Education in focus at British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show

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Education in focus at British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show

The Business Skill Workshop was just one of the numerous educational avenues available for attendees of this year's British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show. (Photograph: Brendan Day, DTI)

Tue. 21 May 2019


BIRMINGHAM, UK: It is no secret that the educational opportunities at the annual British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show are a prime motivator for many attendees to make the trip to Birmingham. This year’s iteration of the show, held on 17 and 18 May at the National Exhibition Centre, saw education take centre stage.

There were 250 educational sessions covering a multitude of topics at this year’s show, and many of these sessions took place in the various theatres at the event. The BDA Theatre, always a popular choice, hosted presentations on subjects as diverse as tooth whitening, composite versus ceramic veneers, and the essentials of periodontal care. Other theatres, including the Hygienist and Therapist Symposium and the Dental Nurses’ Forum, aimed for a more specific audience, and the Dental Business Theatre attracted large crowds of dental professionals more familiar with the finer details of osteotomy procedures than relevant employment law.

It was not just in these theatres that attendees could learn about further education possibilities. The Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, which has over 6,500 members and fellows worldwide, had its own stand at the show. There, representatives were on hand to answer any questions regarding the faculty’s wide range of examinations and courses and demonstrate to dental professionals the benefits of its newly launched Membership in Advanced General Dental Surgery programme, the only membership award benchmarked against Tier 2 treatment.

Numerous companies contributed to the educational offering as well, both by sponsoring educational sessions and by hosting them at their own booths. Ivoclar Vivadent, for example, hosted in-booth presentations on such topics as digital smile design protocols and how to work more smartly as a dental hygienist, and Align Technology featured a rotating crew of speakers discussing the company’s Invisalign clear aligner system and new SmileView online visualisation tool.

All in all, it was clear that, while the products on display by the big brands may have dominated the show headlines, the opportunity to receive vital education was a major attraction for both young and experienced dental professionals.

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