Dementia-friendly dental practice

Dentist treating elderly lady
Woman sitting at laptop Advice

Resolving patient complaints

Essential advice on not just handling patient complaints - but resolving them.

Unhealthy older woman Practice management

Dealing with long Covid as a disability

A recent employment tribunal case ruled that long Covid may be classed as a disability – what are the implications?

Man taking call with telephone headset Advice

Call log

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

Woman walking down long straight pier Professional development

The career advice you shouldn’t follow

The downside to one of the most common pieces of career advice.

Photograph of chocolate box and roses Advice

Unwanted advances

How would you deal with the difficult situation of a patient making romantic advances?

Red umbrella in amongst black umbrellas Risk

Don't get caught out on indemnity

You wouldn't drive a car without insurance - the same applies to appropriate professional indemnity.

Dental instruments - pliers Case file: Claim

Long tooth

...It is claimed that the bone loss present contraindicated fixture placement without extensive bone grafting...

Pensive young girl Case file: Advice

Disclosure to social services

...Social services is asking Dr P to advise them of any concerns regarding Kate’s health and welfare...

Clock calendar graphic Case file: Complaint

Reduced treatment time

...Mr V was 10 minutes late for a 15-minute appointment slot, leaving only five minutes for assessment and treatment...

Photograph of Professor John Gibson walking in Scottish Mountains First person

A long road

Professor John Gibson tells how he and his family responded to their grief over a devastating loss by undertaking an audacious challenge to raise awareness of suicide prevention.

Cover of Am I normal? Book choice

Am I normal?

Review of the new book by Sarah Chaney.

Photograph of John Orr Boyd speaking to the press Vignette

Putting nutrition front and centre

John Boyd Orr - Physician, nutritionist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Frayed rope about to break Advice

Ending your professional relationship with a patient

Making a clean break when trust between you and a patient has broken down.

Person walking along the beach Ethics

Out of office – the ethics of taking a break

Holidays and even the shortest breaks in working days have moral force.

Actors Ambika Mod and Ben Whishaw in still from BBC production of This is going to hurt Viewpoint

End the silence

We need to talk about suicide.


Shocking level of sexual harassment directed at female surgeons

15 September 2023

Dental care professional numbers on the up

18 August 2023

Digital phonelines a positive step says RCGP

18 August 2023

GDC publishes clarification on trainee dental nurses awaiting registration

11 August 2023

Treatment cancellations cause major impact

28 July 2023

NHS England plans for a challenging winter

28 July 2023

Some children waiting over a year for dental extractions

19 July 2023

MDDUS Updates

Professional pitfalls in social media use

02 October 2023

Get 20% off Income Protection for the first two years*

28 September 2023

MDDUS group cover

28 September 2023

MDDUS at the RCGP conference

22 September 2023

Advice for doctors during industrial action

19 September 2023

Notice of Annual General Meeting

21 August 2023

Advice for junior doctor members during industrial action

31 July 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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