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MPs try their hands at the dental drill

Blog Author Anna Wojnilko

Blog Date 24/07/2017

​​​​Shadow Health Minister Lord Hunt of King’s Health watching a 3D milling unit
Shadow Health Minister Lord Hunt of King’s Heath watching a 3D milling unit


The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Dentistry and Oral Health – a forum for Parliamentarians interested in oral health, for which the BDA provides a secretariat – held their latest event in Parliament on 12 July.

 

In a change from the serious panel discussions so typical for APPG events, this informal interactive drop-in, entitled “Do you have what it takes to be a dentist?”, promoted a positive image of dentistry by showcasing advances in dental technology to politicians and civil servants.

Visitors, including numerous MPs, Lords, and senior stakeholders such as the Chief Dental Officer Sara Hurley and the Director of Health and Social Care at NICE Prof Gillian Leng, tried their hands at a wide range of dental equipment, from historic dental tools, through to cutting-edge techniques such as a virtual reality training unit, lasers, 3D scanning and milling.

We were pleased to see this many Parliamentarians from both sides of the House come by to see how dentistry has changed over the centuries – some MPs got really competitive trying to spin the BDA Museum treadle drill fast enough to get to the top of our leader board! More importantly we were delighted the event gave us a chance to speak to politicians about wider issues affecting oral health and challenges facing dentists, and we will be following up on many of these conversations with meetings in the coming months.

anna-wonjiko.jpgAnna Wojnilko

BDA Public Affairs Adviser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Photo gallery

Lord Colwyn, BDA Chair Mick Armstrong, BDA Chief Executive Peter Ward and Job Moerman from MOOG watch Sir Kevin Barron MP try his hand at a virtual reality training unit.  

Lord Colwyn, BDA Chair Mick Armstrong, BDA Chief Executive Peter Ward and Job Moerman from MOOG watch Sir Kevin Barron MP try his hand at a virtual reality training unit
Iain Duncan Smith MP and Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Baroness Walmsley watch a 3D dental scanner in action.  

Iain Duncan Smith MP and Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Baroness Walmsley watch a 3D dental scanner in action
Chief Dental Officer Sara Hurley speaking to Chair of the APPG Sir Paul Beresford MP

Chief Dental Officer Sara Hurley speaking to Chair of the APPG Sir Paul Beresford MP
Shadow Minister for dentistry Julie Cooper MP speaking to Mick Armstrong 

Shadow Minister for dentistry Julie Cooper MP speaking to Mick Armstrong
Steve Reed MP extracting a tooth using a 17th century dental key 

Steve Reed MP extracting a tooth using a 17th century dental key
Alex Cunningham MP spinning a Victorian treadle drill 

Alex Cunningham MP spinning a Victorian treadle drill
Lord Colwyn and Peter Ward 

Lord Colwyn and Peter Ward
SNP Health Spokesperson Dr Philippa Whitford and Sir Paul Beresford MP trying virtual reality dentistry 

SNP Health Spokesperson Dr Philippa Whitford and Sir Paul Beresford MP trying virtual reality dentistry

David Linden MP speaking to Chief Executive of the BDIA Edmund Proffitt 

David Linden MP speaking to Chief Executive of the BDIA Edmund Proffitt
Director of Health and Social Care at NICE Prof Gillian Leng exploring the exhibition 

Director of Health and Social Care at NICE Prof Gillian Leng exploring the exhibition
 

Improving oral health services

The BDA holds the secretariat of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Dentistry and Oral Health and we help to organise regular events with expert speakers including ministers, dentists, patient representatives and NHS officials.
 
The Group brings together industry stakeholders with MPs and Peers from across the political spectrum to debate key issues and campaign to improve oral health and the quality of dental services.
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