Shining a light on the future of dentistry

LightbulbsChris Barrow speaks to Practice Plan about what to expect from his Dental Business Theatre session at The Dentistry Show.

In anticipation of The Dentistry Show taking place in Birmingham in just a few weeks, Practice Plan, which for the first time has curated the programme in the Dental Business Theatre, provides an insight as to why a visit to this year’s show should be firmly in your diary.

The two-day show will see the Dental Business Theatre packed to the rafters with an action-packed programme featuring a line-up full of industry-renowned speakers, all of whom will deliver insightful presentations, sharing their expertise and knowledge with you to help you stay ahead of the game.

Just one of the speakers taking to the stage is industry heavyweight Chris Barrow. With over 25 years’ experience helping dentists be the best that they can be, Chris is on a mission to bring the future to light and help delegates of The Dentistry Show prepare for what lies ahead. Practice Plan caught up with Chris for a little taster of what you can expect from his sessions in the theatre.

Practice Plan (PP): What will your presentation in the Dental Business Theatre cover?

Chris Barrow (CB): My presentation is all about what the business of dentistry will look like in 10 years and what you need to do now to gain the advantage. I’ll be sharing with delegates the key trends in business that are most likely to influence the way that dentistry is delivered over the next 10 years.

PP: What new things can delegates expect to come away from your presentation knowing?

CB: They will definitely gain a more informed insight into where technology, e-commerce and demographics are going to take dentistry, both clinical and the business of dentistry, and healthcare in the future.

PP: Why should The Dentistry Show delegates attend your presentation?

CB: If you intend to still be around in 2026 and want to succeed then this is a must-see! Being aware of current trends and how they may affect your future – both negatively and positively – is essential to your success. I’ll be sharing my tips on how you can start to prepare now.

PP: You are also going to be featuring as one of seven speakers in the Pecha Kucha session, what can we expect?

Pecha Kucha is an interesting concept. I’ll have just over six minutes and 20 slides to deliver my presentation on 20 dental business ideas that haven’t yet been spotted or imagined by the majority in UK dentistry. Ideas that either haven’t caught on (but will) or haven’t yet happened (but are inevitable). I’ll be up against the clock so it will be very interesting and certainly entertaining to see if I can beat it. Expect a mind-expanding session filled with ideas.

To find out more about what the future of dentistry holds for you, join Practice Plan in The Dental Business Theatre at The Dentistry Show on 22 and 23 April in Birmingham. All sessions are free to attend. For details of the full theatre programme, visit

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