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Do dentists require a Hollywood investment to recreate the Hollywood smile?

The ‘Hollywood smile’ was once considered only attainable by ‘A-list’ celebrities. However, fast forward to a new millennium and achieving perfect, dazzling white teeth is now an affordable option for an increasing number of image-conscious…

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My story: volunteering with a helpline for dentists

In 2019 a group of dentists, spearheaded by Jeremy Cooper, created Confidental, a helpline for dentists in distress. The purpose of Confidental is to ‘provide emotional first aid for dentists in distress’. It is a…

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The big questions that dentists want answering this year

Zoe Close asks some well-known figures in dentistry what key questions they think need addressing in 2020… At the start of the year, thoughts turn to what may lie ahead. And in times of uncertainty…

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Your dentistry questions answered: flexible commissioning

As the discussion and speculation about the roll-out of NHS dental contract reform has rumbled on, there has been more and more talk about flexible commissioning. But while those who are familiar with the initiative…

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Is 2020 the year you break free from the NHS?

Deep disillusionment and unhappiness with the current NHS general dental contract was one of the key findings from the latest Dentistry Confidence Monitor survey. 89% of predominantly NHS dentists said they were unhappy/very unhappy with…

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What does my future in NHS dentistry look like?

Matt Hadman looks at how contract reform could impact the clinical roles within a dental practice… Reform of NHS dentistry will have an impact on everyone in the practice team. If you hold an NHS…

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One dentist’s story of successfully moving from NHS to private

Louise Hunter decided to move away from the NHS and into private practice after reaching a point where she was ‘sick of being on that treadmill’. Her associates at Louise Hunter & Associates in Northumberland continued offering NHS services but Louise had had enough and moved to private in 2017.

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How and why I left the NHS

Almost half of NHS dentists who say they don’t see themselves in the NHS in five years’ time are intending to move to private dentistry. That’s according to the latest results of the Dentistry Confidence Monitor survey.

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How does contract reform stack up against the current contract?

NHS dental contract reform in England remains on the horizon, although there is a feeling it is not as close as it once was. April 2020 had been put forward as the date that reform would begin being rolled out. However, that has almost certainly been shelved as the regulations that enable prototyping of the contract to happen have been extended for another two years.

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Dental contract reform- how will your practice be affected?

In the most recent update to the contract reform process, there have been proposals to extend the regulations that allow prototyping to continue for another two years. The regulations had been due to run out…

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Do you feel the GDC understands the impact of its processes on dentists?

90% of NHS dentists and 94% of predominantly and totally private dentists don’t feel confident that the GDC understands the impact of its processes and procedures on the profession. Neither are the majority of both…

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Eddie Crouch- The latest update on NHS Dental Contract Reform

Eddie Crouch shares the latest news on contract reform, including plans from the Government to extend the prototype regulations beyond March 2020, rising clawback and the increasing focus on flexible commissioning… Recently the BDA has…

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