|Tuesday, 22 May 2012|
On 3 March, over 90 delegates visited the College for ‘Teamwork – Straight from the Horse’s Mouth’, the 16th conference for Dental Care Professionals
First speaker, Dr Sadaf Khan, Consultant Orthodontist from the Eastman Dental Hospital and John Radcliffe Hospital, covered buried teeth and involved the delegates with audience participation in his demonstrations.
‘Managing the periodontium in sickness and in health’ was covered by Dr Manar Elkhazindar, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at the Edinburgh Dental Institute. This was a broad presentation covering the local and general factors that influence the progress of periodontal disease and modern treatment modalities.
Miss Laura Horton, a Treatment Co-ordinator Business Coach from Hertfordshire, discussed her role and how much the ‘treatment co-ordinator’ can benefit a busy practice as the individual can take away up to 90% of non-clinical matters from the dentist and the dental care professionals.
The last speaker of the morning was Mr John Robinson, a dentist to the veterinary profession. He explained that toothache in animals can cause dramatic behavioural changes. The most common problems are periodontal disease and dental caries, the same as people! Extraction is usually the best treatment; differences such as the longer, divergent and curved roots can make other procedures such as endodontics and extractions very challenging! Other oral conditions are feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions (FORLS), where the whole root resorbs: we were also informed that cats often suffer from gingivostomatitis.
“Speakers looked at the chain of survival and demonstrated how to recognise emergencies early”
After lunch and an opportunity to network with colleagues, the afternoon slot kicked off with Mr Callum Cassidy (Resuscitation Officer) and Jorg Prinzlin (Anaesthetist), who both work at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank, they discussed ‘Common Medical Emergencies in Practice’.
They looked at the chain of survival and demonstrated how to recognise emergencies early. This was done by enacting scenarios with volunteers from the audience. Each group consisted of one dentist and one DCP, thus promoting the idea of team work. They used role-play to get their message across and this proved to be a very effective way of communicating such an important topic in dental practice.
Mr Andrew Collier, Senior Dento-Legal Consultant at the Dental Protection Society, completed the day’s lectures with a review of ethics and professionalism. He went over the regulations prior to registration and the opening up of the DCP register for all groups. He commented that registration also had brought with it new responsibilities.
All elements of this conference were enjoyed by the delegates and it was a great opportunity to gain CPD points, as well as catch up with colleagues.
Thanks to course organisers Janet Robins and Amelia Bray for inviting the speakers and chairing two of the sessions, and to Barry Appleby for chairing another. Finally, thanks to all speakers, and to the day’s sponsors, Dental Protection Limited.
Member of the Advisory Board for Dental Care Professionals, RCSEd
Hygienist/ Therapist Outreach Tutor and Associate Lecturer, Glasgow Caledonian University