The BDTA is looking for 3rd and 4th year BDS clinical students to write an article for publication in the dental press, online and potentially the wider media.
The article will be entitled Dentistry in a Decade and will be based on the findings from the recent Adult Dental Health Survey (ADHS).
Students wishing to take part will specifically need to consider the requirements of the over 45 age group in the next decade and the skills and services that this group will need.
The entries will be judged by a panel of professionals from dentistry in August and the writer of the winning entry will be awarded £500.
The winning article will be published in Dental Update and will also appear online on a new website being developed by the BDTA to host articles for health writers/journalists to access and use when writing articles.
Other articles submitted are also likely to feature on the website, with the winning entry.
Tony Reed, executive director at the BDTA, says: ‘We are keen to promote the benefits of visiting the dentist to the wider public and feel that a series of high quality articles based on statistical information is a credible way of communicating the message.
‘We plan to include the winning article together with other entries on a new website which health writers for the national and local press will access when they are carrying out their research for dental related articles. We look forward to receiving the entries.’
Articles should be no more than 1,500 words in length and the deadline for submissions is 15 July 2011.
For further information, and to read the full brief and terms and conditions for the article, visit www.bdta.org.uk/dentistryinadecade.