Every year the British Dental Association puts together a huge 3 day conference with an exhibition and talks led by experts in fields all over dentistry. The event is open to all qualified dentists, dental therapists and dental students. And luckily for us students it’s free entry!
This year it was held at London ExCel and it was my first time going to one. I wasn’t really sure what to expect and especially whether it would be mainly aimed at qualified dentists. My busy timetable meant I could only be there for Saturday so I registered for the event online on Friday evening and collected my pass when I got there.
The exhibition was perfect for us dental students to trial and learn about the variety of new and existing oral hygiene products on the market that we can advise our patients to use. There were also plenty of stalls from organisations open for students to join like Dental Protection – a professional indemnity service, and Dentaid – an oral health charity that works to promote oral health in third world countries. The talks were all based on topics relevant to all emerging and qualified dentists and included: dental caries, practice management and career development.
Last but not least – Freebies. Lots and lots of freebies. If nothing else, the lure of free toothpaste, chewing gum and pens has me marking my calendar with next years conference in Manchester. However, the star of the show this year was definitely the free Phillips Sonicare Airfloss worth £75, which will be getting its debut this evening! Oh the perks of dental school!