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Pendulum swings

Michael Watson reminds us that the recent cuts in dental student intakes could have a lasting affect further down the line.

It was 55 years ago that I was applying to dental schools for admission. I tell you this not to reminisce about the 'good old days' but to give a sense of perspective about how decisions made in one's teens can affect the rest of our lives.

This week dental schools were notified that there would be a 10% cut in student intake this autumn. Those starting in 2014 could be retiring in 2060, one hundred years after I started as an undergraduate. Decisions made now can have long lasting effects.

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