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Whitening for under 18s: Yay or nay?

Tooth whitening represents a safe and effective treatment option for many dental practices as patient demand is growing year on ...
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Periodontal classification and the increasing risk of litigation

Unfortunately, claims alleging failure to diagnose and treat periodontal disease top the list of legal action against dental professionals. Those ...
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Infection prevention and control appendix for dental practices: New guidelines

On 24th November, the UK Health Security Agency published new guidance for infection prevention and control (IPC) in health and ...
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Smoking and periodontal disease

Despite the well-known association of smoking with cancer and cardiovascular diseases, about 7m adults in the UK are current smokers. They may not realise that tobacco smoking also damages oral ...
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Implants: the indemnity issue

Dental implants are not really taught at University. Yes, students may be given a 1-2 day course on them, practicing ...
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Oral cancer and COVID-19

Referrals for oral cancer have fallen dramatically since the start of the pandemic, raising fears that many cases have gone ...
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Employment status of dentists, associates and hygienists: New IR35 rules

On 6 April 2021, changes to tax law were introduced that dental practice owners and staff should be aware of ...
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Dental care after lockdown: The ongoing impact of COVID-19

Dentists have been eager to know whether easing of national restrictions would be reflected in a revised standard operating procedure ...
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Vicarious liability: what does it mean for dental practice owners?

In a recent landmark judgement, a former dental practice owner was held vicariously liable for the negligent acts of their ...
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The financial implications of COVID-19 for dental practices

Dental practices in the UK have been hit hard financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial closure of practices, reduced ...
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Fallow times and mitigating factors

The introduction of fallow times after aerosol-generating procedures (AGPs) was one of a barrage of safety measures that enabled dental practices to reopen in 2020, providing reassurance ...
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Respiratory Protective Equipment

Among the many issues faced by dentists in 2020, the requirement for personal protective equipment (PPE), including respiratory protective equipment ...
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