Gaining new perspectives and connections
Taking place over 18-19 November, this year’s Oral Health Conference, hosted by the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT), is just round the corner and promises to have something for everyone.
Looking at the big topics in oral and general health, the conference is giving dental hygienists and therapists the opportunity to get a fresh perspective on the wider impact of their profession, helping them look beyond the teeth and gums to a patient’s overall health.
The theme of this year’s conference, ‘perspectives’, reflects that, with a range of distinguished speakers discussing a range of topics such as inflammatory disease, external head and face cancers, infection control, radiography, peri-implantitis and more.
In a bid to bring together the profession from all over, the BSDHT is hosting the event in Belfast, giving dental professionals from the UK and Ireland the chance to network, make new friends, and learn from each other.
What to expect
This year’s conference will also see four of the UK’s chief dental officers on stage as special guests, discussing the vital role dental professionals play in healthcare.
The event also boasts a packed line-up of fantastic speakers, each focusing on an area within oral and general health that will get delegates thinking and, hopefully, open their eyes to new perspectives.
The conference also hopes to engage attendees with a social programme, including a breakfast meet-up for first-timers and OHC ‘veterans’.
BSDHT president Michaela ONeill is looking forward to debating different views of oral health, adding: ‘It is not very often that our profession gets that chance to come together, share ideas and celebrate together, that is why I am eagerly awaiting this year’s Oral Health Conference in Belfast.
‘We have gone to some lengths to appeal to the wider dental audience and bring together a programme that is not only interesting to our profession, but suitable for the whole dental team. Our two days of quality CPD also include recommended General Dental Council (GDC) topics.’
Michaela adds that attendees will get to hear some of the ‘finest speakers in the world of dentistry’ and meet with a variety of the dental trade, which brings together the largest number of dental care professionals in the UK and Ireland.
‘There really will be something for everyone,’ says Michaela. ‘This is more than a learning opportunity, I want our members to shrug off their early winter blues and join us in Belfast to celebrate all things great about our career.
‘I want our members to go home thinking that they have new perspectives and connections that will help take them even further in their careers. I am asking our members to come to the conference with an open mind, be willing to learn and share ideas and don’t be afraid to shake up the dental world.’
The BSDHT is a nationally recognised body that represents more than 4,000 dental hygienists and dental hygienist/therapists across the UK and beyond.
It maintains an ongoing dialogue with the GDC, the Departments of Health and all of the main groups representing dental care professionals, with the aim of bringing dental hygiene and therapy to the attention of government ministers and MPs in the UK.