Volume 5 Issue 1, January 2018

Volume 5 Issue 1

This month we interview two inspiring dental professionals about their career journeys; look at what training your dental team needs in safeguarding children and adults; focus on dealing with patients who suffer from asthma (with one free hour of verifiable CPD); find out how dental practices can facilitate access for the gypsy traveller community; and look at oral manifestations of systemic disease. Happy New Year!

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    Dental nurse and practice manager Priya Sharma grew up in Canada and moved to the UK in 2006. In addition to writing for BDJ Team, Priya has a varied background in pharmacy and pharmacovigilance, sits on the GDC's fitness to practise panel, and is married with two children.

    • Priya Sharma
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    Emma Hammett1 provides an up to date guide on managing patients who have an asthma attack in the dental practice.

    • Emma Hammett
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    Hazel Coey is a Dental Tutor for Workforce Transformation Thames Valley, Health Education England. Hazel began working as a dental nurse over 30 years ago and this year is President of the British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN). Interview by Kate Quinlan

    • Hazel Coey
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    Gypsy travellers have poor health in comparison to the UK average. They may struggle to access emergency and routine dental care because of social, educational and cultural barriers. General dental practitioners can facilitate better oral health within the community by improving access, which may require some adaptation to conventional practice. This paper discusses the experiences of a practice within West Oxfordshire and highlights areas in which the authors have found small modifications to aid appointment attendance and patient motivation. Primary care dental practitioners come across a wide variety of patients from very diverse backgrounds. Following a year working in West Oxfordshire, one group of patients has particularly stood out – the travelling community. The term ‘traveller’ or ‘gypsy’ refers to ‘persons who wander or travel for the purpose of making or seeking their livelihood (not persons who move from place to place without any connection between their movements and their means of livelihood)’ and includes those who live permanently or temporarily in settled housing. There are many different socio-cultural groups within this broad definition, including Romany Gypsies, Irish Travellers, Scottish Travellers and Eastern European Roma Communities.

    • E. G. Walshaw
    •  & A. Ireland
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    What level of safeguarding training does your dental team require? The Child Protection Company provides some guidance for DCPs.

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    S. R. Porter,1 V. Mercadente2 and S. Fedele3 provide a succinct review of oral mucosal and salivary gland disorders that may arise as a consequence of systemic disease.

    • S. R. Porter
    • , V. Mercadente
    •  & S. Fedele

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