Outgoing BACD President Andrew Chandrapal and incoming Donald Sloss talk candidly about dentistry in the UK
During the BACD Conference 2017 the outgoing and incoming Presidents of the Academy spoke candidly and enthusiastically with Dental Review.
Andrew Chandrapal (above right) has presided over a developmental year for the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He explained that the BACD has continued its focus on academic prowess, the board working hard to concentrate on providing education for its 769 members, either free or discounted.
The Academy sees its role as a facilitator between the profession and patients, improving and enhancing the skills of the former while educating the latter about the potentially life-altering transformation modern dentistry can deliver.
Andrew sees BACD members receiving ever greater academic insights into patient assessments and treatment protocols through higher profile educators, harnessing the knowledge of a wealth of international speakers to the benefit of members and ultimately their patients.
He explained the importance of thoroughly effective examination and diagnosis before treatment begins, and said he is proud of the high ethical stance taken by BACD members. Such conduct, he said, reflects on the quality of the Academy itself, and will always be supported.
He then announced the BACD’s ongoing support for the charity Operation Smile, which provides treatment for children with cleft lips and palates. The worldwide operation has a UK contingent based in Wimbledon, and, Andrew explained, delivers a perfect presentation of how dentistry can be a truly life-changing profession.
The last 12 months have been a year of achievement and success and Andrew has enjoyed great positive feedback from members during his Presidency. He is looking forward to the many more things to come.
Buzz and enthusiasm
Incoming President Donald Sloss (above left) began by talking about the way dentistry in the UK is seen to be in a very parlous state, but then said that the attendees at the Conference showed none of that. He had been swept away by the buzz and enthusiasm in the air, and said he would love to bring that same enthusiasm back into general practice. The Academy, he said, faces a much bigger job than just promoting aesthetic dentistry.
He wants to do more to engage academics in developing dentistry, after all, he mused, we are the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. But to date what has been done is limited, which might be due to a problem with funding. One project he is working on with Hull University will quantify the effects dentists have on the welfare and health of their patients. It will focus on one of Donald’s patients who presented with very poor dentition which had been fully restored, and which, she later told him, has transformed her confidence, social life, and overall sense of wellbeing.
He continued by stating that “bright, white, toilet bowl teeth” are not the point. An aesthetic dentist’s job is to preserve natural teeth and rebuild the patient’s smile in the most minimally invasive fashion possible. He admitted that a lot of destructive dentistry had been done over a short period some years ago, but modern dentistry is about preserving teeth and making them more beautiful.
Andrew agreed, saying that thanks to the consistent modality of the Academy’s education programme there are few organisations like theirs that can better advise members about best practice. For example, the keynote speaker at next year’s Conference will be John Kois from Seattle, one of the world’s leading authorities on the functionality and mechanics of dentition. Get the substrate right, he offered, and functionality follows.
Andrew and Donald explained how the BACD uses social media to outline the truth about the wonderful benefits dentistry brings to patients while dispelling some of the myths; and that the news media is now coming to the Academy for input and advice. They also outlined how it works to educate its members how to better avoid the pitfalls too many dentists have stumbled into. They then announced that the Academy will be rewarding members’ loyalty by recognising those who have been with the BACD for 10 years or more.
Andrew concluded by saying that the BACD provides a valuable resource and true net benefits to its members, a policy that the board will continue far into the future.
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