Improving management of a painful condition – David Gillam The British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show 2019

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  Posted by: Dental Design      2nd March 2019

Dentine hypersensitivity is a fairly common condition that is painful and uncomfortable for patients. It is believed to be caused through loss of protective enamel by means of erosion, attrition or abrasion, leading to dentine exposure. Gingival recession is another possible cause; whether due to a hard tooth brushing technique, soft tissue surgery, tooth preparation, excessive flossing or periodontal disease.

Management and improvement of dentine hypersensitivity can be difficult for dental hygienists and dental therapists. It requires regular reviews and careful monitoring, as well as selection of appropriate and effective products that can help to alleviate symptoms for the patient and address the root cause of the condition.

This is a field in which David Gillam – Clinical Reader in Translational Research in relation to dentistry at the Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and a Specialist Periodontist – has a wealth of experience. In the past, he has worked at King’s Dental Hospital teaching both dental hygienists and undergraduate students, and he was a Research Fellow, Senior Research Fellow and University Lecturer at the Eastman Dental Institute for Oral HealthCare Sciences for around 10 years. David’s research focused on dentine hypersensitivity and he has since been involved with both laboratory and clinical studies on various oral care products.

David will be among the highly esteemed speakers addressing dental hygienists and dental therapists at the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show 2019. Speaking in the dedicated Hygienist & Therapist Symposium, he will be sharing his extensive expertise on the topic of dentine sensitivity.

“I will provide an overview on the management of dentine hypersensitivity, including current treatment modalities and recent innovations in products which have been designed to treat the condition efficiently,” he says.

“Dentine hypersensitivity is a troublesome condition for the patient and can have an impact of their quality of life. For the clinician, the condition can be difficult to manage effectively and as such, an awareness of the range of products and techniques that are available to treat dentine hypersensitivity can be of benefit.

“There are a number of challenges facing clinicians in this area. For example, it would appear that dentine hypersensitivity may be under diagnosed in daily practice and as such, the condition may not be identified unless prompted by the patient. One of the other possible concerns is that there does not appear to be one universally agreed product or technique that can resolve dentine hypersensitivity. It is therefore important to acknowledge that there are limitations to the effectiveness of any solutions used.”

David will be introducing delegates to BioMin toothpaste – a product that has been specifically formulated to protect the teeth. Its active ingredients have been shown to help remineralise tooth surfaces, reducing the early symptoms of sensitivity and decay. David continues:

“There is considerable interest in developing novel formulations that are similar to the tooth structure and bioactive in nature. These are able to withstand the effects of acidic food and drinks in the oral cavity.

“I hope the session will provide delegates with a workable management plan for treating dentine hypersensitivity in their day-to-day practice. I look forward to meeting colleagues at the Conference!”

The British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show 2019 will offer various learning and networking opportunities for dental hygienists and dental therapists to enjoy. In addition to David, the dedicated symposium will offer a two-day lecture programme presented by many other leading lights in the field. The expansive trade floor will also host more than 400 dental companies demonstrating their latest and greatest innovations. Whether you’re interested in oral health products, imaging technology, instruments or training providers, there will definitely be something of interest to you.

What’s more, there will be plenty of chances to socialise and enjoy time with friends. Why not catch up with colleagues you haven’t in a while? Or use the event to meet new people who could offer support and guidance to further your career? You will also have the opportunity to meet and join relevant professional associations, and to attend the prestigious Dental Awards on Friday night – so make sure you don’t miss out! The British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show 2019 is completely free for delegates to attend so get the dates in your diary today.


The British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show 2019 will be held on Friday 17thand Saturday 18thMay at the Birmingham NEC, co-located with DTS.


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