCT?

There are so many reasons why you might consider applying for DCT. Here are just a few:
  1. You can develop your skills as a dentist and gain responsibility
  2. You can learn from other dentists and work under consultants and specialists
  3. You work within a big team, often in a multi-disciplinary manner
  4. You can work in a very social environment with lots of different people
  5. You can develop your career pathway and find out which direction you want to go in, for example do you want to specialise?
  6. You can learn skills that can help you gain further qualifications e.g. MJDF/MFDS (see my post about this here.)
  7. You will learn what is an appropriate referral to secondary care and what happens on the other end
  8. You can get involved in research and audit projects 
  9. Help you understand clinical governance
  10. To appreciate waiting lists
  11. To learn how to cope under pressure and how to prioritise

How do I apply?

Applications are similar to Dental Foundation Training, through Oriel. They open on the 29th January with some areas such as London, Oxford and Wessex and Kent, Surrey and Sussex amalgamating their recruitments. 

Last year for London, the application closed after the first 350 applications (this took around a day), so make sure you get your application in as soon as you can. It's not a tricky form to fill in - just personal details, qualifications, referees etc. Check the other individual Deaneries for more information. 

If you didn't know, I am a DCT at Guy's Hospital in London - my first 6 month rotation has been Restorative (I also do a day of Oral Surgery); we will see what my second rotation will be. I would definitely recommend my post. I chose it as I still see myself in practice eventually so picking a post where I can apply the skills I learn back in a primary setting was my priority. Everyone at Guy's is really friendly too and I see such a huge variety of patients! 

I hope this has helped you decide if you want to apply for DCT... Look out for my posts closer to the time of interviews with some top tips to help you prepare to smash them!

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

DENTEEZ: An Interview with Director Michael Khosrowpour*

Many of you may have come across the website DENTEEZ, but what is it and how may it useful for you?

I had the pleasure of interviewing Michael Khosrowpour, the Director of the site. He answered the above question as well as explaining how Denteez 'Makes Dentistry Easier'.

What is Denteez?

Denteez was the brainchild of two dentists: Essi Ganjeh and Nick Ghateh. They dreamt of making life easier for Dental professionals by putting everything they need together in one place. So they set up Denteez, a free global social networking platform. The site has been up and running for around 18 months now, although the idea for the site is over 2 years old and the site was relaunched 3 months go. Since it's inception it has accumulated over 4000 user profiles.

What makes Denteez unique?

Denteez offers all the services dental professionals need and encompasses connecting platforms linking professionals to colleagues, services and suppliers. It's similar to a 'Linked In' for Dentists but with other services such as courses, events, classifieds, jobs, news and support. 

The site aims to bring together the vast numbers of products and new technologies that are coming on the market and may be particularly useful for busy practice owners who can find what they need quickly. They can find out all they need to know about CQC compliance, marketing, recruitment and finance. 

Dentists can also 'showcase' clinical photographs to display their talents which may be useful for potential employers - a tool which may be useful for the younger generation who may be finding getting a job difficult. You can also update your 'About Me' section and together with your showcase, in effect build a 'CV' for employers.  

Who uses Denteez?

Our 4000 users range from dentists, to accountants and those in the dental industry (e.g. manufacturers) to dental care professionals (nurses, therapists, technicians). 

We have tailored our site to each group so each user can connect with what interests them. When you join the site you can choose what may interest you such as 'orthodontics' etc. and those posts tagged within this group will appear on your feed. 

Recently, we've added the 'Ask a colleague' feature, where dentists and DCPs can discuss cases confidentially and safely to help improve their practice and support all dental professionals throughout their careers. 

What are the plans for Denteez in the future?

We've recently launched our mobile app which is available to download both on Iphone and Android - as always the app is free to users! This way professionals can interact with each other on the go, for instance by using the chat function. 

Unfortunately I can't tell you any more at the moment.... all I can say is watch this space. We are continually developing the site and offering of Denteez to align with what our users want and ultimately, make their lives easier!

Denteez is a great way to connect with dentists and other dental professionals not only across the UK, but globally. It's a fantastic resource where you can find help, search for jobs and learn from other colleagues. Click here to join the 'Home of Dentistry' today!

Do you use Denteez? What do you think of the site and the newly launched mobile app? Let me know in the comments below!

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