10 questions to ask before giving feedback

Post-it with smiling face
Dental syringe and needle Pitfalls

Needle breakage

MDDUS adviser Mike Williams offers some tips on dealing with this rare but distressing complication.

Man taking call on headset Advice

Call log

A range of common - and not so common - queries from dental care professionals

Patient undergoing laser eye surgery Practice management

Taking time off for elective surgery

Are employees entitled to fully paid sick leave?

Woman checking airport departure board Case file: Advice

Treatment abroad

...Dr C is reassured that in agreeing to see the patient she is not taking on responsibility or liability for any previous work carried out abroad....

Woman being examined by dentist Case file: Claim

Alleged substandard restoration

...It is also alleged that the restorations at LR6 and LR7 were substandard with Dr F failing to completely remove decay...

Dental surgery with radiograph displayed on computer screen Case file: Complaint

Mobile tooth

...Mr K demands that Dr G refund his treatment costs and cover additional payments for further “remedial care”...

3D image of The Thinker Professional development

Know your patient, know yourself

Dental business coach Alun Rees reflects on the career advice he has never forgotten.

Photograph of defibrillator box on wall Risk

Being prepared for unexpected medical emergencies

Would you know what to do if the practice was asked for access to its defibrillator?

Diagram of overlapping facial profiles Human factors

Catalysing civility – resolving workplace conflict

Mediator Owen Bubbers-Jones explains how resolving team conflict can boost staff wellbeing and patient safety.

Painting of surgeon John Hunter with backdrop of skeleton Feature

A more perfect language than that of words

Allan Gaw celebrates the reopening of the Hunterian Museum in London and the inspiring figure at its heart.

Dr John Alcindor Vignette

The Trinidad doctor who became a local hero

John Alcindor - Dedicated clinician who furthered the cause of equality throughout his career.

Bamboo toothbrush with leaves in background Environment

Making dentistry greener

If healthcare was a country it would be the fifth largest carbon emitter in the world – but a number of innovative approaches are giving cause for optimism.

Car keys and a whisky glass GDC

A brush with the law

When to tell the GDC about legal proceedings.

Human hand touching robot hand Ethics

The human touch

Professor Deborah Bowman defers to AI for her latest column – and the results are rather less than human.


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31 May 2023

Report uncovers "sickening level" of sexual abuse against NHS staff

26 May 2023

Dental professional numbers stable and FtP cases down in 2022

19 May 2023

GDC triples exam places for overseas candidates

18 May 2023

Children in England missing one-year dental check-up

16 May 2023

Scotland withdraws guidance on the extended use of face coverings

16 May 2023

Severe mental illness linked to lower cancer screening

04 May 2023

MDDUS Updates

Make sure you have the right level of MDDUS cover

31 May 2023

Plan ahead today for peace of mind tomorrow

25 April 2023

Advice for junior doctor members during industrial action

30 March 2023

Send us your photos and enter draw for Amazon voucher

29 March 2023

Scottish GDPs: ensure you check your email inbox

31 January 2023

Supporting members with temporary GMC registration – make sure you update MDDUS

31 January 2023

Protect your personal finances – with 20 per cent off*

30 January 2023

Editor: Ms Sarah Harford

Managing editor: Jim Killgore

Associate editor: Joanne Curran

Editorial departments

Dental: Mr Aubrey Craig 

Legal: Joanna Jervis

Insight Dental is published quarterly by The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland, registered in Scotland No 5093 at 206 St Vincent Street, Glasgow G2 5SG.

The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the various authors in Insight Dental are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of MDDUS.

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