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Dentistry's most popular blogs during 2018

Blog Author BDA Digital Team

Blog Date 30/12/2018


1. GDPR and dentistry: what you need to do 

 


It’ll come as no surprise to anyone that GDPR was a massive issue for dentistry to grapple with in 2018. We provided support and advice for members suffering from the headache of extra compliance and tried to make it just that little bit easier to deal with.



2. Four things you need to know about dentists’ pay


 


Your evidence on the state of dentists' pay and morale helped make our case to the pay review body (the DDRB), arguing for better for our patients and the profession. 

The process of receiving uplifts during 2018 was truly painful this time around – with unnecessary delays and confusion. We continue to fight for fairer pay for all dentists and a better deal for patients.


3. Oral health: the postcode lottery of childhood decay 


 


In spite of some advances in the state of children under-five’s teeth, we highlighted the shocking facts of oral health inequalities, by flagging up that Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s constituency is the best place to be if you want your kids to grow up decay free. 

Raising awareness of the effect excessive sugar consumption has on teeth has been a big part of our work this year, particularly around the impact on children. 


4.NHS dental charges: Stoking a hostile environment


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Chair of our England Community Dental Services Committee, Charlotte Waite, highlighted how aggressive Government campaigning was sending the wrong signal to hard-to-reach patients.



5. Young dentists' views must be heard on dental training reform

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A massive shake up to the way dental training is organised and run was proposed by Health Education England at the beginning of this year. 

Our Young Dentists Committee had a few things to say about it, and they are continuing to make the case to ensure dentists receive quality training in the UK, to uphold our professionalism and provide the best care for patients.

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