BSDHT Oral Health Conference 2021

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BSDHT Oral Health Conference 2021: 26-28 November at SEC Centre, Glasgow

The organisers for this year’s British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) Oral Health Conference (OHC) say they have ensured the programme is “packed to the brim with exciting educational content that represents some of the most cutting-edge information in the field.”

A spokesperson lists a few of the sessions delegates can look forward to:

Paediatric dentistry

During her keynote address at the start of the conference, Claire Stevens from the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry will explain how the childhood tooth decay crisis in the UK is definitely something that dental professionals need to be concerned about. The latest numbers suggest that on average, 23% of children aged five have had dental decay – a figure that rises to 34% in more deprived socio-economic areas.

With the pandemic exacerbating the situation these levels are only going to increase, meaning professionals need to be prepared to overcome certain challenges when treating children now and in the future. Claire Stevens’ session will address this issue, exploring the ways professionals should approach paediatric dentistry while detailing the ways dental hygienists and dental therapists can make a substantial difference.

Novel concepts in oral hygiene – science and practice

Gitana Rederiene from BioMin will be hosting an exploration of the breakthrough technologies and products in oral hygiene and discussing the science behind them. Those who want a deeper understanding of the latest solutions in the field regarding the ways our insights into oral biology are continually evolving will find some new approaches that could revolutionise care for patients.

The Dental Educational Reform Programme (formerly the Advancing Dental Care programme)

The Advancing Dental Care programme (ADC) has, since its inception in 2017, been a useful resource for professionals in the industry and an essential guide for dental education and training. As the three years of this programme have come to an end, it’s time for the new, updated Dental Educational Reform Programme (DERP) to better support professional training to meet the needs of modern patients.

Led by Malcolm Smith, Chair of the ADC, this session will cover one of the most important initiatives in modern dentistry, providing delegates with a clear insight into current patient requirements, available educational pathways, and other options open to those in the dental profession.

The myths and facts of prescribing and interpreting radiographs for the dental hygienist and dental therapist

Radiographs are an important diagnostic tool, but finding a good radiography course specifically tailored to dental hygienists and dental therapists is easier said than done. Hosted by Dr Jimmy Makdissi this second keynote session during the first day of the conference is an opportunity for delegates to really get to grips with radiographs, to learn more about what is acceptable in our scope of practice, and how to proceed.

Minimum intervention (MI) oral healthcare caries management – the role of the oral healthcare team

MI is fast becoming the preferential approach to caries management, but how can you ensure your patients are benefitting from this method? Professor Avijit Banerjee outline a number of solutions that can help make MI an achievable option – a fascinating topic that may change the way you treat your patients on a daily basis.

Common and uncommon oral soft tissue lesions – a practical approach

Throughout the course of our careers, we will come across an array of soft tissue abnormalities. Many will be harmless, while others will require expert attention – but how can we tell the difference?

November is Mouth Cancer Action Month, making this lecture from Dr Ciro Gilvetti is a timely choice for professionals who want to become more familiar with soft tissue abnormalities and to discover what these could mean for patients.

This is just a brief insight into the full educational programme available at the show this November. With each speaker offering an insightful and up-to-date approach, the OHC is bound to provide a great educational opportunity for everyone who attends.

BSDHT Oral Health Conference 2021

26-28 Nov at SEC Centre, Glasgow

To book your place, click HERE.

For more information about the BSDHT, visit www.bsdht.org.uk call 01788 575050 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.