Dental faculty guidance goes online

KEY guidance for dentists and their teams has been made available for free online.

The Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP(UK)) has published Standards in Dentistry, its comprehensive collection of standards and guidelines for primary care dentistry.

Acting as a guide to personal or practice-based quality assessment, it sets out specific basic and aspirational standards covering:

  • consultation and diagnosis
  • paediatric dentistry
  • orthodontics
  • management of acute pain
  • periodontics
  • endodontics
  • removable partial dentures
  • complete dentures
  • minor oral surgery
  • implant dentistry
  • management of dental trauma
  • making and receiving referrals
  • oral medicine
  • direct, coronal and root surface restorations and indirect coronal restorations.

Developed by a team led by Professor David Moles to reflect the contemporary clinical, organisational and dento-legal contexts in which dentistry is practised, the publication also summarises almost 70 standards and guidelines publications by the Faculty and 30 other organisations.

Areas covered include: emergency dental care, examination and record-keeping, infection prevention and control, medical emergencies, medications management, oral health, pathology, patient information, practice management, prevention, radiography, restorative dentistry, risk management and communication, sedation, special care dentistry and staff training.

FGDP (UK) dean Ian Mills said: “Standards in Dentistry is an indispensable reference guide which assists the whole dental team in identifying appropriate standards for the delivery of high quality care, and we’re delighted to be able to make it freely available for the benefit of all dentists, dental practices and their patients.”

Access the guidance at: www.fgdp.org.uk/guidance-standards