Brush your teeth to keep the dentist away

So once, twice, three times how many times should we brush our teeth a day? Well, how long is a bit of string? People have so many different factors to think of including patients who wear braces, patients with dentures and children who are just not going to co-operate as some people will be able to relate too, I’m sure! First off, its your mouth and it’s the entry point to your whole entire digestive system and your overall health so why wouldn’t you want it to be clean and healthy. We all make time for hair, makeup and picking …

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Dental Training Webinars

Dental Webinars

Dental Training Ltd have recently started conducting online webinars for dental nurses with Dr V Murugaraj.  Raj is a lecturer for Thames Valley Deanery and conducts minor oral surgery courses for dentists and dental nurses. The webinars are fully interactive with students invited to ask questions and join the discussions during the webinar.  We have found the webinars an excellent way for participants to gain and share knowledge on the topic. Dental Webinars We currently have the following webinars coming up: Nursing Skills for Surgical Dentistry on 2nd October 2021Suturing in Oral Surgery on 11th December 2021Oral Medicine for Dental Care Professionals on …

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A silver lining

A Silver Lining

Towards the end of 2020, we all had hope and could see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Approved vaccines, Christmas bubbles and the end of a devastatingly upsetting year. With the new strain, came the cancellation of Christmas bubbles, the start of a tiering system, and ultimately our third national lockdown. 10 months of lockdowns, isolation, social distancing, and grief, what is new about this new year? The struggle to keep positive, safe, and well during the previous months has at time been challenging.  But somehow, we got through. I have been fortunate that my family have …

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Sunshine

Sunshine in a Bowl

Its no secret that summer makes everyone smile! Who doesn’t love the summer? The warmth, the sunshine, the longer days. But why does the summer make us happy? Other than the escape from cold, wet and miserable months, we get Vitamin D! Maintaining healthy vitamin D levels can keep you feeling happy and productive. But more importantly it plays a key role in our immune health and this is especially important in these winter months and during this pandemic. It can prove difficult to get enough vitamin D from our diet but especially from the sun during these winter months. …

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Difibrillator installed at DTS

Dental Training Ltd have installed an Automated External Defibrillator at our office in Pamber Heath, Hampshire for the local community. Although we hope it will never need to be used, having the assurance that if one is needed, it is available. We are planning on creating a course for defibrillator usage in the near future, so watch this space. For more information on the courses we do offer, please get in touch,

NEBDN Topical Fluoride Course – A student perspective

I have recently completed and submitted my Record of Competence (ROC) for the Topical Fluoride Course.  The main reason that I opted to study towards this course and not the online certificate in fluoride application is because it is accredited by the NEBDN. Working and studying during a pandemic has been challenging in all aspects.  The reduction of routine care really took an impact on the amount of opportunities there were for me to apply fluoride and also to be able to treat a wide age range of patients that is required. However starting the pilot course at the beginning …

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Motherhood and Education

As a woman, I pride myself on multitasking. Juggling the nursey drop off, working part time and keeping my home clean with a stocked fridge. I didn’t think it possible to add any more to my busy weekly schedule. Until Covid-19 struck! After the novelty of being permanently at home with my family during lockdown I began to miss my work. My surgery, my patients, my input and skills, I missed everything that was my normal. I started to revaluate my working life and how important my career had been to me.  And actually still is. After returning to work …

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Core Beam Computed Tomograpghy (CBCT) in Dentistry

Core Beam Computed Tomograpghy (CBCT) in Dentistry

Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a medical imaging technique where multiple X-ray images are taken and then combined to form a 3D representation of the target. CBCT has become increasingly important in the treatment, planning and diagnosis especially in implant dentistry. During dental/orthodontic imaging, the CBCT scanner rotates around the patient’s head, obtaining up to 600 distinct images.  The scanning software collects the data and reconstructs it, producing something that can then be manipulated and visualized with specialized software. It is not used routinely, because the radiation exposure from this scanner is significantly more than regular dental x-rays. CBCT …

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IR(ME)R – Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations

IR(ME)R – Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations

Dentistry has used X-Rays for over 100 years to assist with diagnosis and treatment planning.  Radiation is extremely dangerous in large doses.  But when used in small doses, such as dental x-rays, the benefits far out way the risks.  Patients are often concerned about having an x-ray taken.  Therefore, reassurance may need to be provided stating that the low level of radiation, used for a fraction of a second, make x-rays an essential diagnostic tool. How X-rays work X-rays pass through the different structures of the tooth undetected.  The energy from the x-ray is absorbed at different rates depending on …

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