It looks like it's been a busy year for everyone – so, just in case you missed it, here are our top picks from the BDA's blogs during 2017:
Uplifts: ensuring everyone gets their fair share
Henrik Overgaard Nielsen, Chair of the General Dental Practice Committee gave his Committee's view on the news of an 'uplift' from Government for dentistry, and discussed the thorny question of whether practice owners should consider giving associates a 'fair share'.
Dental training reform: more questions than answers
The way dental training is undertaken is being looked at by Health Education England. What does this mean for the future of the profession? We've asked for your views.
Vulnerable dental patients excluded through fear of fines
We got national coverage of the problem of exemption status, particularly for those dental patients trying to access the community dental services.
Nothing to smile about? MPs join us in speaking out on kids' oral health
We've been campaigning on the issue of oral health inequalities across the UK, and especially the shocking picture we see of kid's teeth, which we know could be avoided. One highlight was succeeding in getting the issue debated in Parliament in November.
Choking the life out of dentistry: declining pay
We highlighted new figures from NHS Digital, which showed that taxable income for high street NHS dentists continues to be in decline. Our campaign to reform the dental contract continues: Government say they are committed to it, but we are pushing for a contract that works for both practitioners and patients
Jimmy Steele: a great man and a great dentist
A legend of the dental world, Sir Jimmy Steele, sadly passed away this year. Many of you paid tribute to him online. Two of his students shared their memories of Jimmy with us.
Homeless and oral health: a neglected issue
This year, we joined forces with Groundswell, a charity focused on supporting the homeless, promoting their report on the homeless and oral health in London. We made the case for better resourcing for NHS community dental services who care for vulnerable patient groups.
Dental problems at A&E: why it matters
Some new research from Newcastle University helped us to talk about the problem of dental patients leaving treatment until the last minute and ending up in A&E. We argued that the Government's figures are way short of the £18million we estimate it costs to treat these patients, and we've called for a better strategy for oral health.
British Teeth vs the Hollywood smile
Why do Americans seem to think that all Brits teeth are like Austin Powers' compromised gnashers? It's really not true…!
Campaigning for better oral health
When it comes to oral health, we believe in prevention first: tooth decay is an avoidable disease and we are campaigning for Government's to take this problem seriously, to act now and invest in real prevention.
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