Enlightening education – BDA theatre – BDA Conferecne Denitstry Show

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  Posted by: Dental Design      2nd July 2019

Among the many highlights of what was yet another vibrant British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show, the BDA Theatre definitely surpassed delegates’ expectations. The calibre of speakers coupled with the dynamic range of topics provided an exceptional learning opportunity for dentists.

This was the first time I’ve attended the event since the BDA collaboration,” said delegate, Dr Ross Pickering. “I think it was a really good idea. It’s been great to have so much CPD alongside the trade show. The first session of the BDA Theatre really stood out.”

During Friday’s line-up, Sarah Buckingham and Lauren Kearney presented an insightful session on the benefits of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) within the Community Dental Service. Encouraging a team approach, they advocated for dental nurses to get more involved in order to improve the experience of dentally anxious patients and enhance the care they receive.

Sarah and Lauren explained how CBT is non-invasive, can increase treatment acceptance rates, and is up to 70% effective in both the short and long term. Demonstrating a case study of a very dental phobic patient, they emphasised the importance of patient selection. They discussed how the first CBT appointment should be used to guide patients through the therapeutic process, helping them to rationalise their fear before they are exposed to dentistry. They also described how an “anxiety ladder” can be used to monitor patients’ anxiety levels at each stage of the CBT process, giving patients greater confidence in the lead up to treatment exposure.  

Linda Greenwall later brought delegates up-to-date on the latest tooth whitening techniques available in the UK, emphasising the need for treatment predictability. She covered the science supporting modern products and concepts and offered a wealth of practical tips to help delegates reduce sensitivity issues in their patients.

Changing topical direction again, Thomas O’Connor demonstrated his extensive experience in the provision of general anaesthetic to patients. He shared some interesting information on areas of the local referral pathway that are being evaluated and redesigned in order to improve and streamline the process. He encouraged everyone to embrace the NHS Digital system in order to deliver the most effective and focused care for individual patients.

With too many outstanding lectures to name them all, other particularly popular sessions included Shanon Patels’ lecture on “Predictable Endodontics” and Alif Moosajee’s presentation comparing analogue to digital implant planning protocols.

Maintaining momentum throughout Saturday’s programme, delegates explored the six fracture modes of teeth, pain management and periodontal care for GDPs. The world-class speakers enlightened professionals on the very latest techniques and materials available to improve patient care and encourage optimal outcomes in a wide range of treatments.

Mike Lewis took attendees on a safari of five key conditions faced as a result of oral medications. These include recurrent aphthous stomatitis, lichen planus, candidosis, geographic tongue and dry mouth. Mike covered the signs and symptoms of each condition and described how these could be correctly diagnosed and managed to ensure optimal patient care. For instance, he emphasised that there are lots of factors that predispose patients to oral candidosis, which can develop as a result of patients suffering from systematic issues.  

Bringing the programme to an inspiring end, Rebecca Moazzez considered tooth wear and the various dietary and biological aspects that influence development and management of erosive toothwear (ETW). She explained how ETW and dental caries share similar risk factors, particularly with regard to the consumption of acidic food and drinks.

“Toothwear doesn’t happen very quickly in the majority of cases,” Rebecca said. “Diet plays a big role in ETW, but we must also remember that there are other risk factors, including medical conditions like GORD (gastro-osesophageal reflux disease), that can contribute to the development of ETW.”

In light of the current knowledge and research available, Rebecca discussed how ETW should be managed by helping patients reduce and neutralise acids in the mouth, and strengthen the oral defence mechanisms that protect against disease. She closed her insightful session by explaining that, in the future, dental professionals should have a better understanding of the ETW disease process, and will be able to provide more effective ways to help patients manage or prevent ETW altogether.

Dentist, Dr Christine Deakin, said: “Rebecca Moazzez was a good speaker. She was very knowledgeable and provided great details in her presentation that you can use and take back to practice immediately.”

A clear indication of the many benefits afforded by the BDA’s collaboration with CloserStill Media, the BDA Theatre exceeded all expectations once again. Delegates left with a myriad of practical tips and insight into new innovations that they could start to implement within their own practices on Monday morning. It was a truly inspiring educational programme that gave professionals the fresh ideas, tools and clinical evidence they needed to continue raising the standards of dentistry across the UK.


The British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show, co-located with DTS.


For all the latest information on the next event, visit www.thedentistryshow.co.uk, call 020 7348 5270 or email dentistry@closerstillmedia.com



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