Latest updates and advice

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The DDU's advice on tooth whitening

12 May 2017

Dentists, dental hygienists, dental therapists and clinical dental technicians can provide tooth whitening treatments to adult patients without fear of prosecution, providing they act within the legal and ethical parameters.

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Dental nurse indemnity - advice for dental professionals

11 May 2017

Dental nurses are required to have indemnity in order to practise and will be asked to declare they have appropriate indemnity arrangements in place when they join the GDC register or renew their registration.

Indemnity declaration to the GDC

4 November 2016

The GDC will shortly be reminding dentists to renew their registration by paying their annual retention fee (ARF).

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GDC to introduce case examiners as part of fitness to practise reforms

24 October 2016

From 1 November 2016, the GDC is introducing several important reforms to its fitness to practise (FTP) procedures that are intended to make them less protracted and more proportionate.

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MHRA warns dental professionals against purchasing poor quality equipment

11 October 2016

Dental professionals should be wary of purchasing counterfeit and unapproved dental equipment from auction websites as it may put the safety of their patients at risk.

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Making adjustments for obese patients

24 March 2016

More dental professionals are seeking our advice about whether they can safely treat patients who weigh more than 20 stone, the limit for most standard dental chairs.

CQC asks dental professionals to accentuate the positives

5 January 2016

Dental practices are now being encouraged to highlight examples of ‘notable practice’ to inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) so these can be included in their reports from January 2016.

Be cautious when accepting gifts this Christmas

14 December 2015

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) is warning members to be cautious when considering accepting gifts from a patient or professional contact this festive season.

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New obligation for healthcare professionals to report FGM

5 November 2015

Since 31 October 2015, dental professionals in England and Wales have had a legal obligation to notify the police if they discover that an act of female genital mutilation (FGM) appears to have been carried out on a girl under the age of 18.

Dental hygienists and therapists and soft tissue examinations

18 May 2015

Following a recent GDC case involving a DDU hygienist and therapist member, the DDU has been asked to clarify the position regarding the remit of hygienists and therapists when carrying out soft tissue examinations.