Latest updates and advice

Since lockdown began, the profession has been faced with a torrent of new challenges and guidance and hundreds of DDU members have turned to our dento-legal helpline for help and support.

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Change in law on botulinum toxin and cosmetic fillers for under 18s

18 October 2021

Fillers and Botox cannot be administered to under 18s for cosmetic reasons in England.

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Making adjustments for patients who are obese

17 September 2021

The limit for most standard dental chairs is 20 stone, and allowances might need to be made to safely treat patients whose weight exceeds this.

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Royal recognition for DDU employee training programme

23 August 2021

The excellence of the Dental Defence Union’s employee training has been recognised by HRH the Princess Royal.

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Correcting misleading information in the media

16 August 2021

We can help if misleading information about you has been published or you think you have been defamed.

Useful resources

21 July 2021

The position regarding COVID-19 continues to change. Our advice is to stay up to date with the latest guidance from relevant government departments and agencies. See below for links to some of the relevant websites across the four nations.

Safeguarding vulnerable patients
Safeguarding vulnerable patients

4 May 2021

Dento-legal adviser Sarah Ide explores how dental professionals can help safeguard vulnerable patients, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic.

Returning to practice

8 March 2021

Following the resumption of face-to-face care for patients, it's understandable to have questions about the dento-legal implications.

Remote consultations
Dental professionals are reminded to pay ARF and declare CPD

4 February 2021

Dentists and dental care professionals are reminded to renew their GDC registration by paying their annual retention fee (ARF) before midnight on 31 December and 31 July respectively.

Virtual meetings
Conducting virtual meetings during the pandemic

25 January 2021

Alison Large, dento-legal adviser at the DDU, discusses what to do if you are asked to attend a virtual meeting during the pandemic.