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BDC and Dentistry Show speaker line-up Part One: Starts with Ben Atkins on patient understanding and improving outcomes

This May, at the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show, Ben Atkins (above) will look at patient understanding and behavioural change when he presents in the Hygienist & Therapist Symposium.

“My lecture, ‘Improving patient outcomes with Sonicare technology – presentation of trial results’, will be about learning the importance of patient trial outcomes, which reflects some of the work that we do in my practices. By getting our patients to trial an electric toothbrush, we allow them to understand what an electric toothbrush should feel like. We’ve had some really good results and patients have gone on to improve their oral hygiene, because they now know how their teeth feel when they are properly clean. Patient understanding therefore leads to behavioural change because once they understand what clean feels like, they can then go about doing it for themselves.

“In the Hygienist & Therapist Symposium, I’ll be considering the part dental hygienists and dental therapists can play. Should they be teaching the oral hygiene methods, or should someone else be doing that? What is the most cost-effective way to teach oral hygiene methods in the practice? I want to think about how dental hygienists and dental therapists can develop their roles and work within the team. How do they feel about working with a dental nurse and helping to get the message out? I really want to find out what they think about this.”

The Challenges of Mental Health, Addiction and Homelessness

Carole Houston will be speaking in the Dental Nurses Forum at the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show 2018.

About her session entitled “Free dental treatment for Blackpool’s most needy”, Carole said: “I think my lecture topic is relevant for professionals right now, because there is a growing community of people in the UK with addiction, mental health and homelessness issues. Dental care isn’t a priority for them and many are therefore living with oral diseases, rotting molars and the embarrassment of ugly teeth.

“I aim to demonstrate that it is relatively simple to reach out to this community by bringing dental care to them, in a safe environment. I hope delegates will understand a little more about mental health issues connected with addiction/recovery and be less frightened of offering preventative care in the community, using volunteer dentists and dental care practitioners.”

Supported and chaired by the British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN), the Dental Nurses Forum will host an array of first-class speakers, including Diane Rochford, Deborah Lyle, Katy Kerr and Leonora Ward.

The Gateway to Systemic Health

Melonie Prebble (above) and Victoria Wilson (below) will be exploring the oral-systemic link in the Hygienist & Therapist Symposium during a session entitled “Systemic health and us – The role we play in health beyond the mouth” sponsored by Phillips

They said: “In recent years, publications supporting the evidence of the oral-systemic link have become more available to us. Not only does the dental profession understand the associations between dental health and systemic health, but we also know that the general-public has increased awareness of many of these issues.

“We have always known that dentistry and dental hygiene are more than just about cleaning teeth and fixing cavities – we have a real affinity for prevention. This is an exciting time to explore what is hot on this topic and how it can contribute to the care of our patients.

“Some processes are well established with a body of evidence supporting them, such as the benefits of smoking cessation. We also understand about conditions such as diabetes and have protocols in place for optimising both oral health and glycaemic control. Moving out of the immediate clinical setting, it is important to build relationships with colleagues for a multidisciplinary approach. By working together, this helps to establish the very best, evidence-based solutions for each patient. We think having the time and the right communication tools is key for this.”

Endodontics: Simplification for Excellence

In his presentation, “Make it simple, follow the StyleItaliano endodontics philosophy”, Riccardo Tonini plans to share his tips and tricks for simplifying daily protocols and show delegates how to make endodontic treatment feasible, repeatable and more teachable.

He explained: “I would like to address some of the problems that dentists face and discuss certain issues, such as how to anesthetise teeth that need endodontic therapy in a predicable way and how to manage a ‘Hot Tooth’ without increasing patient pain.

“I also want to talk about cleaning and shaping; every day we are presented with a wide range of different root anatomies, which can make it difficult to establish a glidepath. I will discuss whether one should directly approach canals with rotary files or if this is a high-risk choice?

“In modern endodontics, a proper irrigation procedure should be the main part of treatment. There is a big difference between the time one requires to shape root canals and the time needed to clean them in an effective way. For instance, sometimes it is possible to shape a canal in a few minutes, but it is essential to take at least 30 minutes to achieve a proper clean before packing all the doors that separate the endodontium from periodontal region.

“I also plan to cover iatrogenic errors – how to avoid them and how to repair them. My step-by-step approach and useful tips will help delegates make treatment simple, as well as feasible and repeatable.

“My lecture will also cover mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA), which is one of the most researched materials in dentistry. Outcomes tend to be good and it is considered the ideal material for sealing the pathways of communication between the root canal system and its surrounding tissues. Indeed, it remains the material of choice for applications such as apical plug, pulp capping, apical barrier formation for teeth with necrotic pulps and open apexes, perforation repair, apexification and retrospective root filling during surgery.”

Riccardo Tonini is just one of the leading professionals speaking in the Special Interest Theatre on Saturday 19th May. Organisers promise: "Visitors with specific interests are in for a real treat thanks to an array of world-class lecturers."

The British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show 2018 will be held on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May at the NEC in Birmingham, co-located with DTS.

For more details visit www.thedentistryshow.co.uk, call 020 7348 5270 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.