Guides

As a dental professional you have a professional, legal and contractual responsibility to protect patients' confidentiality.

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Receiving and storing video footage from online consultations

12 November 2021

Video conferencing and patient images can be helpful in remote consultations, but be aware of the dento-legal issues around receiving and storing them.

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Communicating with colleagues

5 November 2021

Good interpersonal skills have never been more important for dental professionals.

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Dentists' health and wellbeing: sources of support

29 October 2021

Dento-legal concerns can be extremely stressful for dental professionals at every level, but there are lots of places you can turn to for help if you need it.

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Prioritising periodontal checks

15 October 2021

Periodontal disease is widespread and as much a threat to patients' oral health as tooth decay.

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Records and reports in court cases

11 October 2021

Records can be critical in establishing the facts in a court case.

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Cosmetic treatments and dentistry

8 October 2021

Many dental practices offer procedures intended to enhance patients' appearance and confidence, as well as safeguarding their oral health.

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When consent is withheld

4 October 2021

Patients may give consent, but they may also refuse or restrict it.

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Protecting patient data

27 September 2021

Data protection law imposes a legal duty on those responsible for personal data to store it securely and protect it from unauthorised or unlawful processing.

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What do I do if I receive a claim?

21 September 2021

Receiving a negligence claim can be upsetting, but we can help guide and support you through the process. Here's what you need to know.