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Belfast Dentistry school criticised


The General Dental Council has named a lack of communication between managers as the reason for slipping standards at Queen’s University in Belfast. The Council voiced concern that this was damaging students’ education and was ultimately putting public safety at risk, commenting that ‘There is very poor communication between the various parties involved in the delivery of the programme’.

Suggestions to modernise the training programmes, improve leadership, and bring in more specialist teachers were put forward, in the hopes that this would turn the tide and improve the standard of teaching. The GDC’s reports was severely critical of the university, commenting on the ‘overall lack of joined-up thinking.  Inspectors were unhappy with the low number of clinical sessions involved in students’ timetables, something which contributes greatly to the amount of practical experience received. A re-inspection is scheduled for early next year.

Professor at Queen’s University Belfast, Patrick Johnston, said that they were aware of the problems and the staff were working on some solutions, saying that; ‘We recognise there was a lack of communication between the various bodies and that may have impacted on students. Now it’s time to move forward.’

In an attempt to rectify the situation, Queen’s University have added four new posts to the team, with three more in the works for the next six months.

GDC highlights importance of teeth whitening safety


GDC highlights importance of teeth whitening safetyPeople contemplating receiving teeth whitening procedures should seek treatment from a professional practitioner, experts have suggested.

According to the General Dental Council (GDC), undergoing the cosmetic process performed by an illegal or unqualified specialist could lead to health issues.

In its new publication Considering tooth whitening?, the organisation has issued an urgent warning to the public about the dangers of unregulated professionals.

The warning comes after research carried out by the GDC in 2010 revealed that 75 per cent of people believed illegal practitioners should be prosecuted.

Evlynne Gilvarry, chief executive of the organisation, said: "Tooth whitening undertaken by untrained and unregulated individuals carries significant risks and the only safe option is to consult a dentist or dental care professional."

Earlier this year the GDC outlined proposals to alter guidelines concerning the temporary registration of dentists, who carry out procedures in the UK under the supervision of qualified specialists for training, teaching or research.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800582380-ADNFCR

High street teeth whitening under investigation


High street teeth whitening under investigationPeople contemplating improving their smiles with teeth whitening treatment should avoid visiting high street clinics, experts have suggested.

Addressing an increase in beauty salons and high street establishments offering the procedure, the General Dental Council (GDC) warned patients about the possibility of untrained practitioners.

Patients should seek professional treatment from an appropriately qualified practitioner to avoid the development of associated health risks, according to the GDC.

Dentist Graeme Tattersfield from Thornhill Dental Practice told the Dewsbury Reporter that members of the public should attend a reputable surgery when undergoing teeth whitening.

He said: "Even though whitening may appear a simple procedure, people need to ensure that the person is a trained dental professional."

This news comes after the GDC prosecuted a non-registered practitioner for performing teeth whitening procedures in Warrington.

Paul Hill was fined £6,765 after pleading guilty to four charges during an appearance at Westminster Magistrates Court.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800560338-ADNFCR

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